Criminal Psychology

lcrim2103  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Criminal Psychology
6 credits
45.0 h + 15.0 h
Main themes
- To specify on what carries and of what the step of psychology consists to deal with the psychological significance of the delinquency.
- To locate its anthropological, epistemological and methodological bases.
- To question the difference delinquency not-delinquency.
- To distinguish clinical research and the scientific inquiry or the experimental investigation.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 - To understand the contributions of psychology to the models and methods of criminology and the study of delinquency.
The course is dedicated to the understanding of the man (offender). Beyond a consideration of the individual reduced to his criminal dimension, the basic objective consists in a study of the "man in situation" meeting the particularities of delinquency. Carrying out this complex task (and therefore proceeding to a series of deconstructions), consists in proceeding 1/ to an understanding of the prison experience, 2/ to an understanding of the delinquent individual and the criminological processes, 3/ to an understanding (through the practice of expertise) of the innocent or guilty subject, 4/ to an analysis of the history of the psychological understanding of delinquents. Final, 5/ a comprehensive analysis of Jonas case will be carried out.
Evaluation methods
Written exam
Teaching materials
  • Livre de référence : Englebert, J. (2013). Psychopathologie de l’homme en situation : Le corps du détenu dans l’univers carcéral. Paris : Hermann. Seconde édition 2017.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Criminology