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The online unit Psychology of Crime through Open Universities Australia and Griffith University examines these nine core theories of criminal behaviour: evolutionary, genetic, bio-behavioural, psychodynamic, traits, behavioural, social learning, moral development, and environment.
You will learn how to apply these to three core areas: the functioning of the criminal justice system, crime prevention, and offender rehabilitation.
You will also develop a personal position on the major debates about the nature of criminal behaviour: nature/nurture, the free-will/ determinism, and the person/situation debate.
Other skills you will develop include applying theoretical explanations of criminal behaviour to individual cases, and understanding how scientific theories can be tested using psychological experiments.
There are no prerequisites for this unit; however, you must have a basic understanding of first year criminology units.
In this Psychology of Crime unit, study topics include:
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
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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Studying Psychology of Crime can be a step towards a Bachelor in Criminal Justice, and can lead to careers in forensic psychology, criminal psychology, criminal profiling, investigative psychology, developmental psychology, as well as careers in research.
This unit will give you the education to be able to apply key criminology theories and perspectives to understand and explain crime and criminal behaviour.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. 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).Find out more about government study loans here.
Want more information about the career benefits of this course?
Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.