Syllabus.CJ436.02.Spring2009_011008 - CJ 436.02 Spring 2009...

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CJ 436.02 Spring 2009 01.10.09 Understanding Human Behavior Criminal Justice 436.02 (CID 3463) Spring 2009 Online course via SHSU Blackboard Professor: Dr. Victoria B. Titterington Office: CJ Center C223 Office Hours: Tues., Wed., Thurs. 10 a.m. – 12 noon, or by appointment Face-to-face in CJ C223 Virtual through Blackboard-> Communication-> Collaboration-> Office Hours->Join Chat Phone: 936-294-4771 E-mail: Fax: 936-294-1653 Teaching Assistant: Mr. Pierre Rivolta Office: CJ Center CL35 Office Hours: By appointment Phone: 294-1660 Email: Syllabus Course Description: This course is described in your course catalogue as “The dynamics of human behavior; analysis of the biological, cultural, sociological and psychological factors.” This is a core course in the undergraduate curriculum because most of you plan to become professionals in policing, law, courts, corrections or human services. This means that you will be dealing with a variety of people who have special issues or psychological problems. Required Reading: Helfgott, Jacqueline B. (2008). Criminal Behavior: Theories, Typologies, and Criminal Justice . Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN: 978-1-4129-0487-2. The companion website for this textbook is at: Course Goals: 1
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CJ 436.02 Spring 2009 01.10.09 1. Link theory and practice in a way that facilitates understanding of the importance of theory and typology development in making sense of and responding to criminal behavior. 2. Highlight gaps in the literature with respect to the evolving nature of crime in the 21st century with attention to the role of media and pop culture in the development of criminal behavior and its response. 3. Provide concrete examples of the ways in which theories and typologies impact the different stages of the criminal justice process. Course Objectives: At the completion of this course, you will be able to: 1. Describe in general terms the social, psychological and biological factors for explaining criminal behavior and the possible advantages of understanding each of these perspectives for criminal justice practitioners. 2. Summarize the aspects of personality and psychological disorders that may lead to criminal behavior, including violence, sex crimes and drug abuse. 3.
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