MSCR 605 Criminal Psychopathology

Examine the criminal mind and criminal behavior patterns in the Criminal Psychopathology course. Students will explore factors that influence criminal behavior and the pathology of criminal behavior. Through this course, students will also consider changing environments, demographics and events as it relates to the criminal mind and behavior patterns.

Course learning topics include:

  1. Introduction to Risk and Resiliency
  2. Negative Influence: Birth to Three
  3. Pathways to Psychopathology in Childhood
  4. Adolescence: The Turning Point
  5. Bullying and Belonging
  6. Biological Correlates of the Criminal Mind
  7. Socio-cultural Factors that Support Criminal Behavior
  8. Deterring Crime: Prevention and Intervention

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complicated nature of criminal behavior and the models used to describe and to explain it from both a defendants and offenders perspective.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of the complex relationships of intra-personal variables and the social context in the causation of crime, through the evolution of the most current theories and perspectives regarding the psycho-social and biological underpinnings of criminal behavior.
  • Present and evaluate explanations of criminality in different groups of offenders (e.g., juveniles, women, the elderly) or in particular types of offending (e.g., violent, sexual, serial, terrorist, fraud and con games, etc.)
  • Formulate a working model of crime, as it relates to the criminal mindset and value system, as well as the subsequent criminal behavior.
  • Analyze criminal behavior from a bio-psycho-social frame of reference.
  • Outline the impact of criminal behavior on victims and potential victims of crime throughout the various societal strata.
  • Develop and practice an interviewing and investigatory style that will elucidate a criminal’s motives, expectations, and “critical thinking errors.”
  • Understand the significance of individual sexual history, along with differences and distinctions among sex crimes, paraphilias, and perversions.
  • Identify the connection that substance abuse (alcohol/drugs) has on crime, violence, individual health, as well as the cost to criminal justice system and society at large.
  • Appreciate the contributory influences of various forms of psychopathy and how they influence children, through adolescence, and becomes firmly entrenched dysfunctional lifestyles in adulthood.

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