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This course provides a comprehensive overview of criminological theory. As such the course covers
rational choice, biological, psychological, sociological, and critical perspectives on
criminology. Much thanks should be given to all those students who have assisted in creating the
on-line version of this course. In particular, Professor Ted Chiricos
contributed significantly to this course.
1. To understand the use of the scientific method in the construction of theory.
Students will develop skills to critique theories from a scientific perspective.
2. To comprehend the significance of social, historical, and political
factors as related
to the emergence, popularity, and rejection of theories. Students will be expected to
analyze theories in light of these factors.
3. To understand in what ways contemporary theories are being employed
within the criminal justice system. The class will focus on the implications of various
theories for policy.
4. To understand that criminological theory has included both competing
perspectives and integrated models. Students will assess the utility of each approach.