Causes of Crime


The field of criminology and its most basic concepts: the definition of crime, the component areas of criminology, the history of criminology, criminological research methods, and the ethical issues that confront the field. The nature, extent, and patterns of crime, including victimization. Evaluation of crimino-logical theories, including: biological, psychological, sociological, and cultural deviance theories; criminal behavior including violent crime, property crime, white-collar and organized crime, public order crimes, sex offenses, and substance abuse; the justice process, including police, courts, and corrections; the policy implications of crimino-logical research. One course.

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