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SC2017 The Criminal Mind: An Introduction to Criminal and Forensic Psychology

Ended 7 Apr 2021

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Full course description

Course Overview

This course will be of interest to anyone from novices to professionals who has an interest in violent and criminal behaviour. Over 10 weeks the course will consider the criminal mind from a psychological perspective by addressing the various theories presented by criminology and forensic psychology. Participants will gain an understanding and insight into the relationship between psychology and crime by considering the deviant behaviours of child molesters, pedophiles, rapists and murderers.


Course Schedule 


Classes will be delivered online on Wednesdays 7-9pm for eight weeks from 27 January to 7 April.


1. Introduction to Violent, Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
2. Understanding Mental Disorders and Criminal Behaviour
3. Understanding Personality and Disorders of Personality
4. Psychopathy and Psychopaths
5. The Crime of Rape, Rapists and the Irish Legal System
6. Paedophiles and Child Molesters
7. A Special Look at Female Sexual Abusers
8. The Psychology of Stalking and Harassment
9. The Psychology of Serial Killers and Mass Murderers
10. Investigating Crime using Behavioural Investigative Advice

Course Lecturers

Dr. Ciara Staunton and Dr. Sharon Lambert

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years old at course commencement.


Short courses are not assessed. Students will receive a UCC Certificate of Attendance upon completion.

Closing Date for Application

Monday 18 January

Contact Details for Further Information

Regina Sexton, Phone: 021-4904700, Email: