To what extent do the parents/guardians of child beauty pageant contestants meet the criteria for Factitious Disorder by Proxy (FDP)?


Topic: Criminology- Psychology Assignment (Choose ONE topic written below)

The purpose of this assignment is for you to demonstrate your comprehension of one
major theory or aspect of Criminal Mind by applying it in a novel situation. You are
required to write a 3000 word response to a topic from the list below.


Assignment topics:
1. To what extent do the parents/guardians of child beauty pageant contestants meet the
criteria for Factitious Disorder by Proxy (FDP)?

2. Apply Hare’s Psychopathy Checklist-Revised to the television character of ‘Dexter’.
Given that Dexter is portrayed as someone who has had ‘his psychopathy trained in
socially useful directions’, to what extent does he meet Hare’s criteria for psychopathy?

3. Do you think it is possible for a person to be sexually assaulted via their virtual world
avatar? Use the cyber crime research literature to support your position.

4. Consider the Death Cab for Cutie song, I will possess your heart. Do the singer’s words suggest stalking? How would you characterise the singer and their state of mind? Use the
stalking research literature to support your argument. (Lyrics are available

Further Instructions :
Criteria for marking:
Your major assignment will be assessed on criteria including:
? the quality of your research
? your ability to critically analyse and interpret the material
? your ability to draw well-founded conclusions
? referencing and structuring of the paper
? the quality of your expression.
Specifically, we will be looking for evidence of your ability to conduct the research
necessary to respond to your chosen topic and to use a variety of credible and
authoritative sources such as books, academic journals and electronic resources.
To do well in this assignment, you will need to:
? understand and address your chosen topic only (i.e., stick to the topic)
? appropriately apply your knowledge to your chosen topic
? think critically and analytically
? write clearly and to structure your writing in a logical and coherent way
? present a professional piece of writing that is correctly referenced and well-written
You will do poorly on this assignment if you:
? simply describe a theory or an aspect thereof
? simply write everything you know on the topic
? write about a topic not listed
? wander off-topic
? over-rely on one or two sources
? over-use quotes
Please make sure you have read and understand the topic you are writing on. It gives us
no pleasure to fail assignments that are not responses to one of the topics provided but
be under no illusion, we will (and have).
Please read your chosen topic carefully and be sure you: a) understand it; and b) can
answer it. If not, pick a different topic.
Later in this guide are the School of PSI’s marking guidelines. These will give you a sense
of the quality of work that will attract a certain grade.



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