UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS: 2017/2018
EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
BAC3217 FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY.
FULL TIME/PART TIME
DATE: APRIL, 2018 TIME: 2 HOURS
INSTRUCTIONS: Answer Question One & ANY OTHER TWO questions.
QUESTION ONE (30 MARKS)
a) Define psychology. (2Marks)
b) What is the importance of forensic psychology in justice system. (6Marks)
c) What are the FIVE basic elements of crime? (10Marks)
d) Explain the three types of criminal intents. (6Marks)
e) Describe the key function of intent. (2Marks)
f) Give the formal definition of crime. (2Marks)
g) What is the most striking thing you have learnt in this unit? (2Marks)
QUESTION TWO (20 MARKS)
a) Describe the following categories of crime and give an example of each.
iii) Petty offences.
b) Explain the factors that a prosecutor may consider in deciding whether to change an
offence as felony or misdemeanour. (4Marks)
c) How can words be legally treated as the actus reus? Give a relevant example.
QUESTION THREE (20 MARKS)
a) “Not all morally wrongful conduct is classified as criminally or even civil wrong”.
Discuss this statement and give a relevant example.
b) How can one become a competent eye witness? (6Marks)
c) Is it ever ethical to lie? Justify your answer. (4Marks)
QUESTION FOUR (20 MARKS)
a) Do we have innocent people in jail? Critically justify your answer. (10Marks)
b) Thought cannot be criminalized. Discuss this statement and give a case to justify your
c) Define deception. (2Marks)
QUESTION FIVE (20 MARKS)
a) Explain the concept psychopathic personality. (3Marks)
b) Describe the factors that cause domestic violence in Kenya. (10Marks)
c) Does child abuse cause crime? Justify your answer. (7Marks)