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Criminological Theory

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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 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    The Importance of Theory in Criminology

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

    Methods and Paradigms in Criminological Theory

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

    Classical and Positive Theories

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

    Social-Psychological and Sociological Theories I

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

    Social-Psychological and Sociological Theories II

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

    Genesis of the Field of Victimology

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

    Social Policy and Crime Prevention

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