Criminology Online Single Semester

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In the modern world, many citizens share a concern about criminal behaviors and intent. This course introduces students to the field of criminology, the study of crime. Students look at possible explanations for crime from psychological, biological, and sociological perspectives; explore the categories and social consequences of crime; and investigate how the criminal justice system handles criminals and their misdeeds. The course explores some key questions: Why do some individuals commit crimes while others do not? What aspects of culture and society promote crime? Why are different punishments given for the same crime? What factors—from arrest to punishment—help shape the criminal case process?

Unit 1: The World of Criminology

Unit 2: Biological and Psychological Theories of Crime

Unit 3: Labeling, Conflict, Environmental, and Radical Theories

Unit 4: Violent Crimes and Crimes against Property

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Unit 5: White-Collar, Corporate and Public Order Crimes

Unit 6: Criminal Case Process

Unit 7: Enforcing the Law and the Nature of Courts

Unit 8: Overview of Punishment and Corrections

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