PSYC 3402 R - Criminal Behaviour

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The evaluation for this course does not include formal seated exams, so no distance proctoring arrangements are required.

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.

PSYC 3402 explores why criminal behaviour occurs and how it can best be prevented and treated from the perspective of psychology. Topics include (1) evolutionary, biological, and social learning theories of criminal behaviour, (2) correctional practices designed to prevent and reduce criminal behaviour, and (3) an in-depth analysis of specialized offender types (e.g., adolescent offenders, violent offenders, mentally disordered offenders, psychopathic offenders, and female offenders).

CRN for section R: 21355

Instructor: Craig Bennell

Craig Bennell

About the instructor: Craig Bennell received his B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Alberta (Canada) and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Liverpool (UK). Craig is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University with a cross-appointment to the School of Linguistics and Language Studies. He is the Director of Carleton’s Police Research Lab and a member of the Forensic Psychology Research Centre. He is a previous President of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology and a previous Editor of the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. He is also a founding member of the Crime Linkage International Network based out of Birmingham, UK, and a collaborator with the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing. Together with a great group of graduate and honours students, Craig studies three primary issues: (1) police use of force, (2) the reliability, validity, and usefulness of psychologically-based investigative techniques, and (3) evidence-based policing. Craig is a co-author of two undergraduate textbooks, Forensic Psychology and Psychology Criminal Behaviour: A Canadian Perspective. Craig has received numerous awards for his teaching and research.

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