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Number:PY344
Name:Psychology of Criminal Behavior
Description:This course explores the causes of criminal behavior and covers topics including static and dynamic risk factors, criminogenic needs, psychopathy, and genetic predispositions. Psychological theories of criminal behavior, including social learning, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and developmental theories will be analyzed. Typologies of offenders, including those who commit sexual offenses, violent offenses, property crimes, economic crimes and acts of terrorism, will be reviewed.
Credit(s):3
Offered (DAY schedule):
Instructor Permission Required:N
Pre-Requisite(s): PY111

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, students will be able to: Critically evaluate theories of criminal behavior. Analyze current research in the area of static and dynamic risk factors. Evaluate and apply the risk/need/responsivity principle. Distinguish among various types of offenders. Analyze current research regarding psychopathy and genetic predispositions to criminal behavior.

Books Previously Used in this Course

Term Year Title ISBN Author Edition Publisher
S 2015 CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR:PSYCHOLOGICAL APPR. BARTOL 10TH 14 PEARSON
S 2013 Criminal Behavior: A Psychological Approach 0-13-505050-2 Bartol, Curt R. 9TH 11 Prentice Hall, Inc.
S 2012 A Primer on Crime and Delinquency Theory Bohm 3 Cengage Learning
S 2011 CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR 0-13-505050-2 BARTOL 9 PEARSON EDU
S 2011 Criminal Behavior--A Psychological Approach 0135050502 Bartol 9th Pearson
F 2009 NO INFORMATION RECEIVED 2-10-011112-4 NONE NO INFOR
F 2008 CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR 0-8058-4892-4 CASSEL 2 TAYLOR & FRANCIS, INC
F 2007 CRIME TYPES DABNEY WAD
F 2007 PRIMER ON CRIME & DELINQU BOHM 2 WAD