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