CRIM 103 - Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour

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


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks:  15



CRIM 101 or PSYC 101


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
- Introduction to Criminal Behaviour and Deviance
- Biological and Evolutionary Theories
- Learning and Environmental Theories
- Developmental Factors and Juvenile Delinquency
- Family Violence
- Aggression and Violence
- Sexual Offenders
- Mentally Disordered Offenders
- Substance Abuse
- Correctional Psychology - Linking Theories to Practice


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: 100


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