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Take a deep dive into the world of Criminal Psychology and explore the criminal mind. Learn about the motivations behind criminal acts, the types of crime and the behaviors and reactions of the criminals behind them. Improve your critical thinking skills and get a better understanding of:

  • The science and psychology that supports criminology.
  • Criminal theory & the justice system
  • Impartiality, professionalism and conduct
  • Bias, how to avoid it and be culturally competent
  • Tools and abilities to carefully consider theories

Requirements

International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

Lessons

Module 1: Introduction

  • What is criminal psychology?
  • What is the role of a criminal psychologist?
  • What education is required to become a criminal psychologist?
  • Personal characteristics of a criminal psychologist
  • Career pathways in the field of criminal psychology

Module 2: Origins Of Criminal Behavior

  • Defining crime
  • Traditional theories of crime
  • Biological theories of criminal behavior
  • Sociological theories of criminal behavior
  • Developmental theories of criminal behavior
  • Psychological theories of criminal behavior

Module 3: Human Aggression And Violence

  • Defining aggression
  • Types of aggression
  • Biological model of aggression
  • Social learning model of aggression
  • Cognitive model of aggression
  • Integrated theory of crime

Module 4: Crime And Mental Illness

  • Defining mental illness
  • Causality and criminal responsibility
  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Substance abuse and crime

Module 5: Criminal Acts

  • Types of crime
  • Aggravated assault
  • Homicide and manslaughter
  • Serial homicide
  • Family and domestic violence
  • Hate crimes

Module 6: Sex Crimes

  • Sexual harassment
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Characteristics of sexual offenders
  • Sexual offences against children

Module 7: Other Crimes

  • Childhood abuse
  • Juvenile crime
  • Burglary, home invasions and theft
  • Cybercrime
  • Terrorism

Career

Who is this course for?

If you're a true crime buff, a lover of crime dramas, a maven of mysteries - this course is the perfect way to take your interest to the next level. It will give you an intriguing insight into another aspect of the criminal justice system and the minds of criminals. 

Career path

This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in exploring a career in criminal psychology. Becoming a certified criminal psychologist is an interesting and challenging career option with an average salary of $63,000.

 

Certification

You will be required to complete each lesson in full, and answer exams at the end of each course module. If your pass rate exceeds 55% on each exam then you will receive a certificate of completion, to recognize your achievement. You can immediately download your PDF course certificate from IOA.

Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Education (CE) / Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CE/CPD points are accepted and recognized by professional member bodies and academic institutions across the US and internationally.

All courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards (www.icoes.org). When successfully completing a course, students can choose to purchase an ICOES certificate that recognizes the achievement, from this third-party institution.

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    About

    Take a deep dive into the world of Criminal Psychology and explore the criminal mind. Learn about the motivations behind criminal acts, the types of crime and the behaviors and reactions of the criminals behind them. Improve your critical thinking skills and get a better understanding of:

    • The science and psychology that supports criminology.
    • Criminal theory & the justice system
    • Impartiality, professionalism and conduct
    • Bias, how to avoid it and be culturally competent
    • Tools and abilities to carefully consider theories

    Requirements

    International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

    Lessons

    Module 1: Introduction

    • What is criminal psychology?
    • What is the role of a criminal psychologist?
    • What education is required to become a criminal psychologist?
    • Personal characteristics of a criminal psychologist
    • Career pathways in the field of criminal psychology

    Module 2: Origins Of Criminal Behavior

    • Defining crime
    • Traditional theories of crime
    • Biological theories of criminal behavior
    • Sociological theories of criminal behavior
    • Developmental theories of criminal behavior
    • Psychological theories of criminal behavior

    Module 3: Human Aggression And Violence

    • Defining aggression
    • Types of aggression
    • Biological model of aggression
    • Social learning model of aggression
    • Cognitive model of aggression
    • Integrated theory of crime

    Module 4: Crime And Mental Illness

    • Defining mental illness
    • Causality and criminal responsibility
    • Anxiety and mood disorders
    • Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders
    • Personality disorders
    • Substance abuse and crime

    Module 5: Criminal Acts

    • Types of crime
    • Aggravated assault
    • Homicide and manslaughter
    • Serial homicide
    • Family and domestic violence
    • Hate crimes

    Module 6: Sex Crimes

    • Sexual harassment
    • Rape and sexual assault
    • Characteristics of sexual offenders
    • Sexual offences against children

    Module 7: Other Crimes

    • Childhood abuse
    • Juvenile crime
    • Burglary, home invasions and theft
    • Cybercrime
    • Terrorism

    Career

    Who is this course for?

    If you're a true crime buff, a lover of crime dramas, a maven of mysteries - this course is the perfect way to take your interest to the next level. It will give you an intriguing insight into another aspect of the criminal justice system and the minds of criminals. 

    Career path

    This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in exploring a career in criminal psychology. Becoming a certified criminal psychologist is an interesting and challenging career option with an average salary of $63,000.

     

    Certification

    You will be required to complete each lesson in full, and answer exams at the end of each course module. If your pass rate exceeds 55% on each exam then you will receive a certificate of completion, to recognize your achievement. You can immediately download your PDF course certificate from IOA.

    Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Education (CE) / Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CE/CPD points are accepted and recognized by professional member bodies and academic institutions across the US and internationally.

    All courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards (www.icoes.org). When successfully completing a course, students can choose to purchase an ICOES certificate that recognizes the achievement, from this third-party institution.

    14179 Students

    Guarantee

    Accredited

    Accredited