Certain psychological pathologies have implications for security, and by looking into an opponent’s mind we can gain a better understanding of his behavior and how to control or prevent it. This course provides an understanding of different psychological theories of criminality and violence, cognitive and behavioral characteristics of violent individuals, and specific criminal psychopathologies of offenders such as serial killers and stalkers. Students also learn to distinguish those psychological approaches that are best for addressing violence and criminal behavior in a given situation. There is a heavy reliance on case studies, and practical skills taught include how to read and create a psychological profile.
Prerequisite (or equivalent):
Employ information literacy skills in identifying the scopes and subfields of forensic psychology.
Demonstrate a general familiarity with the basic principles of psychology theory and psychopathology related to criminal and violent behavior.
Explain the basic principles and procedures of forensic psychology.
Identify the sociological correlates of homicide.
Describe the significance of various psychological diagnoses, as well as the significance of various personality traits, as they relate to criminal behavior.
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