How can a person commit unspeakable criminal acts? How can someone who seemingly has everything throw it all away by doing something illegal? Criminology will explore these questions, and many others, in a semester-long exploration into the reasons why people commit crimes.
This course begins with an examination of why laws were created and how they evolve over time in response to society’s needs. Then the focus moves to the theoretical perspectives of criminal behavior including biological, psychological and sociological theories. Students will delve into the minds of serial killers, thieves, drug dealers, and even corporate criminals while examining notable and notorious criminals. Finally, the class will explore the treatment of criminals by the correctional system. Students will be asked to design a policy statement for crime prevention and treatment programs for criminals.
Some of the issues we will discuss include:
>> Three Main Types of Crime
>> The Prevalence of Crime
>> The Connection Between Drugs and Crime
>> Indicators of Dangerousness
>> Predicting Criminal Behavior
Disclaimer: Given the subject matter of Criminology, some of the content is violent and graphic in nature.
Students must be mature enough to handle subject matter that is violent and gruesome in nature.
- Describe the goals of laws and why laws define criminal behavior.
- Identify different types of crimes.
- Identify the elements of crime and defenses to crime.
- Examine competencies required for the legal process.
- Examine the main biological, psychological and sociological theories of crime.
- Apply theoretical principles of criminology to case studies.
- Analyze the different types of correctional programs.
- Create a policy statement for crime prevention and correctional programs for offenders consistent with personal beliefs about the causes of criminal behavior.
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