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4. Offender Profiling
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about offender profiling and what is not. While crime fiction has created a popular image of forensic psychologists as Sherlock Holmes-like figures who solve crimes by ‘getting into the criminal’s mind’, we will see that the practice of offender profiling is rather a way in which psychologists can support police investigations with expert advice drawn from different branches of psychology.
In this course, Professor David Canter (University of Liverpool) provides an introduction to the field of forensic psychology and some of the most important practices and areas of research associated with it.
We begin, in module one, with a definition of forensic psychology as a discipline that applies psychological insights to legal processes and the criminal justice system. In module two, we consider the different ways in which psychologists have theorised the causes of crime before moving on, in module three, to a discussion of how crime can be defined and measured. Next, we think about offender profiling and how this practice gradually developed into the broader area of investigative psychology. In module six, we take a closer look at the field of investigative psychology and how it can contribute to police investigations. We then focus on two specific aspects of investigative psychology in modules seven and eight: geographical offender profiling and investigative interviewing. Finally, in module nine, we explore a specific method for modelling serial murder, known as the ‘radex model’ of serial killers.
To find out more about forensic psychology and David Canter’s work visit www.davidcanter.com.
Although internationally known for introducing scientific psychology into ‘offender profiling’ and developing the field of Investigative Psychology beyond those origins, Prof. David Canter has a wide range of interests including his continuing work in Environmental Psychology.
Cite this Lecture
Canter, D. (2019, September 27). Forensic Psychology – Important Practices and Research - Offender Profiling [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/forensic-psychology/offender-profiling
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