This course is designed to provide the student with an in-depth knowledge of major criminological theories. Discussion will include (but not limited to): The structure of criminological theories The process of explaining crimes with theory Application of theory Schools of criminology Biological theories Psychiatric theories Psychological Perspectives Social-learning Societal-reaction Social-disorganization Culture-conflict Strain theory Social control Marxist Conflict Hybrid approach to criminology
The basic format of this course is discussion. Each student will be responsible for leading discussion and critical analysis of assigned readings. Depending upon class size, groups of individuals may be assigned to each topic. Classroom participation is imperative for the success of the active learning process. Therefore, each student must be prepared to discuss the theories presented. "Original works" will also be required reading for discussion and analysis.
Required Text Criminology: Applying Theory by Holman and Quinn
The student will be graded as follows: Classroom participation (including individual and/or group presentations) - 100 pts. each Final paper - 100 pts. each Each student will be expected to select a particular theory or perspective and critique that theory by reviewing previous research studies. The student is then to apply that theory to a recent case (not cited in the text). The paper should be between 15-20 typed pages (see APA Handout Guide for details). Attendance The student is expected to attend each class. After one absence, the student will be penalized 10 points from their participation grade. Perfect attendance will result in 10 points being added to the participation grade.