Criminal Justice 1325 – Criminology

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Lecture—Current theories and empirical research pertaining to crime and criminal behavior and its causes, methods of prevention, systems of punishment and rehabilitation.
    2. Any required prerequisites:  Need a C or higher in CJIR 1301 or be enrolled in CJRI 1301 simultaneously.
    3. Required grade for enrolling in the next course in this sequence: None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes:
    1. Lecture
      1. Identify and explain the various theories of causation of criminal behavior.
      2. Identify and appraise the avenue of prevention.
      3. Outline the various research methods/methodology used in criminological research.
      4. Identify the categories and sources of criminological data utilized in interpreting crime trends.
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. Campus
      1. Students are not allowed to use their book or notes of any kind while taking their proctored tests and exams.
    2. Online
      1. The midterm and final exam must be proctored by an approved testing organization. (Ask your instructor for more details.)
      2. Students are not allowed to use their book or notes of any kind while taking their proctored tests and exams.
  4. Course Requirements
    1. Campus/Online
      1. Lecture: homework assignments; weekly quizzes; midterm and final exam
      2. Quizzes and exams are timed.
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Book: Criminology: A Sociological Understanding. 6th Edition Barkan. 2015. Pearson Prentice Hall. (ISBN: 9780133458992)
    2. Recommended: Quick Study Academic: Criminology. Pittaro, Michael. (ISBN: 978-142321423-6)
  6. Grading Breakdown:
    1. Campus/Online

    Lecture Homework                  25%
    Lecture Exams                         25%
    Lecture Midterm                      25%
    Lecture Final Exam                 25%

    1. A final semester grade will be based as follows:

    A = 89.5% and above
    B = 79.5 – 89.49
    C = 69.5 – 79.49
    D = 59.5 – 69.49
    F = 59.49% and below
    I = Incomplete (failure to complete the requirements of the course)

  7. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
  8. Course Content
Chapter 1

Criminology and the Social Perspective

Chapter 2

Public opinion, the News Media, and Crime Problem

Chapter 3

The Measurement and Patterning of Criminal Behavior

Chapter 4

Victims and Victimization

Chapter 5

Classical and Neoclassical Perspectives

Chapter 6

Biological and Psychological Explications

Chapter 7

Sociological Theories: Emphasis on Social Structure

Chapter 8

Sociological Theories: Emphasis on Social Process

Chapter 9

Sociological Theories: Critical Perspectives

Chapter 10

Violent Crime: Homicide, Assault, and Robbery

Chapter 11

Violence against Women

Chapter 12

Property Crime and Fraud

Chapter 13

White-collar and organized crime

Chapter 14

Political Crime

Chapter 15

Consensual Crime

Chapter 16

Policing: Dilemmas of Crime Control in a Democratic Society

Chapter 17

Prosecution and Punishment

Chapter 18

Conclusion: How Can We Reduce Crime?


Last Modified/Reviewed: November 15, 2019