Criminology is an introductory course in the study of crime and criminal behavior, focusing on the various theories of crime causation. This course highlights the causes of crime, criminal behavior systems, societal reaction to crime, and criminological methods of inquiry.
Describe future crimes and the role of the criminological futurist in social policy development.
Discuss the rise of the victim's movement and related programs.
Identify specific strategies used in the battle against crime.
Discuss public policy in the area of crime prevention and control.
Identify specific historical crime-fighting measures adopted by the federal government, including relevant legislation.
The High-Tech Offender
Describe some techniques used in computer crime-fighting.
Identify the types of computer crimes and the laws against them.
Recognize how technology and criminality are interrelated.
Types of Crime
Examine strategies that have been proposed for dealing with the drug problem.
Explore the history of drug abuse in America and the extent of current illegal drug use.
Differentiate between white-collar, corporate, and organized crime and explain the development of those concepts.
Describe the characteristics of personal and property crimes in the United States.
Analyze the policy implications of conflict theories.
Differentiate between the various forms of conflict theory.
Identify the central tenets of conflict theory.
Social Structure , Social Process, and Social Development Theories
Explore the policy implications of social structure, social process, and social development theories.
Describe the essential beliefs of social development theories, including life course theories.
Discuss the core principles of social process theories.
Identify the central tenets of social structure and social process theories.
Psychological and Psychiatric Foundations of Criminal Behavior
Explore the impact of psychological and psychiatric theories on the law and social policy.
Describe the various psychological and psychiatric theories about crime.
Identify the central principles of psychological criminology.
Biological Roots of Criminal Behavior
Discuss the policy implications of biological theories.
Explain constitutional factors of crime causation.
Identify the fundamental assumptions of crime causation made by biological theorists.
Classical and Neoclassical Thought
Describe the policy implications of the classical school.
Differentiate between classical and neoclassical criminology.
Identify the major principles of the classical school of criminological thought.
Research Methods, Theory Development, and Patterns of Crime
Examine the economic and social dimensions of crime.
Describe and explain the major contemporary sources of crime data and their limitations.
Discuss the history of statistical data collection about crime and the analysis of such data.
What Is Criminology?
Examine how crime control social policy is related to public perceptions of crime.
Explain the purpose of criminology and the functions of criminologists.
Define crime and deviance and explain the relationship between deviance and criminality.
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