cpss240 | undergraduate

Foundations Of Criminal Behavior

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This course highlights the causes of criminal behavior and the theoretical interpretations of such behavior. Students are introduced to criminological methods of inquiry and review several different classifications of crime. Students also consider the public policy implications of various approaches to criminology.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Crime and Criminology

    • Analyze the purpose of criminology and its impact on the criminal justice system and social control.
    • Explain the issues related to victims and victimization.
    • Define crime, criminality, and criminal justice. Explain the issues related to victims and victimization.
    • Differentiate between deviance and criminality.

    Theories of Criminal Behavior: Psychological Perspective

    • Describe the theory of rational choice.
    • Describe different trait theories.
    • Describe common theories of crime causation from the physical and biological perspectives.
    • Describe common theories of crime from the psychological perspectives.

    : Theories of Criminal Behavior: Sociological Perspective

    • Identify major theoretical principles associated with a sociological perspective of crime.
    • Identify major theoretical principles associated with a sociological perspective of crime.
    • Assess policy implications of sociological theories of crime causation.

    Crime and Violence

    • Describe the causes of violence
    • Describe types of crimes.
    • Distinguish between motivational factors of the offender in personal versus property crimes.
    • Analyze social policy associated with regulation of public order crimes.

    Critical Criminology, Restorative Justice, and Alternative Perspectives

    • Define critical criminology.
    • Define restorative justice.
    • Explain peacemaking criminology
    • Evaluate the role of globalization as it relates to crime control policies.
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