2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    
    Dec 08, 2022  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CJ 274 Criminal Behavior (5 credits)



Distribution Area Fulfilled General Transfer Elective
Course Description
This course is an examination of psychology of human behavior as it relates to crime. Focuses on the scientific study, psychological bases, and dynamics of criminal situations and criminal behavior; major theories of criminal and aggressive behavior; cognitive, psychodynamic, behavioral, social learning, descriptive, and developmental theories are discussed and compared with current classification systems. The student will be introduced to psychopathology, the sexually violent offender, and serial murder through the profiles of known offenders.

Student Outcomes
1. Examine major criminological theories.
2. Analyze the personality profiles associated with crime (anti-social, psychopathic, psychosis, drugs & alcohol, adolescence, sexually-based).
3. Discuss & differentiate major theories of criminal & aggressive behavior.
4. Examine historical & current criminal classification systems.
5. Apply course concepts to psychological & legal case studies.
6. Discuss varying personality profiles, levels of motivations, & prognosis of homicidal offender.



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