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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.

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Course details:

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

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    Theories of Criminal Behavior: Sociological Perspective

    • Distinguish between social structure, social process, social conflict & social control theories of crime.
    • Assess policy implications of sociological theories of crime causation.
    • Identify major theoretical principles associated with a sociological perspective of crime.

    Types of Crime

    • Describe the nature and types of common property crimes.
    • Describe the nature and types of common types of violent (personal) crimes.
    • Evaluate the implications of drug abuse and drug-related crimes in contemporary American society.
    • Describe organized crime.
    • Distinguish between motivational factors of the offender in personal versus property crimes.
    • Analyze social policy associated with regulation of public order crimes.

    Cybercrime, Terrorism & the Future Directions for Criminology

    • Describe cybercrimes and policy implications for combatting these crimes.
    • Evaluate the correlation between evolving technologies and evolving criminal behaviors.
    • Define terrorism and its relationship to cyber-, political, and organized crime.
    • Evaluate the role of globalization as it relates to crime control policies.
    • Analyze potential future crime policies for the future, as relates to civil liberties and evolving technologies.

    Crime & Criminology

    • Define crime, criminality and criminal justice.
    • Differentiate between deviance and criminality.
    • Analyze the purpose of criminology and its impact on the criminal justice system and social control.
    • Analyze how crime is measured and its impact on criminal justice.
    • Explain the major contemporary sources of crime data and their limitations.
    • Explain the issues related to victims and victimization.

    Theories of Criminal Behavior: Classical & Positivist Perspectives

    • Identify the major principles of the Classical and Neoclassical Perspective on crime.
    • Identify the major principles of the Positivist Perspective on crime.
    • Evaluate policy implications with Classical/Neoclassical and Positivist Perspectives.
    • Describe common theories of crime causation from the physical and biological perspectives.
    • Describe common theories of crime causation from the psychological perspectives.
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