CR 370 Criminal Deviance

Explore the theories of criminal motivation.

Format: Online and/or Classroom

Duration: 8 weeks

Credits: 3 credits

When analyzing the motivation of a criminal, both psychological factors and the surrounding social environment need to be investigated. In CR 370 Criminal Deviance, you’ll study criminal behavior from a psychosocial approach.

In this course, you’ll examine types of criminal behavior, from individual crimes to mass violence, and explore theories behind such actions. Through discussions, debates, documentaries, group projects and essay assignments, you’ll have the opportunity to combine knowledge, principles and personal experiences to analyze and evaluate the many facets of criminal deviance.

What You’ll Learn in CR 370

You’ll examine various criminological perspectives of criminal behavior, as well as specific psychological, biological and learning theories that are employed to explain why some individuals are disposed to commit crime.

Course Topics

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

  • Origins of Criminal Behavior and Broad Criminological Theories
  • Juvenile Delinquency and Criminal Psychopathology
  • Homicide, Serial and Mass Murder
  • Family Criminal Deviance
  • Multiple Murder, School and Workplace Violence
  • Sexual Assault, Sexual Deviancy and Sex Crimes Against Children
  • Psychology of Terrorism

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of CR 370, you will be able to:

  • Outline the impact of criminal deviance on victims and potential victims of crime throughout the various socio-economic strata.
  • Expand knowledge of the developmental, psychological, social and environmental factors that impact crime.
  • Analyze criminal behaviors from a criminological perspective as well as psychological, biological and learning theories.
  • Evaluate labeling theory as an appropriate theory that explains criminal deviance.
  • Recognize the significance of criminal deviance on an individual's sexual history, along with differences and distinctions among sex crimes, paraphilia and perversions.
  • Formulate a working model of crime as it relates to the criminal deviance value system, as well as subsequent criminal behavior.
  • Identify different variables that contribute to criminal deviance within an individual.
  • Provide an overview of labeling theory in context with criminal deviance and the impact of labeling an individual as a “thief,” “junkie,” etc.
  • Distinguish between the “myths” and realities of criminal deviance behavior.

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

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