BHS303 - Forensics, Crime and Corrections

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Subject Title
Forensics, Crime and Corrections

Subject Description
This course will provide a survey of the application of behavioural sciences in law and the criminal justice system. Forensic behavioural science examines the factors that underlie criminal behavior, including risk and preventative factors. Students will develop an understanding of criminal behavior. They will learn how behavioural sciences can be applied in law enforcement and crime prevention. Students will also learn how the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) can be used to manage behavior and support rehabilitation in correctional settings. Issues regarding individuals with disabilities in the correctional system will be discussed. This course will prepare students for employment as behavior interventionists in forensic settings, including correctional facilities.

Credit Status
This is a required course in the Behavioural Sciences diploma program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1) Explain the interface between behavioural science and the criminal justice system.
2) Describe the various applications of behavioural science in law and the criminal justice system.
3) Explain the key risk and preventative factors that underlie criminal behavior.
4) Apply the principles of behavioural sciences in predicting patterns of criminal behavior in theoretical scenarios or case studies.
5) Describe the characteristics of violent offenders and of individuals with Antisocial Personality.
6) Assess the challenges related to the detention and rehabilitation of individuals with mental health or developmental disabilities within the correctional system.
7) Apply the principles of applied behavioural analysis (ABA) to manage the behavior of young offenders in the criminal justice system.
8) Formulate strategies based on the principles of ABA to support the rehabilitation of young offenders in the criminal justice system.
9) Apply the principles of ABA to manage the behavior of adult offenders in the criminal justice system.
10) Advocate strategies based on the principles of ABA to support the rehabilitation of adult offenders in the criminal justice system.

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