CRJC 530 - Criminological Theory II: Critical Criminology
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
This course begins with a review of the history and application of criminological thought, which provides a foundation for continued analysis of the assumptions, elements, and policy implications of theories of crime and criminal justice. We begin our deeper analysis of theories where the first theory seminar left off, with the third major paradigm in criminological theory: Critical Criminology. We explore theories of crime and criminal justice that are found in public discourse and critique the criminological theories to which these everyday perspectives are linked. We consider whether existing research provides support for specific theories and we examine the criminal justice policies associated with different criminological theories. Students are guided in the process of formulating their own research questions and policy proposals from the criminological theories that they find most compelling.
Prerequisite: CRJC 520
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