This course is designed to identify the theories of crime causation, behavioral systems in crime (organized white collar crime) and the nature and extent of crime. Emphasis will be given to law as social control, history and philosophy of punishment and contemporary correctional techniques.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Explain criminology and its purpose in society.
- Explore crime and the various methods of counting and measuring criminal behavior.
- Summarize the "basic" schools of criminology.
- Investigate the psychological and biological perspectives to criminal behavior.
- Compare strain and cultural deviance theories.
- Explain the function of subcultures and their relationship to delinquency.
- Explore various social control theories and their relationship to criminal behavior and delinquency.
- Compare labeling, conflict, radical and environmental theories of crime.
- Identify various violent crimes, property crimes, white-collar crimes, corporate crimes and public order crimes.
Currently no sections of this class are being offered.