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Criminal Justice 2231: Criminology

The word crime is seen in a magnifying glass.

3 Credit Hours

There is a growing demand for criminal justice professionals who understand the nature and causes of crime and antisocial behavior.  This course provides a brief overview of the nature of sciences in the field of criminology and the concomitant relationship of criminology to social policy.  It focuses on explanations provided through criminal topologies and criminological theories, using a variety of multidisciplinary perspectives.  Topics range from crime causation to the extent of crime, victimization, social and psychological theories, and the role criminology plays in both formulating and critiquing criminal justice policy related to violent, property, and public order offenses.

Those interested in the field of criminal justice or criminal justice professionals looking for career advancement or knowledge enhancement will benefit from understanding theories of crime causation. Additionally, it is also intended for adults seeking employment in various criminal justice environments (e.g., law enforcement, sheriff's departments, correctional facilities, security, or private investigation).

Criminology is one of several courses offered at College of DuPage to help you get started accomplishing your goals and a requisite part of any criminal justice transfer degree plan. In this particular course, students will examine the etiology of criminological thought, theories crime causation, and how public policy is affected by what we know and/or purport to know about offenders and offending behavior.

Students who register for this course should expect to spend from 9 - 12 hours a week working on their selected reading materials, course assignments and completing online discussions.

Prerequisites: None

For more information about this online course, contact the instructor.