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PS50191: Working with offenders and victims

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 75%, OR 25%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 75%)
  • Oral Presentation (OR 25%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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.

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.

Skills: 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.

Content: 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.

Programme availability:

PS50191 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

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


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