Course Sex Offenders
Instructor Kevin Nunes
Term Summer 2019
Email Address Kevin Nunes
Office Location A537 Loeb
Office Hours By appointment

Course Description:

Sexual offences include a wide range of sexual acts—with or without physical contact—involving people who do not or cannot provide informed consent. Why do some people commit sexual offences? How can sexual offending be reduced? This course is designed primarily to familiarize students with the fundamentals of theory and research on sexual offenders, and to develop critical thinking about evidence in this area. This will involve readings on key topics and a review of the methodology commonly used in research on sexual offenders. This course will also provide an overview of the assessment, treatment, and management of sexual offenders.


     Participation  (25% of final mark)

  • Participation will be evaluated on the basis of attendance, punctuality, quality and quantity of participation, and appropriate and respectful behaviour in class.

     Risk assessment presentation  (20% of final mark)

  • Students, working in groups of two or three (depending on class size), will present their assessment of risk for sexual reoffence posed by a high profile sexual offender using the Static-99R (see for guidelines and resources).

     Literature review presentation  (10% of final mark)

  • Present your summary and interpretation for one of the six studies you will include in your literature review paper. Presentations should be approximately 20 minutes and will be followed by questions and comments from the audience.

     Literature review paper  (45% of final mark)

  • Students will review six published peer-review journal articles with original empirical evidence relevant to the following question for one area (e.g., cognitive distortions) typically targeted in sexual offender treatment programs or otherwise hypothesized to be a cause of sexual offending: To what extent does the variable or treatment target play a causal role in sexual offending? Using the form provided by the instructor, students will summarize and interpret the relevant results from each study, synthesize the information across the studies, and formulate an overall conclusion regarding the question above.


.Lalumière, M. L., Harris, G. T., Quinsey, V. L., & Rice, M. E. (2005). The causes of rape: Understanding individual differences in male propensity for sexual aggression. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Seto, M. C. (2018). Pedophilia and sexual offending against children: Theory, assessment, and intervention (2nd edition). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.