Fall 2022 - CRIM 103 D100
Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behavior (3)
Class Number: 2394
Delivery Method: In Person
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.
This course will examine crime from a psychological perspective, including the behavioural, emotional, and cognitive aspects of criminal offending. More specifically, the course will review developmental, biological, personality, cognitive/learning, and situational risk factors for criminal and deviant behaviour, as well as the effects of psychopathy and mental disorders on crime. In addition, psychological explanations for particular types of criminal behaviour will be examined, including offences such as violent crime, serial murder, and sexual crime.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Identify psychological theories used to explain crime and criminality, their key principles, and associated empirical evidence.
- Identify key elements and interpret findings in reports of empirical research on explanations of criminal and deviant behaviour.
- Identify and critically evaluate key psychological, behavioural, emotional, and cognitive aspects of criminal offending (e.g., psychopathy, mental disorder, substance use, personality and behavioural disorders, neurobiological impacts of trauma).
- Understand how existing psychological theories and perspectives apply to individuals who commit crimes (i.e., risk factors, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, release).
- Identify the relationship between mental health, criminality and the law in Canada.
- Tutorial participation 10%
- Midterm 30%
- Final Exam (In-person) 35%
- Plagiarism quiz P/F%
- Term Paper 25%
*There will be optional bonus activities allowing you to boost your grade by up to 3%
1. David R. Lyon & Andrew Welsh (2017). The Psychology of Criminal and Violent Behaviour. Oxford University Press.
2. Online readings, available through the SFU library as links through the course Canvas page
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