BCJ 340
Criminal Behavior
Online Course

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.

Course Objectives

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.

If you are interested in taking this course, please explore a degree or certificate program below:

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