2019-2020
SOC328: Criminological Theory

About This Course

This course will focus on examining sociological explanations of crime and how these theories relate to empirical evidence and social policy. We will begin by asking the question, “What is crime?” From there, we will look at how crime is measured and what general patterns emerge from previous surveys of criminal behavior. Next, we will dive into the heart of the course: investigation of the various explanations of crime and the implications these theories have for crime control policies and social change. Finally, we will conclude with a discussion about what the future holds for crime and social control in American society.

Course At A Glance

Credit Hours:

3

Department:

Sociology

Course Level:

Upper

Semesters Offered:

Odd Spring

Course Prerequisites

3 credit hours

SOC121: Introduction to Social and Criminal Justice

This course is an introduction to the philosophical and historical background of law enforcement agencies, processes, purposes, and functions. It includes an evaluation of law enforcement today, including current trends in social and criminal justice. This course provides an overview of crime and the criminal justice system: Police, Courts, and Correction.


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