Criminal Justice-COAS | Theories of Crime and Deviance
P200 | 1881 | Tillotson
Few things capture our imagination and touch our lives like criminal
events. We are bombarded by tales of violent crime on television,
through the radio, and over the internet. Most of us have some
experience with crime, either personally or through acquaintances.
Such exposure always leaves us asking, “Why?”
The main objective of this course is to provide a broad overview to
the study of the crime and its causes. First we will look at
different approaches to defining, conceptualizing, and measuring
crime. We will look at crime’s distribution in society by age,
gender, and race, along with recent trends in criminal offending and
victimization. Forming the basis for remainder of the course, we
will then look at the positivist and classical perspectives from
which much of Criminological theory has evolved. This will be
followed by an examination of specific theories from sociological,
cultural, structural, and developmental perspectives.
While this is a required course for all criminal justice majors, it
also fulfills distribution requirements for other schools in the
College of Arts & Sciences.
Class Meeting: 11:30-12:30 a.m., Monday-Friday, Ballantine 005
Instructor: Stephen Tillotson, criminal justice department