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CRIM 103 - Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
CRIM 103

Students in this course will explore and critically examine our contemporary understanding of criminal and deviant behaviour. Perspectives to be considered reflect theory and research from biogenetics, social learning, and psychology, with an emphasis on the psychological theories of learning, behaviour, development, personality, psychoanalysis, and cognition. The ways in which our understanding of criminal behaviour influences the punishment and treatment of offenders will also be considered.

Credits:  3

  • Total Hours: 45
  • Lecture Hours: 45
Total Weeks:  15

This course is offered online:  No

  • CRIM 101 Introduction to Criminology
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology I
  • PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology II highly recommended
Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the various perspectives on criminal behaviour
  • Summarize the available empirical knowledge on the determinants of criminal behaviour
  • Explain the role of developmental issues in criminality
  • Describe the contextual factors related to criminal behaviour, such as substance abuse, mental illness, and disability
  • Summarize and give an example of the complexity of criminal behaviour
Grading System:  Letters

Passing Grade:  D (50%)

Percentage of Individual Work:

Course Offered in Other Programs:  Yes

Other Programs:
  • Associate of Arts Degree
  • Associate of Arts Degree - Criminology Specialization
  • University Arts and Sciences certificates

Textbooks: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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