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Course Description

An introduction to major types of criminal behavior, characteristics of offenders, factors which contribute to crime and delinquency; the criminal justice process: the function of law enforcement, the courts, probation, parole and institutions; changes in crime control and treatment processes, the role of society. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the overview and description of the various components in the criminology and sociological perspectives.
  • Define and utilize the various psychological and sociological crime theories, including Classical School of Criminology and Rational choice.
  • Describe the general nature and composition of the special-needs offender population to include mentally ill ofenders, sex offenders, gang members, and drug/alcohol dependent offenders.
  • Examine violent crime with emphasis on homicide, robbery, assaults and various other crimes.
  • Examine the various components of the criminal justice system.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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