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Undergraduate | GRF-CCJ20 | 2023

Psychology of Crime

Address the question, ‘what is it about individuals and their experiences that produce criminal behaviour?’ Explore 9 theories: evolutionary, genetic, biobehavioural, psychodynamic, trait, behavioural, social learning, moral development and environmental.

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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks

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About this subject

  • After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between individual-level and society-level explanations of criminal behaviour.
    2. 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.
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of the major individual-level theoretical explanations of criminal behaviour, and be able to apply these theories to individual cases.
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the practical and policy implications of the theories of criminal behaviour.
    5. Understand how scientific theories can be tested using psychological experiments.
    6. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical concerns with individual-level explanations of criminal behaviour.

Entry requirements


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.

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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