Curricular Unit:Code:
Biological and Psychological Perspectives of Crime780PBPC
Year:Level:Course:Credits:
1UndergraduateCriminology6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Portuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
To have the knowledge and ability to understand the concepts, theories and research in the field of biological and psychological perspectives on crime.
2. To learn how to apply the acquired knowledge and the ability to understand it, in order to allow a proper assessment of specific issues related to biological and psychological perspectives on crime.
3. To develop the capabilities and the solutions that support judgments, when assessing the social, scientific and ethical aspects of biology and psychology of crime.
4. To improve the skills in written and oral communication.
Syllabus:
The course introduces to the recent knowledge on the biology and psychology of crime, considering their historical and epistemological aspects. Criminal behavior will be contextualized in the biological evolution of behaviors, the estimated genetic contribution, the neurobiology, endocrinology and biochemistry of crime, the androgen theory of dominance and aggression, which connects biology with the evolutionary psychology of criminal behavior. The psychology of crime considers the factors of development, psychodynamic, behavioral and cognitive theories of crime. Social learning, the media and its relationship to violence will be addressed, as well as issues of IQ and psychopathology. Psychopathy will be addressed by the biology and psychology of crime.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
Unit 1: Syllabus contents favor the deepening of specific theoretical issues in the field of biological perspectives of crime allowing thereby to achieve the objectives of the course, namely: to acquire the knowledge and capacity to understand the biological study of crime; to be able to apply the acquired knowledge and understanding ability to the evaluation of cases in which the crime can be interpreted in a biological way.
Teaching 2nd Unit: Syllabus contents favor the deepening of models and theoretical issues in the field of psychological perspectives of crime, achieving the objectives of acquisition, development and enhancement of knowledge and skills of psychological evaluation of criminal behavior. The unit presents the objective of integrating biological and psychological knowledge related to research and intervention in biology and psychology of crime, developing a critical and ethical attitude.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Final test (60%), written and oral paper (40%)
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
1st Unit: Theoretical exposition of the contents characterizing the area; Submission of articles, books and authors ot the biology of crime; Individual and group discussion in order to develop and deepen the knowledge of the biology of the crime and the acquisition and development of skills of research and intervention, including the writing scientific texts. .2nd Unit: Theoretical exposition of contents characterizing the content area of the psychology of crime; Research, reading and discussion of specialized literature aiming at the acquisition, development and deepening of knowledge and skills of assessment and psychological intervention in crime. Integration of biological and psychological knowledge related to research and intervention, developing a critical attitude and adopting ethical values.
Reading:
Habib, M. (2003). Bases Neurológicas dos Comportamentos Lisboa: Cilmepsi Editores.
Bear, M. F., Connors, B. W. & Paradiso, M. A. (2008). Neurociências: Desvendando o cérebro. Artmed
Jeannerod, M. (1996). Sobre a fisiologia mental : história das relações entre biologia e psicologia. Lisboa: Instituto Piaget.
Anderson, G. S. (2007). Biological Influences on Criminal Behavior. Simon Fraser Un. Publ.: CRC Press.
Ellis, L., Beaver, K. & Wright, J. (2009). Handbook of Crime Correlates. Biological Factors. Acad. Press.
Pakes F. & Winstone, J. (2007). Psychology and Crime.UK: Willan Publ.
Putwain, D. & Sammons, A. (2002). Psychology and Crime. USA: Routledge
Raine, A. (1993). The Psychopathology of Crime: Criminal Behavior as a Clinical Disorder. USA: Acad. Press.