Psychology of violence and intimidation assignment topic
Students will write a double-spaced, 8 – 10 page paper about any aspect of psychology as it relates to law (ex: Risk assessments and Dangerousness to Society, Psychopathy, Competency to Stand trial, Eyewitness Testimony, PTSD and Police, etc.).
This paper must include four areas:
1) research synthesis,
2) community application,
3) diversity awareness,
4) faith integration.
First, students will clearly and articulately synthesize research findings from peer-reviewed, scholarly sources on the selected topic from forensic psychology. Second, students will apply the research to a community setting such as prisons, advocacy agencies, the courts, or police departments.
Next, students will briefly summarize issues relevant to diverse populations within the selected forensic psychology topic. For example, if the topic is eyewitness testimony, students may review research regarding race and eyewitness identification. Finally, students will conclude with a statement on faith integration.
Specifically, students will identify practical applications of a Christian worldview to the research. For example, if the topic is violence risk assessment, students may speak to the Christian value of redemption and how that relates to risk measures that include dynamic factors. Students will provide support from a Christian worldview as to why this is relevant (i.e. Christians believe transformation and redemption are possible. Throughout the Bible God redeemed murderers, thieves, and those cast out by society).
Professional presentation will factor into the final grade. Use academic language, ensure the paper is structured well, is grammatically correct, and succinctly, articulately written. Professionals do not plagiarize and give credit where it is due; this is an issue of integrity and honor.
Research papers are required to be in APA format. This includes title page, abstract and references (including in-text citations). The research paper should be between 8 – 10 pages double spaced NOT including title page, abstract and references. If you are unfamiliar with APA citation, reference or format, refer to the APA Manual of Publication, 7th Edition and seek out assistance at the Student Success Center on campus.
References: IMPORTANT—An acceptable paper should synthesize knowledge from a variety of respected (peer-reviewed & scholarly) sources. Each of the four areas identified above must include at least two peer-reviewed, scholarly sources. A minimum of 10 references total must be used. Websites can be used as supplementary material only; no more than 2 website citations (in addition to the scholarly sources). Use primary sources of academic research unless absolutely necessary.
Intimidation is the act of making others do what one wants through fear. Intimidation is a maladaptive outgrowth of normal competitive urge for interrelational dominance generally seen in animals, but which is more completely modulated by social forces in humans.
Like all behavioral traits it exists in greater or lesser manifestation in each individual person over time, but may be a more significant compensatory behavior for some as opposed to others. Behavioral theorists often see intimidation in children as a consequence of being intimidated by others, including parents, playmates and siblings.
Intimidation may be employed consciously or unconsciously, and a percentage of people who employ it consciously may do so as the result of rationalized notions of its appropriateness, utility or self-empowerment.
Intimidation may be manifested in such manner as physical threat, glowering countenance, emotional manipulation, verbal abuse, purposeful embarrassment and/or actual physical assault.