Theories of Criminal Behavior

Theories of Criminal Behavior

  1. Module Title: Theories of Criminal Behavior
  2. Module Prefix/Number: CRJ 415
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: This course will explore major theories within the field of criminology in order to define and explain major types of criminal behavior. Students will gain an understanding of
    the different theoretical paradigms in relation to their use by the police, courts and
    corrections. This course will also review some contemporary issues and future
    directions which criminal justice practitioners are currently exploring.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Examine the major theories of criminal behavior.
    • Define major types of criminal behavior and apply theory to explain the behavior
    • Describe how the police, courts and corrections use different theoretical paradigms in their operations
    • Analyze some of the contemporary issues and problems confronting justice practitioners, and how they use theory to address these issues and problems.
    • Identify future directions of criminological theory.
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

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