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CR 426 Psychology of Crime

Explore how psychology is used to understand the complexities of the criminal mind.

Format: Online and/or Classroom

Duration: 8 weeks

Credits: 3 credits

What goes on in the mind of a criminal? How is that person’s thought process different from those who are not criminally inclined? In CR 426 Psychology of Crime, you’ll explore the theoretical history of criminal psychology and learn how sociology and psychology have helped criminologists apply meaning and motivation to those who have committed a criminal act.

Throughout this course, discussions, debates, documentaries, group projects and essay assignments will give you the opportunity to combine knowledge, principles and personal experiences to analyze and evaluate the use of psychology in the criminal justice system.

What You’ll Learn in CR 426

This course provides you with an understanding of the psychological foundations of crime and how criminologists, both in the field and in research, can use this knowledge.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Theories and Research Methods
  • Gender and Criminality
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Victimology and Vulnerability
  • Sexual Violence and Deviance
  • Mass and Serial Murder
  • Offender Profiling and Investigative Psychology
  • Psychology of the Interview: Witnesses and Suspects

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of CR 426, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate how sociology and psychology were once more closely linked and how these disciplines reflect the historical periods in which they were created.
  • Integrate concepts from psychology and sociology to enable a more robust analysis, drawing strengths from both disciplines and providing some theories of social justice as it relates to interpersonal violence with regard to gender, criminality and victimology.
  • Discriminate between offender profiling and investigative psychology.
  • Critique the scientific method and how it applies to the psychology of crime, particularly in crimes of sexual violence and multiple murders.
  • Analyze the role of psychology in the investigation of crime, especially in research developed in the areas of eyewitness memory, the detection of deception, decision making of juries and police interviewing techniques.

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*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.

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