BCJ 501 Criminological Theory

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BCJ 501 Criminological Theory

3 Semester Units

Criminological Theory examines crime and criminological theory by taking a direct approach to the question of why people commit crimes. It begins with an overview of the key elements of the study of crime and criminology including law, public policy, research literature and the philosophical origins of crime theories. These theories are then broken down to their basic elements and causal processes in order to be explored.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Examine the key elements of crime and criminology as it pertains to law, public policy and the origins of crime theories.
  • Analyze criminological theories to determine their causal processes.
  • Evaluate the implications of each criminological theory as it applies to the administration of justice.
  • Predict the future of crime theory by examining whether or not new theories are needed.


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