Schedule of Classes Course Description

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: PSC                                     Course Number: 271                                    
Course Title: Psychological Foundations of Police Work
Subject: Police Science
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


This course is designed to explore and apply psychological principles and practice to the varied police functions in present-day society. Some of the specific topics that will be discussed and critically examined are: the unique psychological stresses of police work and their effect on the police officer, his family, and the public; identification and management of the problem police officer; psychological stresses of command; psychology of crowds; riots and their effective control; the application of psychological principles to detective work. The interpersonal psychodynamics of the police with civilian complainants, victims, and violent, aggressive, assaultive individuals will be reviewed in depth.

Prerequisite: ENG 101. In addition: sophomore standing or above; PSC 101 or PSY 101.
  • This course is crosslisted as:   PSY 271
Start Date:    08/31/2001                         End Date: