2017-2018 / CRIM3100-1

Criminal Psychopathology


45h Th

Number of credits

 Master in criminology (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Patrick Papart

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

After a short historical survey of legal psychiatry the course considers major psychiatric disorders and their possible relation to criminal and dangerous behaviour.
We will study in turn: psychoses, mood disorders, anxious disorders, organic mental disorders, disorders related to the absorption of psychoactive substances, disorders affecting the control of impulses, and paraphilia.
Cases in which the law that protect mental patients and the law on social defence apply are also discussed and illustrated with examples of psychiatric expertise.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To study the relationship between mental diseases and dangerous and criminal behaviour.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Notions of psychiatry

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Structure of the course: pwp projection with videos.
Répétitions : Further training for students: debates on the videos.

Recommended or required readings

Advised further reading:
Psychopathology and Violent Crime (A. Skodol, American Psychiatric Press, 1998).

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


- Teacher: Prof. P. PAPART, CHU Sart Tilman - 04/ 366 72 15
- Secretary: Mme C. Gayetot, CHU Sart Tilman - 04/ 366 79 60