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BHS2340 - The criminal mind

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Chris Caras/Kathryn Garland


Caulfield Second semester 2009 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


This unit introduces students to biological, psychological and social models of criminal behaviour and explores the application of these approaches to understanding the diversity of criminal behaviours. The critical evaluation and application of these theories to various categories of crime and behaviour will provide students with the opportunity to explore and analyse individual and social influences on criminal behaviours.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. a broad understanding of the biological, psychological and social models of criminal behaviour.
  2. the ability to discriminate between evidence, interpretation, opinion and fact in evaluating these theories and concepts;
  3. an ability to communicate, orally and in a written form, their understanding of these theories and concepts.


Written work 60%
Class tests 40%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week


BHS1711 and BHS1712, or permission



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