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2024-2025 College Catalog 
2024-2025 College Catalog

AJS 225 - Criminology

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods
Survey of the nature, extent and control of crime and delinquency. Includes comparison of theoretical and practical approaches to causation, prevention, punishment and treatment, and current problems.

Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - SBS; Meets CTE - SBS.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Evaluate specific criminological theories as applied to crime.
  2. Generalize social interpretation and theory pertaining to the commission of crime.
  3. Write reports, case briefs, policy papers and/or problem-solving papers; demonstrating mastery of English grammar, spelling, syntax and composition. Competency 1.1
  4. Confidently and professionally, present yourself in front of a class in a teaching/training capacity. Competency 1.3
  5. Articulate the impact of criminal justice professional’s actions and the effect that crime has on society. Competency 4.2

  1. Criminology, Crime and Criminal Law
  2. Measuring Crime and Criminal Behavior
  3. The Early Schools of Criminology and Modern Counterparts
  4. Social Structural Theories
  5. Social Process Theories
  6. Critical Theories
    1. Marxist
    2. Conflict
    3. Feminist
  7. Psychosocial Theories: Individual Traits and Criminal Behavior
  8. Biosocial Approaches
  9. Developmental Theories: from Delinquency to Crime to Desistance
  10. Altered Minds and Crime
    1. Drugs
    2. Alcohol
    3. Mental illness
  11. Crimes of Violence
  12. Serial, Mass, and Spree Murder
  13. Terrorism and Terrorists
  14. Property and Public Order Crime
  15. White Collar and Organized Crime
  16. Victimology: Exploring the Experience of Victimization

Effective Term:
Spring 2016