Course Summary
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12 -- 15 weeks (138 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 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:

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

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

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

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