Fall 2018 - CRIM 103 D100

Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behavior (3)

Class Number: 7697

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SSCK 9500, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 15, 2018
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SSCB 9201, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 100 and 102 are recommended.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

An introduction to, and critical examination of, biogenetic, psychiatric, and psychological explanations of criminal and deviant behavior. Special attention will be given to the hypothesized links between criminality and genetics, physiology, the endocrine system, mental disorders, personality, moral development, and other forms of social learning. Breadth-Social Sciences.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course examines crime from a psychological perspective with particular focus on the biogenetic, psychiatric, and psychological explanations of criminal and deviant behavior.  This course critically investigates biological, developmental (including moral development), personality, cognitive-behavioral, and situational risk factors that have been implicated in criminal and deviant behavior as well as the effects of substance abuse, psychopathy, and mental disorders on crime.  Psychological explanations will be explored in relation to specific types of criminal behavior, such as violent crime, sexual crime, and serial crime, through both a historical and modern perspective.

OBJECTIVES: To examine the social, biological, and psychological processes underlying behavior defined as "crimes against persons" such as assault, rape, theft, murder, etc.

Grading

  • Tutorial Participation (including participation in discussion, demonstration of completion of weekly readings, and group presentation) 30%
  • Mid-Term Quiz 15%
  • Term Paper 25%
  • Final Exam 30%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Lyon, D.R., & Welsh, A. (2017). The psychology of criminal and violent behaviour. Toronto, ON: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199010080

Department Undergraduate Notes:


ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities, (MBC 1250 or Phone 778-782-3112) if you need or require assistance, not your individual instructors.  

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  • A student must complete ALL aspects of a course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses and other), otherwise he/she will receive a grade of N. 
  • E-mail policy for on campus courses only: The School of Criminology STRONGLY DISCOURAGES the use of e-mail in lieu of office hour visits. Criminology advises its instructional staff that they are NOT required to respond to student e-mails and that students wishing to confer with them should do so in person during scheduled meeting times.
  • The University has formal policies regarding intellectual dishonesty and grade appeals which may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
  • Under GP18, the University has policies and procedures which respond to our obligations under the BC Human Rights Code to provide a harassment and discrimination free environment for the students, staff and faculty of this institution.  Members of this community have an affirmative obligation to safeguard the human rights of others.
UNIVERSITY POLICY FORBIDS FINAL EXAMINATIONS WHILE CLASSES ARE STILL IN SESSION.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS