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FSP 504 : Forensic Psychology

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Forensic psychological science is the juncture between psychological science and the justice system. It involves understanding basic legal principles, significantly with relation to witness testimony and therefore the specific content space of concern (e.g., ability to square trial, kid custody and visitation, or geographic point discrimination), in addition as relevant territorial concerns so as to be able to act appropriately with judges, attorneys, and alternative legal professionals. A very important side of Forensic psychological science is the ability to testify in court as an associate in nursing witness, reformulating psychological findings into the legal language of the court, providing data to legal personnel in an exceeding method that may be understood. Further, so as to be a reputable witness the Forensic scientist should perceive the philosophy, rules, and standards of the scheme. There also are rules concerning evidence and most significantly, the rule of evidence. Lack of a firm grasp of those procedures can lead to the Forensic scientist losing acceptability within the court. A Forensic scientist may be trained in clinical, social, structure, or the other branch of psychological science.


Forensic psychological science could be an apace growing discipline. Its exponential growth is driven by a few things. Several clinical psychologists have turned to Forensic work to flee the ambit of managed care. And students are attracted by our culture's obsession with all things criminal. Within the long-standing time, well-trained Forensic psychologists can possible farewell within the progressively sceptical and exacting marketplace of the longer term.


Forensic psychologists are psychological scientists. They tend to compare knowledge from multiple sources so as to check various hypotheses. The stress is on written reports and court testimony that are scientifically valid and may stand up to scrutiny within the adversarial setting of the court. A qualified Forensic psychological scientist combines a powerful science background with solid investigative skills.


Although it's necessary to own coaching in Law and Forensic psychological science, the foremost vital skills a Forensic scientist should possess are solid clinical skills, the skills like clinical assessment, interviewing, report writing, robust verbal communication skills (especially in assisting nursing witness in court) and case presentation are all important in setting the inspiration of the follow of Forensic psychological science. With these skills, Forensic psychologists perform such tasks as threat assessment for colleges, kid custody evaluations, competence evaluations of criminal defendants and of the old, content services to victims of crime, death notification procedures, screening and choice of enforcement candidates, the assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder and therefore the delivery and analysis of intervention and treatment programs for juvenile and adult offenders. The task of Forensic psychological scientists involves investigations, analysis studies, assessments, consultation, the implementation of treatment programs, and witness court testimony.

  • Level I : Forensic Psychology

    MODULE 1 – FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

    This module will introduce scholars to Forensic Psychology which is basically a combination of Forensic and Psychology. Attention will be given to ensure that scholars must be familiar with the major areas covered in Forensic Psychology such as Criminal Law, Civil Law, and Negligence. Throughout the module, scholars will be encouraged to understand the significance of Psychology in Forensic Science and understand the role of Forensic Psychologist

    MODULE 2 – PSYCHOLOGY AND LEGAL SYSTEM

    Psychology and legal involves pragmatic, psychological investigation of the law, legal organisations, and persons who come into contact with the law. Course module will introduce you to the survey of theory and pragmatic research in Psychology and Law. Through the course would familiarize you with the implications of psychological theories and researches for legal theories and for the variability of policies, processes, and applies within the legal organisation. The module would acquaint you with the researches in social psychology, cognitive psychology, and clinical psychology to inspect evidence law such as eye-witnesses proof, polygraph, etc. procedure and numerous matters in Criminal Law, Antidiscrimination Law, Family Law, Tort Law, etc. We will also address the concepts of responsibility, retribution, deterrence, racial bias, and procedural justice.

    Students will be familiarised to basic legal research, concepts of criminal ability, constitutional notions of due procedure and fair action as they affect to the psychologically ill, concept of dangerousness as it smears in both criminal civil commitment and sex offender pledge proceedings is revised, developmentally disabled kids are studied with a stress on their development.

    MODULE 3 – INTERROGATION AND CONFESSION

    Module completely focusses on the techniques of interviewing and interrogation in criminals and terrorism investigations.  Cultural facets of interviewing, issues and problems of false confession, and the use of the polygraph.  Legal and ethical issues surrounding interrogations, including the use of forced techniques will be introduced.

    MODULE 4 – ASSESSMENT AND RISK ASSESSMENT

    Forensic psychological assessments including the capability to Criminal Insanity Defences, Stand Trial, Risk of Dangerousness, and Pre-Sentencing. You would also improve theoretical knowledge and applied experiences administering Forensic Expert assessment instruments. It will also include principles and limitations related to risk assessment and scholars will learn how to manage risks.

    MODULE 5 – VICTIMOLOGY

    The objective of this module is to acquaint the students with a knowledge of the psychology of the victim within cultural and social contexts. It will also define the psychological victimization, violent and sexual, the relationship between preceding victimization as a pioneer in criminal behaviour.

  • Level II : Forensic Psychology

    MODULE 1 – FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

    This module will introduce scholars to Forensic Psychology which is basically a combination of Forensic and Psychology. Attention will be given to ensure that scholars must be familiar with the major areas covered in Forensic Psychology such as Criminal Law, Civil Law, and Negligence. Throughout the module, scholars will be encouraged to understand the significance of Psychology in Forensic Science and understand the role of Forensic Psychologist

    MODULE 2 – PSYCHOLOGY AND LEGAL SYSTEM

    Psychology and legal involves pragmatic, psychological investigation of the law, legal organisations, and persons who come into contact with the law. Course module will introduce you to the survey of theory and pragmatic research in Psychology and Law. Through the course would familiarize you with the implications of psychological theories and researches for legal theories and for the variability of policies, processes, and applies within the legal organisation. The module would acquaint you with the researches in social psychology, cognitive psychology, and clinical psychology to inspect evidence law such as eye-witnesses proof, polygraph, etc. procedure and numerous matters in Criminal Law, Antidiscrimination Law, Family Law, Tort Law, etc. We will also address the concepts of responsibility, retribution, deterrence, racial bias, and procedural justice.

    Students will be familiarised to basic legal research, concepts of criminal ability, constitutional notions of due procedure and fair action as they affect to the psychologically ill, concept of dangerousness as it smears in both criminal civil commitment and sex offender pledge proceedings is revised, developmentally disabled kids are studied with a stress on their development.

    MODULE 3 – PSYCHOLOGY CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR THEORIES

    Criminal behaviour theories would introduce you to the theories of cognition, psychodynamic theories, and biological/genetic theories, behavioural, and social theories. Introduced with sex offenses, violence, aggression, and role of constituent exploitation in criminal behaviour.

    MODULE 4 – INTERROGATION AND CONFESSION

    Module completely focusses on the techniques of interviewing and interrogation in criminals and terrorism investigations.  Cultural facets of interviewing, issues and problems of false confession, and the use of the polygraph.  Legal and ethical issues surrounding interrogations, including the use of forced techniques will be introduced.

    MODULE 5 – ASSESSMENT AND RISK ASSESSMENT

    Forensic psychological assessments including the capability to Criminal Insanity Defences, Stand Trial, Risk of Dangerousness, and Pre-Sentencing. You would also improve theoretical knowledge and applied experiences administering Forensic Expert assessment instruments. It will also include principles and limitations related to risk assessment and scholars will learn how to manage risks.

    MODULE 6 – JUVENILE OFFENDER AND JUSTICE

    Module structuralise on the variances in the handling of juvenile offenders from a mature persons in the legal system. History and role of the juvenile justice system from both legal and mental fitness perceptions will be studied. Current trends dealing with increasing criminalization ideas of juveniles conduct.

    MODULE 7 – VICTIMOLOGY

    The objective of this module is to acquaint the students with a knowledge of the psychology of the victim within cultural and social contexts. It will also define the psychological victimization, violent and sexual, the relationship between preceding victimization as a pioneer in criminal behaviour.

    MODULE 8 – PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILING

    This module will focus on the limitations of psychological profiling in criminal investigations. It will deliberate the psychological principles, crime scene analysis, and its relations to both the demographic and psychological features of a pool of unknown criminal respondents.  Procedures to identify potential serial crimes will be discussed.

  • Level III : Forensic Psychology

    MODULE 1 – FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

    This module will introduce scholars to Forensic Psychology which is basically a combination of Forensic and Psychology. Attention will be given to ensure that scholars must be familiar with the major areas covered in Forensic Psychology such as Criminal Law, Civil Law, and Negligence. Throughout the module, scholars will be encouraged to understand the significance of Psychology in Forensic Science and understand the role of Forensic Psychologist

    MODULE 2 – PSYCHOLOGY AND LEGAL SYSTEM

    Psychology and legal involves pragmatic, psychological investigation of the law, legal organisations, and persons who come into contact with the law. Course module will introduce you to the survey of theory and pragmatic research in Psychology and Law. Through the course would familiarize you with the implications of psychological theories and researches for legal theories and for the variability of policies, processes, and applies within the legal organisation. The module would acquaint you with the researches in social psychology, cognitive psychology, and clinical psychology to inspect evidence law such as eye-witnesses proof, polygraph, etc. procedure and numerous matters in Criminal Law, Antidiscrimination Law, Family Law, Tort Law, etc. We will also address the concepts of responsibility, retribution, deterrence, racial bias, and procedural justice.

    Students will be familiarised to basic legal research, concepts of criminal ability, constitutional notions of due procedure and fair action as they affect to the psychologically ill, concept of dangerousness as it smears in both criminal civil commitment and sex offender pledge proceedings is revised, developmentally disabled kids are studied with a stress on their development.

    MODULE 3 – PSYCHOLOGY CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR THEORIES

    Criminal behaviour theories would introduce you to the theories of cognition, psychodynamic theories, and biological/genetic theories, behavioural, and social theories. Introduced with sex offenses, violence, aggression, and role of constituent exploitation in criminal behaviour.

    MODULE 4 – PSYCHOPATHY

    The course module Psychopathy defines the classifications of mental disorders, manifestations, its symptoms, and treatment issues. Emphasis is given to those disorders that are the main focus in this forensic module.

    MODULE 5 – INTERROGATION AND CONFESSION

    Module completely focusses on the techniques of interviewing and interrogation in criminals and terrorism investigations.  Cultural facets of interviewing, issues and problems of false confession, and the use of the polygraph.  Legal and ethical issues surrounding interrogations, including the use of forced techniques will be introduced.

    MODULE 6 – ASSESSMENT AND RISK ASSESSMENT

    Forensic psychological assessments including the capability to Criminal Insanity Defences, Stand Trial, Risk of Dangerousness, and Pre-Sentencing. You would also improve theoretical knowledge and applied experiences administering Forensic Expert assessment instruments. It will also include principles and limitations related to risk assessment and scholars will learn how to manage risks.

    MODULE 7 – FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY IN CIVIL PROCEEDING

    Forensic Psychology in Civil Proceeding module is based on the psychological aspects of working within police supports. Areas to be covered include criteria of civil commitment, right to accept or refuse treatment, and civil evaluation as to appropriate for police work.

    MODULE 8 – FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDING

    This module will focus on the limitations of psychological profiling in criminal investigations. It will deliberate the psychological principles, crime scene analysis, and its relations to both the demographic and psychological features of a pool of unknown criminal respondents.  Procedures to identify potential serial crimes will be discussed.

    MODULE 9 – ASSESSMENT OF SEXUAL OFFENDER

    Module focusses on the procedures used in evaluating sex offenders, theories about personal and intra-psychic presentations of this kind of criminal will be examined in such areas as aberrant arousal, and cognitive distortions. Legal difficulties rising from obligatory treatments and time-consuming commitment for hazardous sex offenders will be discussed.

    MODULE 10 – VIOLENCE RISK ASSESSMENT

    Here in this module scholars will come to understand the basic concept of violence risk assessment and its various type which can be incorporated into daily practice. Different risk factors associated with violence have also been discussed. In the end, the module is summarised by discussing the legal issues of violence risk assessment.

    MODULE 11 – SUBSTANCE ABUSE ASSESSMENT

    Module will familiarize the scholars with inspecting about underlying ideas of the pathology of addiction comprising genetic and biological theories, psychodynamic theories, etc. Present assessments and intrusion techniques will be reviewed along with current trends in treatment such as psychodynamic, psychopharmacological, and cognitive behavioural.

    MODULE 12 – JUVENILE OFFENCES AND JUSTICE

    Module structuralise on the variances in the handling of juvenile offenders from a mature persons in the legal system. History and role of juvenile justice system from both legal and mental fitness perceptions will be studied. Current trends dealing with increasing criminalization ideas of juveniles conduct.

    MODULE 13 – FAMILY LAW ISSUES

    Module will focus on the psychological-legal matters regarding child custody, guardianship, divorce, intra-family violence, and sex aberrant.  Dispute resolve procedures as another to lawsuit will be explored with particular stress on divorce arbitration. Child custody assessment will be discussed as an evaluation of the elderly.  Issues and difficulties related to this.

    MODULE 14 – VICTIMOLOGY

    The objective of this module is to acquaint the students with a knowledge of the psychology of the victim within cultural and social contexts. It will also define the psychological victimization, violent and sexual, the relationship between preceding victimization as a pioneer in criminal behaviour.

    MODULE 15 – PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILING

    This module will focus on the limitations of psychological profiling in criminal investigations. It will deliberate the psychological principles, crime scene analysis, and its relations to both the demographic and psychological features of a pool of unknown criminal respondents.  Procedures to identify potential serial crimes will be discussed.

    MODULE 16 – SPECIAL APPLICATION OF FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

    Special Application of Forensic Psychology module investigates the future scope of Forensic Psychology. Areas covered in this section are Police Psychology, Counter Intelligence and Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. Police Psychology discusses the psychological aspects of working within police supports. Areas to be covered include personality valuation as to appropriate for police work, psychological consequences, legal liability, etc. History and present standing of counterintelligence from the viewpoint of intelligence agencies, terrorist crowd, etc. The psychological factors, inspirations, strategic intent, and defence interconnection. Recent threats will also be considered cyber securities and cognition securities. A brief description of the history and recent status of terrorism and counterterrorism.

  • What is Forensic Psychology?

    Forensic Psychology is basically defined as a combination of the science of Psychology and Forensic, helpful in aiding in criminal procedures. This subject is generally applied to understand and assess the psychology of criminals.

  • How can I become a Forensic Psychologist?

    Any learner enrolled in this course with keen knowledge and wisdom can be a Forensic Psychologist with appropriate training. The course outlines the basics as well as professional ideologies that are essential for an Expert's knowledge. 

  • What are the responsibilities of a Forensic Psychologist?

    As a Forensic Psychologist, expert opinion regarding the human psychology with variable theories and ideologies are tested for their viability. Expert should be ready to face the challenges to his/her observations and should be able to resonate it well along with clarity with the mind and thoughts. 

  • What is the scope and the opportunistic aspects of the course?

    The Forensic Psychologist can aid the Government established Forensic Science Laboratories in various departments. They can also counsel and render their services to private organisations as well. 

  • Where can I contact in case of any queries?

    You can write to us at education@sifs.in or call us at +91-1147074263 or WhatsApp us +91-7303913002 or +91-7303913003.


Jack the Ripper

In the book, “The Cases That Haunt Us” by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, there was a profile of Jack the Ripper made by Douglas and Roy Hazelwood. According to them, the Ripper was a disorganized, paranoid killer. He would have been a white male in his late 20s to early 30s who was raised in a household marked by a passive or absent father and a dominant mother who may also have been promiscuous and/or an alcoholic. He later became an introverted, antisocial loner who set fires and tortured animals as an outlet for his anger. At the time of the murders, he would have been calm, quiet, and inconspicuous.


If he had a job, he would have chosen one in which he could pursue his interests, such as a morgue worker, butcher, mortician's assistant, low-ranking hospital staff, etc., since the way the Ripper cut out organs from his victims suggests some anatomical knowledge. The times of the murders indicated that he would have had days off on certain weekends and holidays and could come and go from his home as he pleased without anyone noticing. He was also probably neither married nor involved in any committed relationship, the majority of his association with women having most likely been prostitutes.


He may have had some physical defect that made him feel inadequate or unattractive. Because of a negative self-image, he displayed paranoid traits and carried one or more knives for self-defense purposes. Prior to the murders, he may have visited pubs and drunk in order to relieve himself of some tension. He may also have been seen wandering on the streets looking for potential victims. It is possible that he was at one point interviewed or questioned by the police.

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