Critically evaluate the FBI (clinical) approach and the British (statistical) approach to offending profiling.
Assignment no.2 is a 2500 word report on offender profiling; students are tasked with critically evaluating two diverse methodological approaches utilised by psychologists to assist & guide the police in apprehending particular perpetrators of crime. They will consider the effectiveness of each approach, utilising a range of evidence, including case studies, interviews, academic research, established reports and where appropriate statistical evidence. The rationale for this assessment is based on the learning outcomes associated with developing students knowledge of psychologys investigatory role in crime and its contributions to crime reduction/prevention initiatives. In order to be successful in this assignment, students will need to demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate the effectiveness of two diverse approaches to offender profiling, as well key research skills and an ability to utilise resources/evidence effectively to support their argument. Their ability to think independently and make subsequent connections between theory, research and policy will be assessed in the final part of the report which requires the student to utilise the material presented to devise policy recommendations. In relation to the broader learning outcomes, the assessment examines students research & analytical skills, as well as their ability to critically evaluate Offender Profiling Report brief
Briefly introduce the topic and outline how you are going to approach the report i.e. structure
You will need to identify the two approaches you are evaluating i.e. FBI (clinical) and Statistical approach
If you like provide a brief conclusive statement
Accurate description of diverse approaches
Key principles of each approach included; clinical/experiential VS statistical/theoretical approaches, focus on mind/thinking VS behavioural focus, qualitative VS quantitative research, typologies VS geographical profiling etc.
Evidence for & against each approach; make use of empirical data/evaluative studies, case studies, statistical evidence etc.
Key figures/dates for each approach
Evidence of critical evaluation (of effectiveness of each approach)
Level of critical evaluation in-depth, non descriptive
Critique of each approach; balanced critical evaluation i.e. equally weighted
Effective conclusion i.e. taking a view based on argument provided
Policy recommendations; which approach, if any.
Quality of argument
Effective synthesis of argument; logically flows and each point logically linked
Scope/quality of sources/materials utilised for argument
Range/scope of source material
Up to date or old material?
Material used going beyond lecture material/referenced material?
Interesting/exciting approach to question
Synthesis of material and argument used creatively
Well written, grammatically correct?
Effective structure? Sentences/paragraphs logically link/flow etc.
Properly referenced in report/reference list etc.
The extent to which the report addresses the assignment brief
The extent to which descriptions of each approach were accurate
Depth and scope of descriptions
Keeping within word length
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