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Fall 2021

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SOC115 - Crime and Delinquency

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Presents an interdisciplinary analysis of criminal and delinquent behavior in contemporary society. Familiarizes students with theories of causation and control, types of delinquency and criminality, and the basics of the criminal justice system. Examines the definition and measurement of crime, types of crime, theories of crime causation and social policy issues involving crime prevention. Prerequisite: SOC101.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Explain how the theoretical perspectives (functionalism/consensus model and/or conflict) frame criminal behavior.
2. Identify and describe the various schools of thought used throughout history to explain criminal behavior.
3. Compare and contrast the Uniform Crime Report and the National Crime Victimization Survey.
4. Differentiate the various theories of criminal behavior (biological and psychological perspectives, strain and culture deviance theories, subculture theories, social control theories, labeling, conflict, and radical theories, and crime, place and victimization theories).
5. Create a new social policy based upon a criminal behavior theory.
6. Critique the crime control models (justice, due process, rehabilitation and nonintervention).
7. Explain the manifest and latent functions of the criminal justice system within the United States.
8. Compare and contrast the major crime typologies: violent, property, white-collar, organized, and public order crimes.


Effective Term: Fall 2019