In today’s society, crime and deviant behavior are often one of the top concerns of society members. From the nightly news to personal experiences with victimization, crime seems to be all around us. In this course, we will explore the field of criminology or the study of crime. In doing so, we will look at possible explanations for crime from psychological, biological, and sociological standpoints, explore the various types of crime and their consequences for society, and investigate how crime and criminals are handled by the criminal justice system. Why do some individuals commit crimes but others don’t? What aspects of our culture and society promote crime and deviance? Why do individuals receive different punishments for the same crime? What factors shape the criminal case process, from arrest to punishment?
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Students will demonstrate an understanding of the field of criminology by explaining crime as a form of deviance, relating criminology to criminal intent, and describing criminology research and data collection methods.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of biological and psychological crime theories by explaining biological theories of crime and explaining psychological theories of crime.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of environmental and social crime theories by summarizing social structure, analyzing criminology theories of place and opportunity, and evaluating social learning theories of crime.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of crimes against people and property by explaining crimes against persons and explaining crimes against property.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of occupational and corporate crimes by differentiating occupational and corporate crimes, describing types of corporate crimes, and evaluating solutions for reducing organized crimes.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the criminal case process by explaining the goals of the criminal justice system and describing the stages of the criminal case process.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of enforcing the law by explaining law enforcement models, explaining roles in enforcing the law, and the use of the court system to enforce the law.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of punishment and corrections by differentiating institutional correctional facilities, describing norms and values that develop within prisons, and explaining alternative methods of punishment.