Gender Equality and Social Justice - Introduction to Criminological Theory

CRJS 2086  Introduction to Criminological Theory


SOCI 1016


SOCI 2086


Three hours of lecture per week for one term.




Students study the major criminological theories of crime and criminal behaviour. The early history of the discipline of criminology and the classical criminological theories are examined, including the work of Beccaria, Lombroso and the Chicago school. Contemporary criminological theories are examined in depth, including Rational Choice, Trait, Social Structure, Socialization, Social Conflict and Integrated Theories. Criminological theories studied in class are applied to the explanation of different types of crime and criminal behaviour, including violent, property, white collar, organized, public order and terrorism. This course may be credited towards Sociology.

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