Law & Criminality - Criminal PsychologySocial Studies essay for CIE

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Law and Criminality: Forensic/Criminal Psychology

Is Psychology an effective tool to assist in the apprehension/prosecution of criminals?


1.) Introduction: What is Criminal Psychology/Profiling?

2.) Project Outline

3.) Media Portrayal

4.) Personal perspective of Criminal Psychology

5.) Global perspective of Criminal Psychology

6.) National/Local perspective of Criminal Psychology

7.) Analysis of Issues

8.) Personal Response: My course of action

9.) Conclusion

10.) Bibliography

Introduction: What is Criminal Psychology/Profiling?

Criminal profiling is a use of psychology, which aims to get into the minds of offenders to figure out why they commit crime, whether there is a certain type of person who commits crime, behaviours of typical criminals, and possibly predict the next crime. These conclusions can be helpful to the police in narrowing down suspects, thus resulting in a case with minimal victim casualties.

Psychology's role in the apprehension of criminals is broad, covering areas such as interviewing, detecting deception, offender profiling, and eyewitness research.

This practice is used globally, and has been for many years. This topic involves the police, criminals, and the legal system, as well as of course Forensic and Criminal Psychologists.

From what I know, psychology is an extremely useful tool for police, but I also know that media heavily influences my perception; Therefore I will need to look at this topic with an open mind, and not let TV influences effect my analysis. Bearing this in mind will also help me to refine my research. Criminal Psychology has been used, and developed over a period of around one hundred years. Origins of modern study have derived from basic eyewitness experiments dating back to 1901, and have gradually developed, now partially linked to the legal system. Being increasingly interested in the psychology field, this project will help me to see what some aspects of this...