PSY 310 Psychology of Violence

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.

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