Course: Forensic Psychology

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Course title Forensic Psychology
Course code KPEG/SVAK6
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 3
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Kliková Jana, Mgr.
Course content
Topics of lectures: 1. History of forensic psychology , its subject , classification, methods, and tasks of forensic psychology , interdisciplinary bonds 2. Methods of investigation , the use of forensic psychology in criminal investigations 3. Psychology of an offender , youthful offenders , criminal behaviour , dangerousness of the offender 4. Psychological basis of aggression , aggressiveness , hostility and anger, hate crimes 5. Amok , massacres in schools , vandalism 6. Victimology - study of victims 7. Victimization , revictimization , posttraumatic stress disorder , dealing with victims 8. Mistreatment and abuse of children , child victim 9. Rape , murder 10. Domestic violence , stalking, telephone terror 11. Hostage-taking 12. Summary

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing)
Learning outcomes
The course focuses mainly on the analysis of the status of forensic psychology in the context of other forensic sciences, presents its wide scope and possibilities of its use in various fields of security- legal activities, presents a psychological analysis of offenders' motivation, as well as victimological features of a victim.
The students, who have completed any course of studies in the frame of the Security-Legal Specialization, will acquire a wide range of knowledge primarily in the set of problems concerning the protection of health, life and property. They will be able to orient in the rules of law of the Czech Republic and they will be able to use the acquired knowledge in various spheres and levels of public administration.
Not required

Assessment methods and criteria
Written examination, Essay, Student performance assessment

Seminar paper based on studied literature. Checking continuously and during examination. The student is supposed to prove his/her knowledge by passing a final test with a result better than 75 percent of the maximum number of points. Its successful paging is required for oral exam.
Recommended literature
  • ČÍRTKOVÁ, Ludmila:. Forenzní psychologie. 2. upravené vydání. Plzeň: Vydavatelství a nakladatelství Aleš Čeněk s. r. o., 2009. ISBN 978-80-7380-213-4.
  • ČÍRTKOVÁ, Ludmila:. Moderní psychologie pro právníky. Praha: Grada, 2008. ISBN 978-80-247-2207-8.
  • ČÍRTKOVÁ, Ludmila:. Policejní psychologie. Plzeň: Nakladatelství a vydavatelství Aleš Čeněk s. r. o., 2006. ISBN 80-86898-73-3.
  • ČÍRTKOVÁ, Ludmila, VITOUŠOVÁ, Petra a kol.:. Pomoc obětem (a svědkům trestných činů). Příručka pro pomáhající profese.1. vydání. Praha: Grada Publishing a.s., 2007. ISBN 978-80-247-2014-2.
  • HERETIK, Anton:. Forenzná psychológia. 2. přepracované a doplněné vydaní. Bratislava: Slovenské pedagogické nakladatelství - Mladé letá, s.r.o., 2004, s. 219 - 222. ISBN 80-10-00341-7.
  • KOVÁŘ, Petr a kol.:. Sexuální agrese, znásilnění z pohledu medicíny a práva. 1. vydání. Praha: MAXDORF s. r. o., 2008. ISBN 978-80-7345-161-5.
  • PAVLOVSKÝ, Pavel:. Soudní psychiatrie a psychologie. 4. aktualizované vydání. Praha: Psyché, 2012. ISBN 978-80-247-4332-5.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Social Pedagogy (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Social Pedagogy (1) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Winter