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CRJU 2410

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at http://www.gpc.edu/programs/Common-Course-Outlines.
Credit Hours 3
Course Title Criminology
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption of Learning Support reading or all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091.
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of Criminology.  The concepts of “crime” and “criminality” will be explored, with an emphasis on criminological theory.  Various explanations of criminal behavior will be explored and critically assessed by students.  Particular attention will be based on the historical contexts from which different crimes and explanations of crime come into being.  Students will learn to identify, articulate, and defend different theoretical positions and viewpoints.  The goal of this course is not to present one unified criminological theory but rather to expose students to a variety of thought concerning crime, criminality, and the criminal justice system.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course the student will be able to:

1. Gain awareness of basic criminological theory.
2. Understand the relevant issues of the criminal justice system
3. Learn different criminological theories and how crime and criminality are defined by various theoretical frameworks.
4. Understand practical applications of criminological theory in the courts, law enforcement, corrections, and research.
5. Discuss in an informed manner crime and various issues related to it.

General Education Outcomes
This course addresses the general education outcomes of identifying, analyzing, and evaluating social, political, historical forces and communicating effectively through  speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Course Content
1. Crime, Law, and Criminology
· Defining Crime
· Philosophies of Law
· Criminology and Criminal Justice
2. Measuring Crime
· The Extent of Crime
· Uniform Crime Reports
· Victim Surveys
3. Theory
· The Scientific Method
· Theory Defined
· Historical Context of Theory
4. The Classical School—Individual Level Theories
· Choice Theories
· Biological Positivism
· Social Learning Theory
5. Social Structural Theories
· Chicago School
· Social Disorganization
· Social Strain Theory
· Cultural Deviance Theory
6. Social Process Theories
· Historical Context
· Different Association
· Drift Theory
7. Control Theories
· Historical Context
· Social Control Theory
8. Labeling Theories
· Historical Context
· Labeling Theory
9. Conflicting/Radical Theory
· Historical Context
· Radical Theory
· Feminist Theory

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Tests, a written assignment and a final exam prepared by the instructor will be used to determine the course grade, along with any other assignments required by the instructor.  The final exam will include a 20-question multiple choice assessment instrument that will count for a least 20% of the grade on the final exam.  The assessment instrument will have questions that sample the material found in the above objectives.  It is expected that writing skills will be emphasized by the incorporation of a written assignment component in the course.

October 2002
Reviewed June 8, 2005

Last Revised: Aug. 05, 2011
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