CRIJ220 Psychology for Law Enforcement Officers

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice

I. Course Number and Title
CRIJ220 Psychology for Law Enforcement Officers
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of psychology as applied to modern practices in managing crowds, criminals, delinquents, and the public. The major topics of study include an examination of psychological principles as applied to criminals and the effects of trauma on the criminal justice professional.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. analyze the fundamental principles of psychology as applied to modern practices in managing crowds, criminals, delinquents and the public;
      2. examine the psychological factors associated with the commission of crimes including psychological and physical trauma, alcoholism, drug addiction and sexual offenses;
      3. analyze the psychology of crisis situations such as domestic disturbances, attempted suicides, psychotic and similar episodes, and group behavior; and
      4. evaluate the effects of law enforcement work on the officer and the identification of personal problems.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. examination of fundamental principles of psychology as applied to modern practices in management of crowds, criminals, delinquents and the public
    2. examination of psychological antecedents to crime
    3. examination of physical antecedents to crime
    4. the role of early trauma to later criminal behavior (PTSD)
    5. examination of the psychological factors associated with alcoholism, drug addiction, and sexual offenses
    6. techniques utilized in crisis situations such as with domestic disturbances, attempted suicides and psychotic behavior
    7. the effect of trauma and personal problems on the law enforcement officer
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. The assessment of course learning goals is based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date -1995; Revised 4/2011