Antisocial and Violent Behaviours: A Multilevel Perspective


This module will provide an in-depth understanding of environmental and neurobiological factors implicated in the development and maintenance of severe antisocial and violent behaviours throughout the lifespan. The course will focus on a number of psychiatric disorders in childhood (e.g., Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder) and adulthood (e.g., Antisocial Personality Disorder, Psychopathy) associated with antisocial and violent behaviours.

In discussing theoretical perspectives on different disorders, there will be an emphasis on the dynamic interplay between genetic, neurobiological, psychological, social, cognitive, emotional, and environmental influences (i.e., multiple levels of analysis). The role of a number environmental (e.g., childhood maltreatment, nutrition, smoking during pregnancy) and neurobiological factors (e.g., genes, brain functioning and lesions, autonomic nervous system) will be discussed and how their interactions can increase risk for antisocial and violent behaviours.


  • Essay (50%)
  • Examination (50%)