Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour
The following outline guides the design and delivery of this course:
- Introduction to psychological perspectives that explain deviant and criminal behaviour.
- Definitions, Research Trends, and Critiques
- Identification, explanation, and critical examination of psychological theory including:
- Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Theory
- Developmental Factors
- Biological Factors (i.e. genetics, psychophysiological factors, neurophysiological concepts)
- Learning and Situational Factors
- Social Cognitive Theory
- Identification, explanation, and critical examination using psychological theory of topics including:
- Mental Health (the relationship between mental disorder and criminality)
- Human Aggression/Violence (including homicide and multicide)
- Sexual Offences (i.e. paraphilias, pedophilia, sexual assault)
- Dangerousness (predicton of / risk assessment)
- Youth Crime
- Other Current Topics
The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, which may include:
- Group discussions and exercises
- Student presentations
- Audio-visual materials
- Use of Blackboard
Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College Evaluation Policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester.
Typical means of evaluation will include a combination of:
- Written Assignments
- Class Presentations
- Term Paper
- Classroom Contribution (Participation)
An example of one possible evaluation scheme would be:
|Two Mid-Semester Exams (25% each)||50%|
Students may conduct research with human participants as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans.
At the conclusion of the course, the successful student will be able to:
- Identify and discuss various psychologically based theoretical explanations of criminal behaviour.
- Critically examine psychological theories of crime.
- Explain, from different psychological theoretical approaches, how criminal behaviour is acquired and maintained.
- Critically evaluate and assess empirical research of criminal behaviour.
Course texts such as the most recent edition of the following will be used.
Bartol, C. and Bartol A. (2017). Criminal Behaviour: A Psychosocial Approach, (11th ed.). Toronto, Ont: Pearson Education Limited.
Relevant journal articles and research will be included.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca
|Institution||Transfer Details for CRIM 2251|
|Camosun College (CAMO)||CAMO PSYC 252 (3)|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU CRIM 2XX (3)|
|College of New Caledonia (CNC)||CNC CRIM 102 (3)|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU CRIM 2330 (3)|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG CRIM 2XXX (3)|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU CRIM 103 (3)|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU PSYC 2XXX (3)|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU HUMA 2XX (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO SOCI 2nd (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV SOCI 2nd (3)|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC PSYC 2XX (3)|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV CRIM 105 (3)|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC PSYC 2XX (1.5)|
See Legal Studies (LGST) for other university transferable law and legal system courses.
CRIM 2251 002 is an condensed course. Classes will be held twice a week from May 8th - July 9th, 2023. See Legal Studies (LGST) for other university transferable law and legal system courses.