Course Number & Name:  CJI 136 Criminology

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites: Grade of “C” or better in CJI 101 or SOC 101 or PSY 101 or placement
Concurrent Courses:

Course Description:  This course examines the very causative explanations of the nature of crime and criminal behavior and society’s reaction to criminal and correctional institutions.  Major theories of criminal behavior and current issues of crime prevention and control are also covered.  The course explores criminal justice issues, examining the explanations for delinquent and criminal behavior, using various multimedia platforms.  Special topics such as the motivations of terrorists, serial killers, pedophiles, and assassins are also explored.

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. identify and discuss the causes of crime and deviance in society and society’s responses to criminal and deviant behavior;
  2. discuss the impact of societal and legal changes on crime causation;
  3. discuss the role of criminology theory in the development of policing and correctional policy-making decisions and the function of behavioral research in the formulation of laws and regulations;
  4. describe and explain various theories of criminology, including identifying the leading theorist within each school, and the points where these theories intersect;
  5. discuss the various classical and contemporary theories of youth gang behavior;
  6. describe the various theories of victimology;
  7. explain the various research methods employed by a criminologist;
  8. demonstrate critical thinking skills within the context of evaluating the complexity of criminal justice issues; and
  9. communicate effectively with accurate ‘criminal justice’ terminology in written and/or oral form.


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