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PS50191: Working with offenders and victims

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 75%, OR 25%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 75%)
  • Oral Presentation (OR 25%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is: To provide students with a critical understanding of the range and effectiveness of interventions available in forensic psychology for offenders and victims of crime.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this unit students will be able to:
* Demonstrate knowledge of working with offenders and victims
* Demonstrate a critical understanding of the range of interventions available for forensic psychologists
* Identify strengths and weaknesses of different interventions for victims and offenders
* Critically evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions for victims and offenders.

Intellectual Skills
Students will develop:
* The ability to think creatively and analytically
* The ability to communicate an argument
* The ability to evaluate others arguments and research
* The ability to learn independently and to be able to assess own learning needs
* The ability to work independently
Professional and Personal Skills
* The ability to effectively and efficiently apply principles of forensic psychology within a range of settings and contexts relevant to forensic psychology.
* Sensitivity to the values and interests of a range of client groups including: different types of offenders, patients and at risk individuals, victims / survivors, individuals across the lifespan (including children and young people in conflict with the law), males and females, professionals, groups and organisations.
* Some knowledge of delivering interventions for offenders, patients and at risk individuals, victims / survivors, professionals, groups and organisations.
Transferable Skills
* Study and learning skills.
* Basic information and computing technology skills.
* Inter-personal and communication skills.
* Essay research, preparation and writing skills.
* Presentation skills and verbal communication.
* Independent and group working skills
* Advanced oral communication skills.

The unit will cover:
* Issues relating to the management and treatment of offenders and victims of crime from a psychological perspective.
* An examination of the different roles forensic psychologists have working with both offenders and victims
* A critical discussion of the issues related to working with a range of offenders and victims
* A description and critical evaluation of various interventions models and their application to a variety of offences and victims of crime.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS50191 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology
  • THPS-AWM13 : MSc Applied Forensic Psychology with Counselling