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7 Week Criminal and Forensic Psychology Course
Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 18:30 – Tue, 9 May 2017, 20:30 BST
Hosted at the Foundling Museum, the site of Britain's first orphanage for abandoned children.
This course runs for 7 weeks, 6.30pm - 8.30pm each week from the 28th March.
Each week, you'll learn:
Week 1: Why Do Some People Become Criminals?
- Is there such a thing as 'Natural Born Killers'? Jennifer will review the evidence for neuroscience, genetics and hormones having a role to play, including the scientific literature on what you can really tell about someone just by looking at them.
- Nature vs. Nurture? Should we blame the parents? Is porn to blame?
- Social Learning Theory - Monkey See, Monkey Do? Jennifer will explore this theory whilst considering mass murderers, school shootings and copycat killings.
- Criminal Minds – Hostile Attribution Bias and other 'criminal' thinking patterns.
- Control-Balance Theory – explore the cases of Jeffery Dahmer, Vlad the Impaler, Harold ‘Dr. Death’ Shipman, Ed Gein and corporate corruption.
- Rational Choice Theory – Learn about Angels of Mercy, John Hinckley Jr, and the infamous case of the Phantom Pooer!
- Exploring Other factors – the role of IQ (watch the Dating Game Killer in action), education, gender (and that time of the month!), the weather, and the effect of alcohol and drugs.
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Week 2: Why You Can’t Trust Your Memory!
Create your own Photofit of a celebrity as homework before the lecture; can anyone guess who it is? We will explore the neuroscience of facial recognition and how difficult it is to reconstruct a face for memory.
Could someone change or implant memories in you without your awareness? Jennifer will review the research which proves its much easier than you may think!
False Memories - how are they created? How common are they? Can we tell them from real memories? Jennifer will discuss the research and some fascinating case studies.
Learn about Interviewing & Interrogation Techniques used in the UK and US. Learn about the infamous 'Reid Technique' and watch it being used in the Brandon Dassey interview (real interview footage from the Making a Murder documentary).
Explore how to read Body Language and Facial Expressions
We all like to think that we would never confess to a crime we didn't commit. You will hear from people who have done just that, and it may change your mind... the problem of False Confessions.
Gathering the Evidence: Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Photography - why it is so important to corroborate/refute eye witness testimony.
Plus real-life case studies and tests for your own memory!
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Week 3: Psychopaths
- The Good, the Bad and The Ugly
- Why we need psychopaths
- Are You Psychopath? Take a screener!
- Psychopathic Children
- Bamber Massacre case study – who did it? Evidence packs including ballistics and toxicology reports, witness statements and crime scene pictures to inform your decision.
Week 4: Cult Psychology and Terrorism
- Conformity and Obedience
- Brainwashing – Lovebombing (The Moonies, Children of God), the Power of Language, the ‘Them and Us’ Mentality,
- Charles Manson & the Manson Family, Waco Seige, Jonestown Massacre.
- Prejudice and Discrimination,
- Hate Crimes and Terrorism
Week 5: Serial Killers
- The ‘Top 10 World’s Worst’,
- How Common are Homicidal Fantasies?
- How We Categorise Serial Killers + Case Studies.
Week 6: Criminal Profiling
- Learn the techniques of different profiling methods including FBI, statistical, clinical and geographical – and then apply these strategies to crime scenes yourself.
- Explore past cases where profilers have been used – both successfully and unsuccessfully.
- Solve the case of Jack the Ripper by looking at crime scene photos, replications of his letters and creating a geographical profile.
Week 7: The Criminal Justice System
- In Court: the Trial (competence to stand trial, Forensic Psychologists in court, biases, defendant attractiveness & jury psychology)
- Prison life – riots and living conditions
- Treating Offenders – is prison for rehabilitation or punishment?
Each week will be complemented with optional additional articles to read, documentaries or videos to watch, or activities to complete.
This venue was chosen to support it's work with marginalised and care-experienced children.
Located in Bloomsbury, central London, the Foundling Museum is a unique venue for hire near Russell Square and Holborn underground stations, and both Euston and King’s Cross St Pancras International.