PSYC 3402 T - Criminal Behaviour

Psychosocial approaches to the classification and treatment of offenders; theories and research relevant to selected patterns of law breaking and selected offender types; the effectiveness of offender treatment. Prerequisite(s): one of PSYC 2100, PSYC 2400, or PSYC 2600.

The course provides a critical review of the psychology of criminal conduct ? understanding individual differences in criminal conduct through research, theory and criminal practice. An emphasis on correctional practice (assessment, classification, treatment and supervision) will be used to underscore the role psychology plays in understanding criminal behaviour. The first half of the course deals with prevalence, assessment and classification, whereas the second half focuses on treatment and special populations, including sex offenders, violent offenders and women offenders.

CRN for section T: 34859

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 34860

In-class lecture time & location:
Mondays, 11:35am to 2:25pm, C264 LA

Instructor: Ralph Serin

Ralph Serin

About the instructor: This course presents key themes relating to corrections and adult offenders based on my earlier career in corrections as a parole officer, psychologist and researcher. Unfortunately, much of what Canadians know about corrections is based on media accounts and contemporary television. While engaging (yes, I watch Criminal Minds), these depictions are often neither entirely accurate nor entirely complete. This course, then, is intended to highlight important contributions by Canadian researchers to better understand individual differences in criminal conduct through research, theory and criminal practice. Essentially, how is it that some individuals commit crimes but many do not? Similarly, most offenders eventually desist from crime but how and why?

This course considers recent trends regarding crime and incarceration, highlighting the impact of crime on Canadian society in terms of costs and victimization. Within the course there is an emphasis on correctional practice relating to risk assessment and treatment, as well as a review of special populations, including sex offenders, violent offenders and women offenders.

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