PSYC441-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Special Topic

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


Special Topic

This course is concerned with the psychology of crime and the potential roles of psychologists in the Criminal Justice System.  There will be a particular emphasis on the contribution that psychological inquiry and practice can make to the effort to reduce offending, through developments in the following main areas:

• Psychological causes of antisocial behaviour
• Predicting an individual’s reoffending
• Offender treatment programmes, including specialist programmes (e.g., for sexual offending)
• Treatment programme evaluation
• Understanding the “process” of offending in the lives of repeat offenders.

Course Coordinator

Jacinta Cording


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Full research proposal 30%
Online reading discussions 20%
Proposal "one pager" 20%
Online discussion participation 10%
"5 in 5" presentation of proposal 20%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Bonta, James , Andrews, D. A., Andrews, D. A; The psychology of criminal conduct ; Sixth edition; Routledge, 2016.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,022.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the departments and faculties page .

All PSYC441 Occurrences

  • PSYC441-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020