CJ& 112 Introduction to Criminology • 5 Cr.
Surveys the study of crime, causation, and criminals. Topics include types and characteristics of offenders and criminal behaviors, recidivism, environmental influences, diagnostic methods, prediction, prevention, and social policy.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Define, recognize, and explain, key concepts related to the field of study called Criminology. For example, crime, criminology, deviance, conflict and consensus perspectives, criminal justice, and Criminal Justice System.
- Explain in writings and class assignments, the various methods of measuring crime. Including in their response the techniques of scientific methodology employed in each measure, the strengths and weakness characteristic of each measure, and the sociological, political, and economic usefulness of each measure.
- Recognize, distinguish and explain in writings and verbal exercises the principle theories that attempt to explain various criminal behavior patterns that exist in the United States.
- Demonstrate in writings and verbal exercises, their ability to compare and contrast the crime rate in the United States with that of other industrialized countries around the world.
- Demonstrate in writings their ability to analyze certain motion pictures in terms of the criminological theories portrayed in the story theme. In other words, their ability to utilize theory to explain criminal behavior as it is commonly viewed in the movies.
- Recognize and identify the authors of the principle theories that attempt to explain various criminal behavior patterns.
- Describe and articulate in writings and class discussions, the historical development of criminological theories as they occurred and progressed throughout the world.
- Demonstrate in class discussions their ability to critically analyze, compare and contrast the basic approach to the control of crime utilized in this country.