Tuesday, 19 May 2015

FORENSIC - PAST PAPER QUESTIONS

Any questions that are highlighted in bold are for the topic MAKING A CASE, which we have not done.

Jan 2010

1(a)Outline a biological explanation of why males commit more crimes than females. [10]
(b) To what extent does the biological approach provide an explanation of criminal
behaviour? [15]
2 (a) Describe the cognitive interview. [10]
(b) Discuss qualitative and quantitative approaches to collecting information when
interviewing witnesses. [15]
3 (a) Describe the bottom up approach to creating a profile. [10]
(b) Assess the reliability of offender profiling. [15]
4 (a) Identify the link between imprisonment and suicide. [10]
(b) Evaluate the usefulness of research into the psychological effects of imprisonment. [15]

June 2010

1(a) Outline one piece of research into criminal thinking patterns [10]
(b) To what extent does the cognitive approach provide an explanation of criminal behaviour [15]
2(a) Describe one piece of research into how lies can be detected when suspects are interviewed [10]
(b) Discuss the reliability of information gathered by suspects in interviews [15]
3(a) Describe how the attractiveness of the defendant can influence courtroom behaviour [10]
(b) Evaluate the methodology used in witness appeal [15]
4(a) Describe anger management as a treatment programme for offenders [10]
(b) Assess the effectiveness of offender treatment programmes [15]


Jan 2011

1(a) Outline how brain dysfunction can explain criminal behaviour [10]
(b) Evaluate individual (biological) explanations of criminal behaviour [15]
2(a) How can upbringing in a disrupted family influence criminal behaviour [10]
(b) Evaluate the use of longitudinal research when considering upbringing as an explanation of crime [15]
3(a) Describe one case study as an approach to offender profiling [10]
(b) Compare different approaches to creating a profile [15]
4(a) What is the effect on a jury when evidence is ruled inadmissible in court [10]
(b) Evaluate the usefulness of research into persuading a jury [15]

June 2011

1 (a) How might the view of the majority influence a jury when reaching a verdict? [10]
(b) Evaluate the application of research into what influences reaching a verdict in court. [15]
2 (a) Outline one piece of research into factors which influence the accurate identification
of a suspect. [10]
(b) Assess the reliability of research into interviewing witnesses. [15]
3 (a) What effect does the order in which testimony is presented have on persuading
a jury? [10]
(b) Discuss limitations of research into persuading a jury. [15]
4 (a) Describe one piece of research into ‘looking death worthy’. [10]
(b) To what extent can research into alternatives to imprisonment be considered
ethnocentric? [15]

Jan 2012

1 (a) Outline evidence which shows that genes may influence criminal behaviour. [10]
(b) To what extent are biological explanations of why people turn to crime reductionist? [15]
2 (a) Outline techniques for interrogation of crime suspects. [10]
(b) How useful is research into interviewing suspects? [15]
3 (a) Describe research into the effect of shields and videotape on children giving evidence. [10]
(b) Discuss difficulties which may be encountered when researching witness appeal. [15]
4 (a) How has ear acupuncture been used as a treatment programme? [10]
(b) Compare the strengths of different offender treatment programmes. [15]

June 2012

1 (a) Describe how social cognition can explain criminal behaviour. [10]
(b) Evaluate the validity of research into cognitive explanations of criminal behaviour. [15]
2 (a) Describe how top down typology is used to create a profile. [10]
(b) Assess the usefulness of qualitative and quantitative data when creating a profile. [15]
3 (a) Describe the stages of jury decision-making when reaching a verdict. [10]
(b) Discuss ethical issues when researching influences on reaching a verdict in court. [15]
4 (a) How can probation serve as an alternative to imprisonment? [10]
(b) Evaluate limitations of research into alternatives to imprisonment. [15]

Jan 2013

1 (a) How can criminal behaviour be learnt from others? [10]
(b) Discuss the view that some people turn to crime because of their upbringing. [15]
2 (a) Describe how researchers have used E-fit to investigate face recognition. [10]
(b) Assess the strengths and limitations of research into interviewing witnesses to a crime. [15]
3 (a) Describe how persuasion may be used in a courtroom. [10]
(b) To what extent is research into persuading a jury useful? [15]
4 (a) Describe research into planned behaviours once freed from jail. [10]
(b) Evaluate the use of qualitative and quantitative data when researching imprisonment. [15]

June 2013

1 (a) What does research into moral development tell us about criminal behaviour? [10]
(b) Discuss whether individuals have free will when turning to crime. [15]
2 (a) Describe research into the effect of witness confidence in the courtroom. [10]
(b) Assess the usefulness of research into witness appeal in the courtroom. [15]
3 (a) Describe research into the prison situation and roles. [10]
(b) Evaluate the methodology used in research into imprisonment. [15]
4 (a) How is restorative justice used after a guilty verdict? [10]
(b) To what extent are alternatives to imprisonment effective? [15]

June 2014

1 (a) How can an upbringing in a poverty and disadvantaged neighbourhoods explain criminal behaviour [10]
(b) Evaluate the methods used to investigate upbringing as an explanation of crime [15]
2 (a) Describe the use of the cognitive interview technique when interviewing witnesses [10]
(b) Discuss the ecological validity of research into interviewing witnesses [15]
3 (a) Describe a cognitive skills programme used with offenders [10]
(b) Assess the usefulness of offender treatment programmes [15]
4 (a) Outline research into 'looking death-worthy' [10]
(b) Assess the validity of research into alternatives to imprisonment [15]


1 comment:

  1. I'm really stuck on these two really mean questions, firstly how would you answer this June 2011 question, ' To what extent can research into alternatives to imprisonment be considered ethnocentric?(15)' and also this Jan 2013 one, 'Evaluate the use of qualitative and quantitative data when researching imprisonment.(15)' I don't know how to make 3 PEEC's with them. Thanks:)

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