Criminal Psychology

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Criminal Psychology

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CRIM 111; one course from ANTH, HIST, LAWS, MDIA, PSYC, PUBL, SOSC or SPOL

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    CRIM 217 provides an introduction to psychological approaches to understanding and preventing criminal behaviour. Topics covered include violent offending sexual offending, collective violence, drug use, crime prevention, and rehabilitation.

    Course content
    A detailed outline of lecture content will be provided on Blackboard in the first week of class.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • describe a number of different theoretical approaches to understanding crime and explain how they are related to one another (as assessed in assignment 1 and the exam)
    • describe a number of different theories of offending and explain how they contribute to our understanding of criminal behaviour (as assessed in assignment 1 and the exam)
    • apply their knowledge of psychological approaches to understanding crime to a specific case study of offending (as assessed in assignment 2)
    • describe and critically evaluate a number of different psychological approaches to reducing crime (as assessed in the exam).

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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