Module title: Advice and Consultancy

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY11108
Module leader: Alex McIntyre
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module will offer a comprehensive overview of current issues, debates and challenges in applied forensic psychology. The module will provide a series of research seminars to be delivered by professionals actively conducting research or practising within a range of services that interface with the Criminal Justice System in Scotland. For each seminar a practitioner will describe, analyse and critically engage with a current topic within his/her specialism. Topics will be underpinned by theoretical explanation and consideration of best practice. Module content will enable students to engage with a wide range of current topics and applications in forensic psychology. In class discussion, students will explore a variety of research methods and theoretical frameworks and will discuss tensions or challenges in working within policy at a national and international level. The module will provide a unique opportunity for students to interact with leading experts and academics in the most currently debated issues and areas of practice in forensic psychology.
Current issues in applied forensic psychology could include for example: personality and crime; biological approaches in psychology; sensational interests in offenders; power dynamics in criminal justice; witness and suspect interviewing; offender profiling; violence risk assessment; psychological trauma in forensic populations; offender rehabilitation; punitiveness and restorative justice; victims’ rights and protection; interpersonal violence; globalisation, terrorism and human rights.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Conceptualise and critically appraise the main, current issues, debates, challenges and controversies in applied forensic psychology
LO2: Formulate and discuss specific research and policy related questions as they relate to current topics in applied forensic psychology
LO3: Generate ideas about key controversies in forensic psychology by engaging in critical dialogue with experts and peers
LO4: Lead and contribute to critical discussion about applied forensic psychology via live and online platforms

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