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CJA 650 Advanced Criminological Theory

Lead Faculty: Dr. Ponzio Oliverio

Course Description

A seminar course that explores the important criminological theories. The course will evaluate and compare the following theories: Classical, Positivist, Trait, Social Disorganization, Differential Association, Strain, Control, Labeling, Radical Choice, Deterrence, and Feminist theories. The course will analyze each theory and its relevance to crime in 21st century America

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the various criminological theories
  • Assess each theory and appraise its relevance to crime in the 21st century
  • Classify and discriminate between the varied criminological theories
  • Evaluate and assess which criminological theory works best in the social context
  • Evaluate and assess the future of the use of criminological theories