A scientific study of crime and its control, including indexes, rates and theories of crime and delinquency, courts, prison and parole. Specifically, the course covers topics on crime theory, typologies, crime rates and indexes of crime, including victims and victimization. This course is further designed to dispel crime myths and to provide and instill students with a well-informed and critical understanding of crime as a social phenomenon with historical underpinnings within the evolving context of society and knowledge. Beyond criminology’s evolutionary considerations and in keeping with socially relevant and policy-oriented perspectives, analysis and discussion regarding crime causation, strategies and purposes of crime measurement, new and future trends in crime and crime control, and the operation of the criminal justice system will be examined. Consideration will be given to the influence of race, gender, social class and other factors in criminal behavior whenever possible.
- Teacher: Francis Williams