Undergraduate | GRF-CCJ200 | 2024
Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour
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Delve into scientific theories that explain why people become criminals. You’ll explore links between criminal behaviour and personality, upbringing, and more. Use this knowledge in crime prevention and offender rehabilitation.
- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Start dates
- 27 May 2024,
- 25 Nov 2024,
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- Entry requirements
- Prior study needed
- 13 weeks
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Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour
About this subject
After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between individual-level and society-level explanations of criminal behaviour.
- Understand the major debates about the nature of criminal behaviour, for example, the nature/nurture debate, the free-will/ determinism debate, and the person/situation debate.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the major individual-level theoretical explanations of criminal behaviour, and be able to apply these theories to individual cases.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the practical and policy implications of the theories of criminal behaviour.
- Understand how scientific theories can be tested using psychological experiments.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical concerns with individual-level explanations of criminal behaviour.
- Evolutionary Theories
- Crime and Genetics
- Biobehavioural Theories
- Trait Theories
- Behavioural and Social Learning Theories
- Developmental Theories of Criminal Behaviour
- First Nations SEWB
- Cognition and Criminal Behaviour
- Environmental Theories
- Implications for the Criminal Justice System
- Implications for Prevention and Rehabilitation
Previously named "Psychology of Crime", this course is designed to complement Crime, Society and Culture. This subject addresses the question "What is it about individuals and their experiences that produce criminal behaviour?". Psychologists are concerned with how an individual’s biological make-up, personality, upbringing, current circumstances and so forth produce criminal behaviour. The unit examines criminal behaviour in terms of nine theoretical perspectives: evolutionary theories, genetic theories, biobehavioural theories, psychodynamic theories, trait theories, behavioural theories, social learning theories, development theories, and environmental theories. The unit also examines the implications of these theories for three areas criminology: the functioning of the criminal justice system, crime prevention, and the rehabilitation of offenders.
- Online Quiz 1 (10%)
- Case Study (40%)
- Final Exam (40%)
- Online Quiz 2 (10%)
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You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
GRF-CCJ20 (Not currently available)
This is not an introductory subject, it is a second year subject. You must have a basic understanding of the first year criminology subjects. Students who have completed more than 2 OUA units (GPA 4.0+) and are planning on completing the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to enrol in the degree. Part of this process will involve registering your study plan with Griffith University, which will help to ensure that you are studying the required units.
No additional requirements
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
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Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses
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