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What is Criminology ?
Criminology examines why people commit crime, these are the pivotal questions in the ongoing debate of how crime should be handled and prevented. It is an area of law that deals with victims of crime, theories explaining illegal and/or deviant behaviour, the social reaction to crime, the effectiveness of anti-crime policies and the broader political terrain of social control.
Areas of expertise of Criminologists(small example)
Anomie, Social Control Theories
Labelling Theory and Critical Criminology
White Collar Crime
What is Forensic Psychology?
(The science of Behaviour)
Forensic Psychology is used within the justice system to assess offenders, identify criminal capacity in young people and to characterise psychopaths. Identify fitness to stand trial and finally they can be used to determine the likelihood of future violence. Can be used to assess the future criminality of offending minors
Areas of expertise of Forensic Psychologists (small sample)
Criminal Responsibility and Psychiatric Defences
Mental Disorder as a Defence
What is Criminal Psychology?
Criminal Psychology (The study of criminal minds)
Criminal Psychology is in plain English, the study of why criminals do what they do. In essence, it is the study of the mental processes, motivational patterns, and behaviour of criminals.
Areas of expertise of Criminal Psychologists (small sample)
Eye witness testimony