CRJ 245 - Criminology (WE)
A study of the general field of criminology considering the general theories of crime causation and the impact crime has on society. Policy implications related to prevention, treatment of victims, and legal intervention are reviewed.
Prerequisite: ENG 110 College Writing I
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Explain what criminology is.
2. Explain the differnece between criminology and criminal justice and explain the relationship between the two.
3. Distinguish the different models used for research in criminology.
4. Explain the major sources and origins of criminal law.
5. Give a legal definition of crime.
6. Identify the various sources of crime statistics used in the United States and explain the strengths and weaknesses of each.
7. Describe the factors relating to victimization and the role of ecological, household and victim demographic characteristics.
8. Explain the difference between classical criminology and positive criminology.
9. Compare and constrast biosocial and psychological theories of crime causation.
10. Explain the link between intelligence and crime.
11. Discuss the three branches of social structure theory.
12. Identify the major social process theories.
13. Explain the basic elements of social conflict theory.
14. Identify characteristics of serial killers and mass murderers and explain differences between these two classes of killers.
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