Course Description

This course covers a range of topics regarding the onset and maintenance of criminal behaviour. A variety of perspectives are examined, including biological, learning, and psychodynamic theories, and many areas within psychology are discussed, including social psychology, cognition, lifespan development, individual differences, and the identification and treatment of psychological disorders. Specific topics may include risk factors, typologies of offenders, special populations, risk-assessment instruments, treatment and rehabilitation of offenders, and interventions to reduce criminal behaviour.


Prerequisites: CPSY 300

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