PSY 255 Syllabus

Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                       Date:  February 2014

Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts, Science or any curriculum requiring a social science elective

Course Number and Title:  PSY 255 - Psychological Aspects of Criminal Behavior

Credit Hours:   3                  Hours/Wk Lecture:  3         Hours/Wk Lab:                     Lec/Lab Comb:    3

I.              Catalog Description:  Studies psychology of criminal behavior.  Includes topics such as violent and non-violent crime, sexual offenses, insanity, addiction, white collar crime, and other deviant behaviors. Provides a background for law enforcement occupations.  Prerequisites: PSY 125, 200, 201, 202 or divisional approval.


II.                 Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: Provides and understanding of individual and group development and behavior with a specific focus on criminal behavior 


III.              Required background:   ENF 3 as a prerequisite

 IV.          Course Content:

A.   Introduction to Criminal Behavior

B.   Origins of Criminal Behavior: Developmental Risk Factors

C.   Origins of Criminal Behavior: Biological Factors

D.   Origins of Criminal Behavior: Learning and Situational Factors

E.   Human Aggression and Violence

F.    Juvenile Delinquency

G.   Criminal Psychopathy

H.   Crime and Mental Disorders

I.      Homicide, Assault, and Family Violence

J.    Multiple Murder, School Violence, and Workplace Violence

K.   Psychology of Terrorism

L.    Sexual Assault

V.  Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student will know about:

 a.       the major concepts of psychology of criminal behavior and aspects of crime theory.

b.         the  different types of criminal behavior

c.         the different biological factors that contribute to criminal behavior

d.         specific cases and real life examples of criminal behavior in American society


VI.  Evaluation


Class participation, exams, research paper,

and final exam

          VII.    This course supports the following objectives:

 DCC Educational Objectives:

Critical Thinking
Cultural and Social Understanding
Scientific Reasoning