Criminal Justice-COAS | Theories of Crime and Deviance
P200 | 1729 | Lawler


Crime continually attracts our attention whether we are watching TV,
listening to music, talking to friends, or driving to school/work.
As a result, questions regarding the definition, causes, trends,
perpetrators, victims, and solutions to crime are continuously being
asked by researchers, criminal justice organizations, and concerned
citizens.  This course is an introduction to the many theories
concerning crime and deviance.  The course will begin with a
discussion of how definitions of crime are formed and why we have
varying definitions depending on who is interviewed.  The course
will then discuss the trends in crime concerning race, age, and
gender.  We will begin our examination of the many theories of why
and who commits crime by examining the earliest two theories
concerning the causes and preventions of crime which served as the
basis of current explanations.  The remainder, and vast majority, of
the course will then concentrate on specific theories of crime and
deviance developed by psychologists, sociologists, and
criminologists.  Such theories include, but are not limited to,
psychological and biological, strain and cultural deviance,
subculture, social control, conflict, and environmental theories.
By the end of the course students will understand these theories as
well as the differences between them.

Class meeting:  11:30-12:20, Daily

Instructor:  Melissa Lawler, criminal justice department