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Course Description:

The advanced level course covers a multitude of topics and is the cause of tremendous conflict and debate. The course content is tied intimately to biology, psychology, forensics, and to interpersonal relationships. This course attempts to give students a modern perspective in the field, as well as to show how this topic must be studied in a diverse and ever-changing world. The course attempts to help students develop critical thinking skills, while bringing a greater understanding of the issues, attitudes and behaviors associated with sexual offending. In particular, each student will study and evaluate various theories of sexual offending and treatment and will assess actual cases of sex offending with respect to the likelihood for re-offense using static and dynamic risk factors and other measures currently applicable in the field. Students also will learn about assessment and treatment of those in special populations, such as those who offend as juveniles, those with cognitive impairments and those with significant psychiatric issues. In addition, each student will study the gender differences in sex offender recidivism.

Prerequisites: Completion of General Psychology/Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Human Sexuality (or equivalent course). Completion of or concurrently taking a course in Forensic Psychology is strongly recommended.

This online course is offered through Online Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Fall 1.

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