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.
- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Entry requirements
- Prior study needed
- 13 weeks
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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 Theory
- Crime and Genetics
- Bio-behavioural Theories
- Trait Theories
- Developmental Theories
- Social Learning Theories
- Social Cognitive Theories
- Environmental Theories
- Implications for the Criminal Justice System
- Implications for Prevention and Rehabilitation
- First Nations SEWB
This subject addresses the question "What is it about individuals and their experiences that produce criminal behaviour?". Psychologists are concerned with how an individualâ€™s biological make-up, personality, upbringing, current circumstances and so forth produce criminal behaviour. The subject examines criminal behaviour in terms of nine theoretical perspectives: evolutionary theories, genetic theories, biobehavioural theories, psychodynamic theories, trait theories, behavioural theories, social learning theories, moral development theories, and environmental theories. The subject 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 (10%)
- Case Study (50%)
- Online Exam (40%)
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