CRJ 3316 Contemporary Criminology

The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge of the main theoretical accounts that explain the underlying causes of global criminal behavior utilizing mainstream contemporary crime theory. The course will highlight and explore the various contemporary theories of crime causation. Particularly, we will consider the challenges that are posed for contemporary criminology by the economic, cultural, and political transformations that have marked the 21st century social life. We will address the limitations of classical criminology and address worldwide contemporary issues in criminal justice using more recent (Post 1958) extensions of anomie, differential association, social control, social disorganization, deterrence, developmental and other theories.


3 Credits


Required: Take CRJ-1301 and 6 additional hours of criminal justice courses.