Singapore University of Social Sciences

Psychology in Law Enforcement Services

Psychology in Law Enforcement Services (PSY525)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


Synopsis

PSY525 Psychology in Law Enforcement Services will cover the application of psychology to the different aspects of crime and offending in law enforcement settings. Topics include the use of psychology in criminal profiling, interviewing, and detection of deception. Specific areas of crime are also addressed from interpersonal crime such as violence and drug offending to border control and transnational crime. Students will also look at the application of psychology to working with victims and crime prevention.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July

Topics

  • Introduction to psychology in law enforcement organisations settings
  • Psychology of criminal profiling 1
  • Psychology of criminal profiling 2
  • Investigative interviewing
  • Detection of deception
  • Applying psychology to sex crimes
  • Applying psychology to violent crimes
  • Applying psychology to drug offending, alcohol, and substance use
  • Applying psychology to terrorism and violent extremism
  • Psychology applied to border security enforcement and transnational crime
  • Psychology and victims of crime
  • Psychology and crime prevention

Learning Outcome

  • Critique the use of psychology in informing criminal profiling and various aspects of criminal investigation.
  • Compare the application of psychology in law enforcement to different crimes, including acts of violent extremism and terrorism.
  • Appraise the use of psychology in working with victims of crime.
  • Demonstrate skills in applying psychology to criminal profiling and investigative interviewing.
  • Analyse how psychology can contribute to law enforcement work in dealing with different types of crime.
  • Differentiate psychological skills in managing victims of crime.
  • Design crime prevention strategies for current challenges to law and order in Singapore.
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