SOC 2400 - Criminology
This course examines the study of the biological, sociological and psychological theories of the causes of criminal behavior. It differentiates the practice of criminal justice from the practice of criminology. The causes of crimes against persons, crimes against property, organized crime, white-collar crime, drug crime, cybercrime, and terrorism are examined. Victimology and the social consequences of victimization are discussed. Crime control strategies based upon theoretical causes are developed.
Instructional Method Lecture
General Education Requirement: Social & Behavioral Sciences
Comments: This course does not meet UW’s Human Culture requirement unless transferred as part of an Associate degree.
Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of CRMJ 2400/SOC 2400 Criminology, the student will:
- Differentiate between criminal justice and criminology.
- Analyze the biological theories of the causes of crime.
- Analyze the sociological theories of the causes of crime.
- Analyze the psychological theories of the causes of crime.
- Compare crime control approaches in society.
- Apply crime theories to the study of individual criminal profiles.
- Develop crime control strategies to counter criminal behavior.
- Identify the social consequences of victimization.
- Discuss victimology and how it can be used to prevent crime.
Criminal Justice AA
PO#5 Analyze the major theories of crime causation to include biological, sociological, psychological, and life course perspectives of criminality.
Social Science AA
PO# 4 Summarize the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and historical trends in anthropology or sociology.
PO#5 Assess the functionality of societies both present and past.
Cross-listed: CRMJ 2400 Criminology
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