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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.

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

Course details:

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

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    Classical and Neoclassical Thought

    • Identify causal factors of criminality according to biological theorists.
    • Identify the central principles of the psychological and psychiatric perspectives of crime.
    • Explain the major theoretical principles of classical versus neoclassical criminology.
    • Evaluate policy implications inherent with the classical and neoclassical schools of thought.

    Social Structure Theories and Social Process Theories

    • Describe the primary theoretical principles associated with sociological perspectives of crime.
    • Examine a past or current event to assess policy implications according to a select sociological principle, social structure, and social process theories.

    Types of Crime

    • Distinguish between various types of contemporary criminal offenses, including any motivational factors of the offender.
    • Evaluate causal factors associated with contemporary criminal offenses.
    • Analyze social policy, budgetary, and political implications associated with contemporary criminal offenses.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of law enforcement in addressing contemporary criminal offenses.

    The High-Tech Offender

    • Evaluate the correlation between evolving technologies and evolving criminal behaviors.
    • Analyze the social, political, legal issues with contemporary crimes.
    • Evaluate the role of globalization as it relates to international policy making.
    • Critique the projected crime control policies of the future, including potential implications as they relate to transnational crimes.

    What is Criminology?

    • Explain the purpose of criminology and the functions of criminologists.
    • Determine how criminological research dictates social policy as it relates to crime control.
    • Identify the four primary definitional perspectives of crime according to criminological thought.
    • Review sources of crime data and their application in crime control.
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