SOC 236 Syllabus


Division: Arts and Sciences Date: February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: ADJ All Specializations


Course Number and Title: SOC 236, Criminology


Credit Hours: 3 Hours/Wk Lecture: 3 Hours/Wk Lab: Lec/Lab Comb:



I.              Catalog Description: Studies research and causal theories of criminal behavior. Examines crime statistics, crime victims, and types of criminal offenses. Introduces role of police, judicial and correctional system in treatment and punishment of offenders. Is also approved for ADJ Criminology. Prerequisite: SOC 201. Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:


This course promotes an understanding of criminal behavior in a social context. It is required in all ADJ specializations and may function as a liberal arts elective.


III.           Required background:


Non developmental placement in Reading and Writing is preferred. ENF 1 is a corequisite.


IV.          Course Content:

A.               Crime and Criminology

B.               The Nature and Extent of Crime

C.               Victims and Victimization

D.               Choice Theory

E.               Trait Theories

F.                Social Structure Theories

G.               Social Process Theories

H.               Conflict Theory

I.                  Integrated Theories

J.                Types of Crime

K.               Crime and the Justice System


V. Learner Outcomes


The student will:


VI. Evaluation

A.   Gain an understanding of crime as a social and cultural phenomena

B.   Be able to define and explain major crime categories

C.   Understand the collection and use of crime data

D.   Understand the possible causes of crime from the perspective of multiple theories of crime

E.   Be able to explain the judicial response to crime and the consequences of punishment or criminal behavior

Students will be evaluated using some combination of quizzes, tests, essays, papers, and other projects defined by faculty.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Scientific Reasoning