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CR 350 Introduction to Criminology

Learn the dynamics of criminal behavior and its consequences.

Format: Online and/or Classroom

Duration: 8 weeks

Credits: 3 credits

As the world becomes more complex, crime continues to rise. Why crime happens and how it can be prevented is the focus of criminology. In CR 350 Introduction to Criminology, you’ll examine a variety of theories and practices that will help you identify the many aspects of criminal behavior and how to control or prevent its outcomes.

You will use a variety of assessment methods to demonstrate course competencies. These assessment methods may include, but are not limited to: written assignments, oral presentations, research papers, quizzes, service learning projects and class participation.

What You’ll Learn in CR 350

In this course, you’ll analyze social, political and economic forces that shape the nature, extent and definitions of crime. This will include corporate and government crime; the relationship of racism, sexism and drugs with crime; and imprisonment.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Criminology and the Sociological Perspective
  • The Criminal Justice System
  • Explaining Crime: Individual, Social Structure and Social Process
  • Violent Crime
  • Victimology: Women, Children and Crime
  • Organized Crime and White Collar Crime
  • The Measurement and Pattering of Criminal Behavior; the Media and Crime
  • Crime Prevention

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of CR 350, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the basic concepts of criminology and how they relate to society.
  • Evaluate the different ways countries report and respond to crime.
  • Examine the impact of crime on individuals and societies.
  • Identify individuals' responsibilities in responding to and reducing crime.

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*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.

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