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Criminology And The Criminal Justice System

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This course identifies the theories of criminology and its influence on society from social, political, individual and theoretical perspectives. The course examines types of criminal activity and provides students with an understanding of the causes of criminal behavior and the societal response to crime. The course also identifies and discusses the various elements of the American criminal justice system and related current trends of social media and perceived disparages.

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

Course details:

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

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    Crime Prevention, Mitigation, and Enforcement

    • Describe the responsibilities of police agencies, the criminal courts, and the relationships between the Executive and Judicial branches of government related to crime and criminal prosecution.
    • Analyze punishment and deterrence within community corrections and institutions.
    • Assess the role of partnerships and collaboration in crime control.
    • Evaluate the impact and effectiveness of security measures in crime prevention and mitigation.
    • Analyze models for crime prevention programs.
    • Compare traditional and contemporary crime control measures.

    Crime and Criminology

    • Describe crime, criminal law, and criminology.
    • Identify basic crime and criminal offender typologies.
    • Analyze how crime impacts society.
    • Explain the issues related to victims and victimization.
    • Explain the role of Uniformed Crime Reporting (UCR), and the role UCR and data analysis have on better understanding criminal behavior.

    Theories of Criminal Behavior

    • Identify the rational choice theory.
    • Analyze the trait theories.
    • Describe the social structural theory.
    • Explain the social process theories.
    • Compare the developmental theories.

    Identifying and Mitigating Types of Crimes

    • Define the different types of crimes including violent, non-violent and social based crimes.
    • Describe the nature of criminal activity and the impact of criminal profiling.
    • Analyze the public’s perception on the use of less-lethal devices.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of measures designed to reduce criminal recidivism.

    Political, Organized, Cyber, and Consensual Crimes

    • Identify political and government influences on criminal laws and the ability to enforce them.
    • Describe organized crime and its current trends.
    • Define technological influences and its global impact on crime.
    • Analyze the impact of drug abuse and trafficking, human trafficking, and prostitution.
    • Define terrorism and how it differs from traditional crimes in terms of political and prosecutor relevance.
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