Dec 01, 2021  
2020-2021 Lane Community College Catalog 
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CJA 200 - Introduction to Criminology

4 Credit(s)

An introductory, interdisciplinary survey of the study of crime, criminal behavior, and the application of theory to crime prevention and offender treatment. Topics include the development of criminological thought; social and legal definitions and classifications of crime; social, cultural, psychological, biological, political, and economic theories of criminal behavior; the uses and limitations of empirical research methods to the study of crime; and the influence of criminological theory on public policy. Completion of WR 121 is strongly recommended.

Prerequisite: Completion of WR 121 /WR 121_H  is strongly recommended.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Describe the most influential philosophical and theoretical explanations of crime and delinquency.
  2. Explain how historical, political,and social forces influenced the development of criminological thought.
  3. Describe the major trends and patterns of crime in the United States and the primary methods used to measure and study crime and delinquency.
  4. Identify the demographics and social conditions associated with crime and delinquency.
  5. Assess the relevance and utility of specific criminological theories as applied to specificfonns of crime and delinquency.
  6. Critically evaluate criminal justice policies based on a knowledge and understanding of the causes and correlates of crime and delinquency.

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