Sep 25, 2023  
2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog
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AJS 250 - Criminal Justice Crime Control Policies and Practices

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Focus on changing the distribution of crime opportunities rather than offender motivation. Topics include application of situational crime prevention strategies, problem-oriented crime control approaches, and crime prevention through defensible space.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify major crime prevention/environmental theories.
  2. Describe the four stages in the Scanning, Analysis, Response and Assessment (SARA) Model.
  3. Explain the uneven distributions of crime in American society.
  4. Use environmental design theory to design crime control strategies.
  5. Discuss the major criticisms and ethical concerns as well as likely effectiveness relating to crime prevention.

  1. Introduction to Environmental Criminology 
    1. Focusing on criminal events 
    2. Problem-oriented policing
    3. Crime opportunities 
    4. Crime hot spots 
  2. Problem Identification 
    1. The Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment(SARA) Model
    2. Data collection 
    3. Crime opportunity structures 
    4. The rational choice perspective 
  3. Situational Crime Prevention 
    1. Routine activities
    2. Types of controllers 
    3. Crime pattern theory
    4. Offender targets 
  4. Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    1. Defensible space 
    2. Offender adaptation 
    3. Crime displacement 
  5. Criticisms of Environmental Criminology
    1. Crime mapping 
    2. Challenges

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2019/20

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