Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

ADJ 240 - Criminology

Course Description

An examination of the field of criminology, including classical and contemporary theories, nature and causes of crime and criminal behavior. Patterns of criminal behavior, including property crimes, violent crimes, organized crime, white-collar crime, and victimless crime are discussed. A critical assessment of criminal justice system and its ability to respond to crime as a social problem is conducted.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Differentiate between the legal and non-legal definitions of crime and the criminal. Identify the various indices of crime in America.
Trace the historical evolution of law and crime in western societies from a private to a public concern.
Explain the major theories of crime causation.
Identify the components, roles and functions of the criminal justice system in terms of the sociology of law and the administration of justice.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: ADJ 241