Learn about Criminology and Forensic Psychology form an historical, contemporary and progressive perspective.
The Diploma in Criminology & Forensic Psychology is to equip learners with a basic understanding of various fields of Criminology (the scientific study of crime) and Forensic Psychology from a historical, contemporary and progressive perspective. In addition, fundamental psychological concepts will be considered, including personality disorders, mental disorder and crime, alongside social & environmental theories of crime and familial correlates of crime – to name but four. At the end of the course, learners will have a detailed understanding of the psychology and nature of criminal conduct.
Approved for 9 CPD credits for Psychological Society of Ireland members
The Criminology Association of Ireland
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 in Dublin in April 2020.
This event has been approved for CPD credits for members of the Psychology Society of Ireland.
Diploma in Criminology Course Outline
Week 1 – Introduction: nature or nurture? Measuring crime – separating fact from fiction.
Week 2 – Social, Family & Environmental Theories of Crime – if only my parents cared.
Week 3 – Biological traits, personal attributes and the mentally disordered mind.
Week 4 – Psychopathy 1 – The Hare Test & the criminal psychopath
Week 5 – Psychopathy 2 – The psychopaths among us; bad men in good jobs.
Week 6 – Serial Killers – strangers in the night?
Week 7 – Aggression, violence and stalking.
Week 8 – Sexual Deviation & Sex Offenders – inside the mind of the sex abuser.
Week 9 – Prison hierarchy and sociology – the inmate code.
Week 10 – Offender Profiling & Police Interrogation Techniques.
This event has been approved for CPD credits for members of the Psychology Society of Ireland.
Diploma in Criminology Course Content
1. Introduction to Criminology & Forensic Psychology
The social scientific study of criminology
The psychology of criminal behaviour
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
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
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
Interface between bio-familial correlates & forensic psycho-variables
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.
Diploma in Criminology Course Fee
(€1,195 if paying in instalments)
Online course: €995
(€1,095 if paying in instalments)
If paying in instalments by direct debit, the deposit to book a place is €150 and the balance is split into three equal monthly payments.
Non-EU students: Call +353 1 4160034
Students must attend at least 80% of classes to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided.
If completing the course online, students’ attendance and participation of the live or recorded classes is tracked through Moodle.
A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma.
Students are assessed by way of a 2,500 word assignment.
John O’Keeffe is a Criminologist, Lecturer in Forensic Psychology & Criminal Law, and Broadcaster. If you would like to hear John speaking on a Criminology matter on his weekly radio show, namely the relationship between Terrorism and Psychopathy, you may listen here.
John is Director, Colleges of Criminology & Psychology at City Colleges, Dublin where he is also a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law which he teaches on the FE1 Examinations and the Entrance Examination for the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. He is a Magistrate in the UK where he sits on the Northumbrian Bench and an Associate Member of and the New Zealand Bar Association. John is formerly Adjunct Faculty at Trinity College Dublin where he was Assistant Professor at the School of Psychology.
John is a graduate of University College Dublin, UWE Bristol, London Met. University and the University of Cambridge, where he is a life member of Homerton College. He is also an Associate Member of Exeter College, Oxford and was awarded a Doctoratus in Gister Studiorum (ad eundem Cantab.) from Trinity College, Dublin.
John was appointed a Visiting Scholar at the Centre in Crime, Justice & Policing at the University of Birmingham and teaches on the Forensic Doctoral programme(s) in the School of Psychology in Birmingham. He also holds Honorary Visiting Fellowships in the Dept. of Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour at the University of Leicester and Dept. of Sociology at the University of Surrey. He is currently Editor of the Garda Review. He is also a Director of the charity, AdVIC (Advocates for the Victims of Homicide).
Why City Colleges?
- Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
- Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
- City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
- Study rooms and library in our City Centre location
- Limited class size
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.
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.
Excellent course. Very informative and beneficial.
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.
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.
It would be hard to improve this course, as it is very well delivered at each lecture.
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.