Course Summary
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12 -- 15 weeks (71.5 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Criminology or Introduction to Criminology


The course objective is to introduce students to the study of crime and criminal behavior as well as to theories of crime causation. It reviews different types of crime and examines crime control policy.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to define terms related to the study of crime
  • Examine research and data collection methods used in criminology
  • Describe the basic concepts of biological theories of criminal behavior
  • Evaluate methods used to effectively deal with crimes
  • Analyze the concept of criminology
  • Examine theories and principles of criminology
  • Distinguish between various types of crimes
  • Analyze the relationship between drugs and crime
  • Assess laws and social policies that have been established to address crime in the United States
  • And examine the future of crime

General Course Topics:

  • The picture of crime
  • Patterns of crime
  • Theories of criminology
  • Biological theories of criminal behavior
  • Psychological theories of criminal behavior
  • Theories of social structure and process
  • Theories of social development and conflict
  • Crimes against persons
  • Crimes against property
  • Drug abuse and crime
  • Other types of crime
  • Social policy and the future
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

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