Learn about the major theories on the factors that lead to criminal behaviour in this online Psychology of Crime unit, offered by Open Universities Australia and Griffith University. Nine theoretical approaches to investigating criminal behaviour will be explored during this unit, including evolutionary theories, psychodynamic theories, trait theories, social learning theories and moral development theories.
Once you have gained an understanding of the theoretical approaches to criminal behaviour, you will consider their implications for several areas of criminology. These will include the criminal justice system, crime prevention and the rehabilitation of offenders.
You will discuss some of the most hotly debated topics within psychology and their relationships with crime and criminal behaviour, including the nature/nurture debate, the free-will/determinism debate, and the person/situation debate. You will also obtain the level of understanding necessary to discuss the primary individual-level theoretical explanations for criminal behaviour, and will be capable of applying these to both hypothetical and real scenarios.
You cannot enrol in this unit if you have completed a unit deemed academically equivalent.
Areas of study
In this Psychology of Crime unit, the topics you will study include:
Crime and genetics
Social learning theories
Implications for the criminal justice system
Implications for crime prevention
Implications for rehabilitation
This unit is not currently a requirement for any course. Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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Upon completion of this unit, you will have an understanding of the major theoretical approaches to investigating criminal behaviour, and will be aware of the processes involved in testing scientific theories through carrying out psychological experiments. You will become capable of expressing your thought processes when critiquing studies of others, and will develop competencies in communicating your own conclusions and ideas.
This unit will also help you to develop an understanding of ethics, and ethical concerns that must be considered when undertaking research within this field of psychology.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Psychology of Crime from Griffith University.
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Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
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Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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