Fall 2023 - CRIM 103 E100
Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behavior (3)
Class Number: 5971
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Mon, 4:30–6:20 p.m.
Oct 10, 2023: Tue, 4:30–6:20 p.m.
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 18, 2023
Mon, 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Prerequisites:PSYC 100 and 102 are recommended.
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-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Identify psychological theories used to explain crime and criminality, their key principles, and as sociated empirical evidence.
- Identify key elements and interpret findings in reports of empirical research on explanations of criminal and deviant behaviour.
- Identify and criticallly 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 15%
- Plagiarism quiz P/F%
- Midterm Exam 25%
- Term Paper 30%
- Final Exam 30%
P/F = Pass/Fail
Tutorial participation (15%):
Tutorials will be utilized to expand on selected lecture topics through in-class activities such as discussion of readings, small group work and collaborative activities, and games. Participation will be assessed based on attendance and active engagement with class activities.
Plagiarism quiz (P/F):
Students will be required to review the SFU Library’s plagiarism module and complete a plagiarism quiz. The quiz is pass/fail, and its purpose is to ensure that all students are aware of the types of behaviours that constitute plagiarism.
Midterm exam (25%):
The midterm exam will assess understanding and retention of course material and will cover material from weeks 1-5. The format will include multiple choice and short answer questions.
Term paper (30%):
Students will analyze a psychological theory or construct discussed in the course and discuss how the theory or construct can explain the criminal behaviour of a well-known offender.
Final exam (30%):
The final exam will assess understanding and retention of course material and will cover post-midterm material. The format will include multiple choice and short answer questions.
Lyon, D.R. & Welsh, A. (2017). The Psychology of Criminal and Violent Behaviour. Oxford University Press Canada: Don Mills, Ontario.
Additional readings as posted on Canvas.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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