Spring 2019 - CRIM 402 C100
Biological Explanations of Crime (3)
Class Number: 7166
Delivery Method: Distance Education
Course Times + Location:
Exam Times + Location:
Feb 26, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
Apr 12, 2019
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
Examines possible biological factors that could result in a predisposition towards criminal behavior. These include not only the genetic factors that affect behavior and therefore could potentially predispose towards crime, but also biochemical, neurological, nutritive and accidental effects such as head injuries. This course will look critically at all evidence both for and against any possible biological predispositions for criminogenic behaviors, together with the interaction with the environment. In particular, moral and ethical issues will be considered and debated. Students with credit for CRIM 416 in the summer 2000 or 2001 term may not take this course for further credit.
Courses frequently consider the sociological, psychological, or environmental aspects of crime, but rarely are the equally important possible biological aspects of crime considered. Behaviour is a complex mixture of biology (the genotype), and the environment. Many other biological factors may also affect behaviour including diet, head trauma, etc. There is no single “gene for crime,” and none will ever be found, any more than there can be a single environmental or social reason for crime, but the fear that such a gene could be discovered prevents discussions of the biology of crime. There is, however, considerable evidence that biological factors can have a strong impact on criminogenic behaviour. Biological factors that could predispose a person to criminogenic behaviour will be critically considered, including the empirical evidence and the ethical issues involved. Understanding the biological factors that can predispose an individual to certain undesirable behaviours offers us perhaps the greatest hope for successful treatment.
- Online Presentation/Participation 30%
- Mid-term Exam 30%
- Final Exam 40%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
All Required Readings listed below are not provided by the Distance Education Office (CODE).
Biological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour (2007), Anderson
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