BCJ 340 Criminal Behavior
3 Semester Units
Criminal Behavior provides a detailed look at crime, what may lead to it, and how criminal behavior may be prevented—all from a psychological perspective. This course offers a comprehensive look at this complex field by focusing on serious crimes, particularly those involving violence.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Investigate the multiple causes, manifestations, and developmental pathways of criminal behavior.
- Become aware that the study of criminal behavior and delinquency, from a psychological perspective, has shifted from a personality focus toward a more cognitive and developmental focus.
- Identify social, family, and psychological developmental risk factors that lead to delinquency and crime.
- Explore the genetic and biological aspects of criminal behavior.
- Analyze the relationship between alcohol abuse and crime and delinquency.