Criminal Justice-COLL | Proseminar II
P502 | 26434 | Pridemore

The main objective of this course is to expose graduate students to
classical and contemporary theories of crime causation. We begin
with a review of the role of science in studying social phenomena
and with a discussion of theory construction. We then survey several
theories that attempt to explain crime, together with empirical
studies meant to test these theories. We will discuss and critique
this theoretical and empirical literature, paying close attention to
the historical, political, and empirical trends related to theory
development. General theories covered will include classical
biological and contemporary biosocial theories, classical and
contemporary rational choice theories, labeling theories, individual-
level theories of social learning and social control, structural
level theories associated with subcultures, strain, and social
disorganization, and life course and developmental theories.


R.L. Akers & C.S. Sellers. Criminological theories: Introduction,
Evaluation, and Application. Fifth Edition. Oxford University Press.
ISBN13: 9780195332520. ISBN10: 0195332520.

F.T. Cullen & R. Agnew. Criminological theory: Past to present.
Essential readings. Third edition. Oxford University Press. ISBN13:
9780195330618. ISBN10: 0195330617.

C.E. Kubrin, T.D. Stucky, & M.D. Krohn. Researching theories of
crime and deviance. Oxford University Press. ISBN13: 9780195340860.
ISBN10: 0195340868.

J.A. Davis. The logic of causal order. Sage Publications. ISBN:

Class meeting:  Monday, 5:45-8:15

Instructor:  Professor William Alex Pridemore, criminal justice