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Course level: Undergraduate
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.
- CJS/201 – Introduction to Criminal Justice or equivalent
What you'll learn
Course skills and outcomes
- Define crime, criminality, and criminal justice.
- Differentiate between deviance and criminality.
- Explain the role of evidence-based research in criminology
- Explain where crime statistics come from and how they are measured and used.
- Identify the major principles of the classical and neoclassical perspectives on crime.
- Identify the major principles of the positivist perspective on crime.
- Describe common theories of crime causation from the physical, biological, and psychological perspectives.
- Identify major theoretical principles associated with a sociological perspective of crime.
- Distinguish between social structure, social process, social conflict, and social control theories of crime.
- Assess policy implications of sociological theories of crime causation.
- Describe the nature and types of common property and violent personal crimes.
- Distinguish between motivational factors of the offender in crimes against persons versus property crimes.
- Evaluate the correlation between evolving technologies and evolving criminal behaviors.
- Evaluate the role of globalization as it relates to crime control policies.
- Analyze potential future crime policies as they relate to civil liberties and evolving technologies.