Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
Criminal Justice, Criminology, Psychology
Taught In English
CRIM 111; one course from ANTH, HIST, LAWS, MDIA, PSYC, PUBL, SOSC or SPOL
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
CRIM 217 provides an introduction to psychological approaches to understanding and preventing criminal behaviour. Topics covered include violent offending sexual offending, collective violence, drug use, crime prevention, and rehabilitation.
A detailed outline of lecture content will be provided on Blackboard in the first week of class.
Course learning objectives
Students who pass this course should be able to:
- describe a number of different theoretical approaches to understanding crime and explain how they are related to one another (as assessed in assignment 1 and the exam)
- describe a number of different theories of offending and explain how they contribute to our understanding of criminal behaviour (as assessed in assignment 1 and the exam)
- apply their knowledge of psychological approaches to understanding crime to a specific case study of offending (as assessed in assignment 2)
- describe and critically evaluate a number of different psychological approaches to reducing crime (as assessed in the exam).
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