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Course module: 500193-B-6
500193-B-6
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Course info
Course module500193-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Developmental Psychology; Development Psychology;
Is part of
B Psychology (English)
Minor Forensic Psychology
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
dr. M.J.N. Rijckmans
Other course modules lecturer
Lecturer
dr. J.J. Sijtsema
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
BLOK 2
Course mode
Full-time
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Registration for the workgroups opens after the first lecture
Registration openfrom 12/10/2020 up to and including 20/08/2021
Aims
After this course, students should be able to:
  1. Describe and explain the history of forensic psychology and psychiatry and its impact on the forensic psychology field as we currently know it
  2. Apply clinical, developmental, and biopsychosocial models in the explanation of antisocial behavior in youth and adults
  3. Explain the role that mental disorders and cognitions play in antisocial behavior (i.e., link between crime and disorder)
  4. Identify theoretical models and risk factors that are related to different forms and functions of antisocial behavior, including sexual offending, violence, intimate partner violence, and youth delinquency
  5. Distinguish various research methods and treatments in forensic psychology 
Content
Course content
This course provides a first introduction to forensic psychology. It is the first part of the bachelor major Forensic Psychology and covers the most central themes in this field. As such, it is an ideal preparation for the other courses in this major or minor (i.e., Risk Assessment and Criminality, Cognition, and Personality). The following questions are central to this introduction: What is the role of psychology in law; how can we explain antisocial behavior; how can we distinguish between different types of offenders; and how can we predict (re)offending?
 
Lectures
The course consists of 12 lectures. During all lectures it is expected that students maintain an active role and develop an academic attitude. As an academically trained psychologist it is important to stay up-to-date with the most recent developments. Hence, much attention will be given to new studies and new insights from the forensic psychology field.
 
  1. During the first lecture, we will briefly discuss the setup, content, examination, and expectations of the course. In addition, we will discuss the history of forensic psychology with an eye for international differences in the treatment of forensic patients.
  2. In the following lectures, we will discuss several important themes within forensic psychology. Specifically, attention is given to the explanation of antisocial behavior by zooming in on clinical and developmental models, such as the Risk-Need-Responsivity model, Good Lives Model, and the Dual Taxonomy of Delinquency. Moreover, we discuss the role of antisocial personality (e.g., psychopathy) and related cognitions (e.g., moral disengagement), and risk assessment in different offender populations (violent offenders, family batters, sexual offenders).
  3. The final lecture concerns a Q&A lecture, during which students can ask questions related to the course content. In addition, several example questions will be discussed.
 

Work groups and assignments

There are three optional work group lectures in which we will apply the knowledge from the lectures and provide a more active engagement with the course material. There is an assignment tied to each work group lecture. Attending the work group lectures and making the assignment helps in understanding the course material and provides more insight in the practical aspects of forensic psychology (e.g., working as forensic psychologist, characteristics of forensic patients). Work groups are not mandatory and assignments do not count towards the final grade.
 

Examination

There will be a multiple choice exam. 

Course materials

Course materials consist of a collection of scientific articles and book chapters. A list of course materials will be made available at the start of the course.

Course available for exchange students
Conditions of admission apply
Contact person
dr. J.J. Sijtsema
Timetable information
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Written test opportunities
DescriptionTestBlockOpportunityDate
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01BLOK 2225-01-2021
Written test opportunities (HIST)
DescriptionTestBlockOpportunityDate
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01BLOK 2121-12-2020
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Tests
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