UCC ACE Short courses

The Criminal Mind: An Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Psychology (taught online only)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    The Criminal Mind: An Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Psychology (taught online only)

  • Code

  • College

    Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    Ten weeks, Wednesdays 7-9pm, from 27 January to 7 April 2021

  • Teaching Mode


  • Fees

    €230. See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Students must be minimum eighteen years at course commencement. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Monday 18 January 2021

  • Course Delivery Method


  • Start Date

    Wednesday 27 January 2021

Course Outline

This course will be of interest to anyone from novices to professionals who has an interest in violent and criminal behaviour. Over 10 weeks the course will consider the criminal mind from a psychological perspective by addressing the various theories presented by criminology and forensic psychology. Participants will gain an understanding and insight into the relationship between psychology and crime by considering the deviant behaviours of child molesters, pedophiles, rapists and murderers.

1. Introduction to Violent, Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
2. Understanding Mental Disorders and Criminal Behaviour
3. Understanding Personality and Disorders of Personality
4. Psychopathy and Psychopaths
5. The Crime of Rape, Rapists and the Irish Legal System
6. Paedophiles and Child Molesters
7. A Special Look at Female Sexual Abusers
8. The Psychology of Stalking and Harassment
9. The Psychology of Serial Killers and Mass Murderers
10. Investigating Crime using Behavioural Investigative Advice

Course Practicalities


Short courses are non-assessed.

Who teaches this course

Dr. Ciara Staunton and Dr. Sharon Lambert.

Why Choose This Course

An exciting and interesting foundation in criminal and forensic psychology for those who may wish to pursue the topic at a further level.


Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €230..

How Do I Apply

To book this course please proceed to the booking area at https://open.ucc.ie/   Exceptional Education Experiences at UCC.  Click into your selected course and access the registration pages through the Enrol button.

A detailed guide to the new booking system, ACE Short Course Catalogue Guide, is available at the Foreward page at https://www.ucc.ie/en/ace/courses/shortcourses/

The closing date for applications is Monday 18 January 2021. Students register and pay fees before course commencement which is subject to sufficient enrolment. In the event of a course not commencing applicants will be informed and their fees will be returned.


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