Criminal Psychology

Criminal Psychology produce a brief (15-minute, 8–14-slide) presentation for documentary film-makers about how counseling and forensic psychology can inform us about paraphilias. Word limit: 1500 words. The focus of the assignment TMA 03 is intended to particularly assess your skills of presenting to a non-psychologist audience. For this assignment, you have been asked to provide a brief (15-minute, 8–14-slide) presentation to some film-makers who are looking to make a documentary about this topic covered in Block 3 of the module. Therefore, you need to create a set of presentation slides that look professional, and which cover the relevant content in a way that would be understandable to people who do not already know anything about psychology in general, or this area in particular. The idea is to draw on your psychological knowledge of either a) paraphilias or b) sex workers, and communicate this concisely in layperson terms to a general audience. For this assignment, you need to focus on: paraphilia. The task is the same: to produce a presentation on what counseling and forensic psychology can tell us about this area. For this TMA, it would be appropriate to draw on additional material beyond that contained within the module website and textbooks; in particular, relevant research that you have accessed using the Open University Library. This TMA asks you to make a presentation. This means creating a series of visual slides to communicate information to an audience. The maximum word limit for this is 1500 words, but remember that you may well not want to use that many words in a presentation, given that it is about presenting clearly and succinctly. The 1500 words is a limit, not an ideal. You should focus more on thinking about what an appropriate amount of information and number of slides would be for a 15-minute (8–14-slide) presentation. See Week 13, Section 6, Activity 7, ‘Producing effective presentations’ for more on this, and on the appropriate number and type of slides to present the information. You are not required to record your presentation or to provide the notes that you would use for presenting it to an audience (i.e. using the ‘notes’ section on PowerPoint or similar). We’re just looking for the slides. There is no need to add animations or sounds unless you want to do that. You should include visual content such as Google Images, graphs, charts, and smart art, which are relevant to the slide’s content in order to make your slides visually appealing. There is no need to reference where these images come from for this TMA, although you should provide references for copyrighted images if you were ever publishing a presentation in the public domain. In the presentation, you will need to cover the relevant information you learned about either paraphilias or sex workers, as discussed in Block 3 of the module materials. You should also draw on any other relevant materials from across the module, as well as other relevant material that you have located in your independent study time. In-text references should be included on the slides (in brackets as usual for TMAs). A list of full references should be included on the final slide of the presentation in a readable manner.  in your presentation, you will want to cover the key points you think the film-makers need to include in a documentary on this subject which is informed by psychological work in the area. This might well include: this topic in relation to mental health and crime (e.g. the impact of being a sex worker on mental health, how sex workers should be treated, or whether ‘paraphilic’ behaviours are really pathological and/or criminal) what psychology can tell us about this area (e.g., the psychological impact of engaging in sex work on a person, or the extent and meaning of ‘paraphilic’ behaviours) any contested areas, or areas of dilemma and debate in this area – this will help you to demonstrate criticality (e.g., whether ‘paraphilic disorders’ should even be included in the DSM, or whether sex work should be legalised) the importance of listening to relevant groups (e.g., sex workers, their family and network, or people who practise BDSM) themselves in psychological research and media representations how the treatment of relevant groups could be improved in counselling and forensic contexts (e.g., sex workers’ treatment, as well as their family/children’s, or people with ‘paraphilic’ desires and people in relationship with them). It is up to you how you structure your presentation (see Section 4 of the Study skills booklet for assistance). You can come up with your own title for your presentation. You will find it helpful to review Week 13, Section 6, Activity 7, ‘Producing effective presentations’. This activity should have helped you to learn how to present psychological material in Powerpoint – or similar – presentation software. Some of the specific suggestions made here will be useful for this TMA because it takes you through how to prepare for this assessment. The ‘paraphilias’ In terms of how counseling and forensic psychology can inform knowledge about the ‘paraphilias’, for counseling you could draw on the material from the book and online about the history of the pathologization of certain sexual activities or desires, and how that relates to the ways in which some sexual activities or desires are still pathologized today. You could explore what affirmative therapeutic practice might look like in these areas. In terms of forensic psychology, you could discuss the material around the criminalization of certain sexual practices – past and present. Also, you may want to broaden out the topic to consider consent more broadly and how this is relevant to which sexual practices we might want to criminalize – or pathologize – and which we may not. The resources you might draw upon for this TMA are listed below in the order in which they appear in the module, but this should not be taken as a suggestion for how to organize your answer. If you choose to focus on the ‘paraphilias’ you will need to draw on the material from Week 14. Particularly useful will be Section 2, which deals with attitudes towards ‘paraphilias’ Section 3, which deals with the historical way in which LGB people have been regarded as ‘paraphilic’ in society Section 4 and Section 5, which deal with BDSM and the impact of pathologization as ‘paraphilic’ Book Chapter 11, which also covers these issues and more depth about the history of the ‘paraphilias’ and the impact of being pathologized as ‘paraphilic’. Feel free also to draw upon material from anywhere else in the module that is relevant to your answer. For example, you might well find some of the material from Block 1 to be relevant in terms of diagnosis (Week 4) or media representations (Week 3), or the end of Week 15 to be useful to both topics in terms of its coverage of consent. You should also consider including additional relevant material that you have found in your independent study time, such as research findings that were not covered, or only briefly covered, in the module materials. Please note: The submitted file needs to be in .ppt, .pptx or .pdf format. If you use another software other than PowerPoint to produce your presentation then you need to make sure you use something that is compatible with .ppt or that the presentation can be saved in .pdf format (files can be saved in .pdf, .ppt, or .pptx format). You can use free presentation software (e.g. Open Office which is a free version of Microsoft office) as long as the file can be saved as .pdf, .ppt, or .pptx. Checklist Have I: Yes No. Where can I look for guidance? Made sure I understand the question?   Look at Getting started in ‘Social Sciences Assessment Information’. See also Understanding the question in ‘Skills for OU Study’. Read all the guidance notes for this assignment?   Carefully read through the student notes that accompany your assignment to check that you have followed all the advice and instructions. Actively studied the relevant module material and anything else to which I’ve been directed?   See the booklets Reading and Taking Notes and Thinking Critically. Reflected on my learning, including feedback received on earlier assignments, in order to improve my skills?   See Section 2, ‘Active learning’ and Section 4, ‘Being reflective’ of the booklet Develop Effective Study Strategies. See also Learning from feedback in ‘Skills for OU Study’. Thought about how best to structure my answer and questions of style and language?   Further advice on structuring answers is available in the relevant sections in ‘Social Sciences Assessment Information’. See, for example, Skill: Presentations. For questions relating to style and language, see the section Presentation and language in ‘Social Sciences Assessment Information’. See also Developing academic English and Writing for university in ‘Skills for OU Study’; and Section 7 ‘Choosing a writing style’ and Section 8 ‘Improving your written English’ of the booklet Preparing Assignments. Written in my own words? Guidance on writing in your own words is available in the sections on Skill: Understanding plagiarism and Skill: Writing in your own words in ‘Social Sciences Assessment Information’. Where necessary, used evidence to back up my arguments, and referenced correctly?   Advice on using evidence to support your arguments is available in the section on Selecting your examples’ in ‘Social Sciences Assessment Information’. See also Gathering your materials in ‘Skills for OU Study’. Guidance on referencing is available in the section on Referencing in ‘Social Sciences Assessment Information’. Checked my word count?   The guidance notes tell you the word limit for each part of the TMA. An answer that is shorter than the word length by more than 10% is likely to be too short to have fully answered the question. An answer that exceeds the word limit by more than 10% may be penalized. For further information see the section on Word length in ‘Social Sciences Assessment Information’. Written the word count at the end of my TMA?   Check the word count and write that figure clearly at the end of each part of the assignment. Set out my assignment properly? See Section 3.4, ‘Conventions for presenting written work’ in your module’s ‘Assessment Guidance’, which you will find under ‘Assessment’ on the module website. Completed all of the TMA?   Read through these assignment notes carefully to check that you have completed all the necessary tasks.

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