Lecture: 4 hrs
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
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
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.
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.
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.