Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Special Topics in Forensic Psychology

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit will explore a number of selected issues of relevance to the work of a forensic psychologist. The issues include an exploration of critical approaches to forensic psychology, forensic investigation, victimisation, domestic violence, offending and the lifecycle and policing.The unit will examine the evidence base on such phenomena and their relevance for the work of forensic psychologists.

It will do this through student presentations on a number of topics following an introduction to the topic in class and a consultation with identified experts in the area.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit explores varying topics related to specific emphases or approaches to special populations in order to give future practitioners a deeper understanding of offending behaviour through greater student involvement by way of student presentations. It aims to promote course participants' desktop research skills, analytic skills and presentation skills.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- critically engage with a number of controversial issues in the field of forensic psychology;
- discuss the implication of a number of special topics to the practice of forensic psychology;
- explain the latest research on a number of selected issues.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- conduct desktop research on a selected number of issues;
- effectively present findings on a select number of issues during a class presentation;
- translate one's finding to an academic paper on the subject.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

A reading pack of journal articles on specific issues in Forensic Psychology will be prepared.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 50%
Presentation (30 Minutes) Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Chantal Avellino
Marilyn Clark
Gail Debono
Janice Formosa Pace
Saviour Formosa
Roberta Holland
Clarissa Sammut Scerri

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