How could somebody commit such an unspeakable act, or how could someone who seemingly has everything throw it all away doing something illegal? Does a person’s environment increase the likelihood of becoming a criminal or is criminality an inherited trait? Criminology will explore the reasons why people commit crimes.
This course first will examine why laws were created and how they evolve over time in response to society’s needs. Then, the focus will move to the theoretical perspectives of criminal behavior, including biological, psychological and sociological theories. Students will delve into the minds of serial killers, thieves, drug dealers, and even corporate criminals while examining notable and notorious criminals. Finally, the class will explore the treatment of criminals by the correctional system. Students will be asked to design a policy statement for crime prevention and treatment programs for criminals.
- 3 main types of crime
- Prevalence of crime
- Connection between drugs and crime
- Indicators of dangerousness
- Predicting criminal behavior
- Competency standards