Course Overview

This criminology course from the outset, students will gain knowledge regarding matters such as the measurement and distribution of crime in society and official responses with regard to crime prevention and investigation. During the course, students will be exposed to the psychology of criminal conduct and be able to appreciate a range of perspectives from relevant literature that seeks to shed light on crime and its commission, from psychopathy and sexual offending to serial killing. By its conclusion, attendees will have a significant understanding of crime categories, offending behaviours, and how a criminological and psychological understanding impacts on prevention, rehabilitation, and treatment.

This course is offered from our Dublin City Centre location (South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2) and online nationwide.

Successful participants will be invited to attend a graduation.

This event has been approved for CPD credits for members of the Psychology Society of Ireland.


The aims of our Diploma in Criminology course are to:

Provide students/learners with a critical foundation in, and understanding and comprehension of, the principles; concepts; theories; applications and contexts of criminology & forensic psychology and the relationship between these subjects and respective discipline areas.

Support student/learners in developing a critical set of perspectives with which they may analyse, evaluate, and demonstrate a critical understanding of the differing perspectives of the sociology of crime, criminology and forensic psychology and the relationship between these.

Provide students/learners with a clear and current body of relevant and current knowledge; information, terminology and definitions; academic and practical sources and case studies; and examples of evidence, in order that they may develop their skills and their use and application of these in the field areas of Criminology and Forensic Psychology and related academic and/or career and/or professional practice

Provide students/learners with a variety of transferable skills to support participants in the practical application of these in clinical, educational, criminal justice, related professional areas, and personal contexts where this may be appropriate given the level of training, experience and qualifications of the student.

Course Modules

  • Introduction: nature or nurture? Measuring crime – separating fact from fiction.
  • Social, Family & Environmental Theories of Crime – if only my parents cared.
  • Biological traits, personal attributes and the mentally disordered mind.
  • Psychopathy 1 – The Hare Test & the criminal psychopath
  • Psychopathy 2 – The psychopaths among us; bad men in good jobs.
  • Serial Killers – strangers in the night?
  • Aggression, violence and stalking.
  • Sexual Deviation & Sex Offenders – inside the mind of the sex abuser.
  • Prison hierarchy and sociology – the inmate code.
  • Offender Profiling & Police Interrogation Techniques.

This event has been approved for CPD credits for members of the Psychology Society of Ireland.

Learning Outcomes

1. Introduction to Criminology & Forensic Psychology

The social scientific study of criminology
The psychology of criminal behaviour
The interface between two disciplines – the “nature” v “nurture” debate

2. Personality Disorders, Mental Health and Crime

The “Dark Triad” of Personality Disorders and Crime
Mental disorders and crime
The interface between mental health issues/disorders and external factors

3. Social & Environmental Causes of Crime

Theoretical explanations of social correlates of crime
Environmental and situational criminology
The interface between social/environmental correlates & psycho-variables

4. Familial & Biological Correlates of Crime

Crime, family and delinquency – the risk factors
Biological and genetic factors in criminal behaviour
The interface between bio-familial correlates & forensic psycho-variables

Course Award

City Colleges Diploma


A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding the Diploma.

Students are assessed by way of a 2,500-word assignment.


John Deane-O’Keeffe FRSA, MRHistS, LLMin.

Doct. in Gister Studiorum (ad eundem Cantab.) (TCD) M.St. (Cantab.) PgDipCrim. (Cantab.) MA (Laws) PgDipLaw (LMU) DipLS (TUD) LL.B. (UWE) BA (UCD) CCTP (TCD) C.HEd (Oxon.)

John Deane-O’Keeffe is a Criminologist, Lecturer in Law & Forensic Psychology and a Historian. He is also a Journalist and Radio Broadcaster.

John is currently Dean, College of Criminology & Policing Studies at City Colleges, Dublin where he is also a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law on the FE1 programme. He is a Magistrate in England where he sits on the Northumbrian Bench and is also a Senior Lecturer at St Mark & St John University, Plymouth. Additionally, he is also a Tutor in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, where he teaches Criminology & the Psychology of Criminal Behaviour.

John is formerly Adjunct Faculty at Trinity College Dublin where he was Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology. He also spent a decade as Head of the Law School at Dublin Business School and was Communications Director and Editor of the Garda Review at the Garda Representative Association. John also worked for many years in the City of London as a Banker in UBS where he was an Associate Director in the Risk Management division before holding the position of Assistant Director in the Legal Department (Debt & Derivatives) at Investment Bank, ING Barings.

John has undertaken undergraduate studies in History, Law and Theology at UCD, TCD, Bristol and the University of Oxford and holds post graduate degrees in Criminology/Forensic Psychology and law from TCD, London Met and the University of Cambridge. He holds a number of visiting posts at UK Universities and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Royal Historical Society. John also has a special interest in history and theology and the intersection of these two disciplines with all aspects of the criminal justice system.


I believe that this course should be delivered to every member of An Garda Siochána it is very relevant to modern day policing.”M O’Callaghan“After moving from South Africa to Holland at the age of 43, I decided I wanted to grow my knowledge in the areas that I have always been passionate about. I enrolled with City Colleges to do the Diploma in Criminology & Criminal Psychology online. 
From the very first contact I had, it has only been a pleasure. Sarah was ever so helpful and John incredibly informative with regards to all my questions prior to enrollment.
Paying the very affordable fees and receiving my login details was done efficiently. Studying via correspondence always made me think that it would be impersonal and I wouldn’t get personal attention when and if I had issues. I am thrilled to say that this was not my experience. The class given was prompt, it was professional yet never boring or tedious. John has a vast knowledge of Psychology and Criminology and the way he carried that over to his students (me) was passionate. The attention to detail and the study material supplied was always timeously loaded onto the system and I could access it at my leisure. The lecturer engaged with the class (even though I wasn’t physically there I was able to hear and understand their feedback or comments). He was also an entertaining man, if at all possible with criminology.
I never had an IT issue but if I had questions regarding this the query could be emailed through. Sarah is a star and I hope to be dealing with her again in September.
I have enrolled in my next course and I would encourage anyone who wants to further their education in the comfort of their own home, on whichever continent, to do so and City Colleges is a great institution to do it through.

Timara Bucas

John has a very friendly and approachable manner, and a great ability to keep the focus of the class.  Because of my studies with City Colleges, I now have a strong desire to further my education.

Shane Costello

Excellent course. Very informative and beneficial.

Shane Coleman

John is engaging, entertaining and knowledgeable.  His enthusiasm for the subject matter is contagious.  He has a huge breadth of knowledge and this enables him to link a wide variety of text, cases and individuals to bolster each of the subjects. John is always punctual and has a mix of text, video and spoken matter readily prepared to impart to the class, ensuring that all learning styles are catered for. I would gladly recommend this course to anyone considering an associated career or anyone who has an interest in criminology and would like an informative and entertaining short course.

Michelle Hourihan

John is a very good teacher, and at getting points across.  He has an obvious interest in the subject, which makes the lesson interesting as he is not just reading  off information.  He is humorous and brings a laid-back atmosphere to the class, making it enjoyable to sit through each week.

Hannah Quinlan

It would be hard to improve this course, as it is very well delivered at each lecture.

Elizabeth Mary Doyle

I would highly recommend the course to anyone, especially any one in the Gardai like myself.  If you have an interest in Crime/Branch in particular, then this course is definitely for you.  Extremely interesting but also highly relevant for work related purposes in a wide variety of areas in relation to crime investigation. Brilliant to have on your CV.  It was worth every penny.  I travelled from Cavan to Dublin once a week for the course and it was well worth it.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Detective Garda Ann-Marie Larkin


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