Curricular Unit:Code:
Biological and Psychological Perspectives of Crime780PBPC
1UndergraduateCriminology6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Spring SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
1. 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.
2. Psychological perspectives of crime
2.1. Personality and criminal behavior
2.2. Crime as a learned behavior
2.3. Personal control and criminal behavior
2.4. The crime as a result of the socialization process
2.5. Rational and cognitive perspective of criminal behavior
2.6. Moral development and 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.
Unit 2: 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):
Two tests (50% each).
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.
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Frederiksen, M., & Knudsen, I. (Eds., 2021). Modern folk devils: Contemporary constructions of Evil. Helsinki University Press.
Jeannerod, M. (1996). Sobre a fisiologia mental: História das relações entre biologia e psicologia. Instituto Piaget.
Anderson, G. (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. Academic Press.
Habib, M. (2003). Bases neurológicas dos comportamentos. Climepsi Editores.
Pakes F., & Winstone, J. (2007). Psychology and crime. Willan Publ.
Putwain, D., & Sammons, A. (2002). Psychology and crime. Routledge.
Raine, A. (1993). The psychopathology of crime: Criminal behavior as a clinical disorder. Academic Press.