Criminological Theory –


(3 credits)

This is an advanced course in theories and crime causation, including classical, biological, psychological, sociological, and social-psychological approaches. Victimology, to include victimization statistics, victimogensis, and the prevention of victimization, is included.
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Social Policy and Crime Prevention

  • Synthesize criminological theories to develop policy for assisting victims, preventing crime, and achieving effective justice.
  • Evaluate the effect that criminological theory and research have had on contemporary and historical crime-control policies in the United States.

Genesis of the Field of Victimology

  • Evaluate contemporary research instruments used to measure criminal victimization.
  • Analyze the restorative justice model and its relationship to victimology.
  • Evaluate victimogenesis and other concepts in victimology, including victim responsibility.

Social-Psychological and Sociological Theories II

  • Analyze gender-based theories as they relate to current crime trends.
  • Evaluate the effect of positive and negative reinforcement on crime.
  • Evaluate conflict as it relates to social control.

Social-Psychological and Sociological Theories I

  • Analyze the role of socioeconomic status and values in criminological theory.
  • Explain the effect of imitations and interactions with others in learning behavior.
  • Identify social factors that contribute to crime and criminal behavior.
  • Evaluate the major principles of sociological-based schools of criminological thought.

Classical and Positive Theories

  • Analyze the relationship between personality and criminal behavior.
  • Evaluate the contributions of biological, sociobiological, and psychological explanations of criminal behavior.
  • Evaluate major principles of the classical school of criminological thought.
  • Explain the philosophical basis of classical and neoclassical thought in criminology.

Methods and Paradigms in Criminological Theory

  • Assess the usefulness and limitations of crime data and the relationship of such data to theory formation in criminology.
  • Compare various methods used to collect and disseminate crime data.

The Importance of Theory in Criminology

  • Create a personal criminological theory that synthesizes existing theories.
  • Summarize criminological research in theory development.

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