Faculty of Arts

CRIM 203

The Criminal Mind: Crime and Individual Differences

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for CRIM 203.


This course is designed to examine the phenomena of crime and punishment from a psychological perspective. Using a combination of readings, films, lectures and discussions, students will be familiarised with key psychological concepts and asked to apply them to forensic contexts. Particular attention will be paid to psychological explanations of crime, the relationship between mental illness and crime, and the role of psychology in law enforcement, the courts and corrections. Biosocial criminology, crime scene analysis, criminogenic risk and needs, and rehabilitation will also be examined. The course will employ an international, comparative approach:  a great deal of the research described in this course originates in the USA, but students will also be exposed to materials from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, England and elsewhere, and expected to relate them to each other

Availability 2018

Semester 2




A course reader will be made available if required


CRIM 203: 15.0 points


30 points from MĀORI 130, PHIL 103, POLITICS 109, PSYCH 108, SOCIOL 100, 101, 103

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