||Meets MnTC Goal Areas 2 and 5. This course will provide a thorough overview of the field of criminology: the study of the theories which attempt to define and explain crime, criminal behavior and society's reactions to crime, including a focus on juvenile delinquency, the judicatory process and penology.
- Gather factual information about trends in criminology and present it in a comprehensive manner.
- Examine alternative or competing explanations regarding the nature and frequency of criminology.
- Investigate the logical connections among the facts, goals, and implicit assumptions relevant to the issue of criminology.
- Recognize various policy decisions and their effects on the issue of criminology.
- Measure the correlates of criminological behavior.
- Employ the methods and data that criminologists use to understand criminal behavior.
- Apply knowledge of the effects of social institutions from a historical context on the issue of criminal behavior.
- Discuss alternative explanations or solutions in contemporary criminology.
- Analyze current and historical concepts in criminological theory.
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