Criminology | Contents

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Section 1:  What is Theory?

Section 1  Learning Resources

Section 2:  Western Political Philosophy

Section 2 Learning Resources

Section 3:  Classical Criminology

Section 3 Learning Resources

Section 4:  Biological Theories of Crime

Section 4 Learning Resources

Section 5:  Psychological Theories of Crime

Section 5 Learning Resources

Section 6:  Sociological Theories of Crime

Section 6 Learning Resources

Section 7: Crime Science

Section 7 Learning Resources

Section 8: Victimology

Section 8 Learning Resources

Course Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

When you complete this course, you should be able to: 

  • SLO 1: Analyze the fundamental principles and classifications of criminological theories, including classical, positivist, and contemporary approaches, to understand criminal behavior’s multifaceted nature (Section 1).
  • SLO 2: Examine the impact of legal systems and theories on criminal justice practices, reflecting on the evolution of legal thought and its application in contemporary legal frameworks (Section 2).
  • SLO 3: Assess the contributions of biological and neuroscientific research to criminological theory, considering the ethical implications of incorporating this research into practice (Section 3).
  • SLO 4: Evaluate the influence of psychological factors, including personality disorders and mental health issues, on criminal behavior and the criminal justice system’s response (Section 4).
  • SLO 5: Discuss the significance of social structure and environmental factors in influencing criminal behavior, applying integrated criminological theories to societal issues (Section 6).
  • SLO 6: Explore the role of the victim in the criminal justice system, analyzing patterns of victimization and the impact of societal attitudes towards victims (Section 8).
  • SLO 7: Apply theories of victimization, including Lifestyle-Exposure Theory and Routine Activities Theory, to develop strategies for prevention and victim support (Section 8).
  • SLO 8: Understand the dynamics of crime measurement, data analysis, and the importance of empirical research in developing effective crime prevention and intervention strategies (Section 5).
  • SLO 9: Investigate the influence of technological advancements and digital environments on criminal behavior and victimization, proposing solutions to cybercrime and online harassment (Section 7).
  • SLO 10: Synthesize knowledge from various criminological perspectives to propose comprehensive approaches for crime prevention, victim support, and criminal justice policy-making, emphasizing the need for interdisciplinary collaboration and ethical consideration (Sections 1-8).

*See the “Learning Resources” page for each section and subsection for more granular SLOs.

Modification History

File Created:  08/04/2018

Last Modified:  02/15/2024


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