Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

CRJ 270: Introduction to Criminology

General Information

  • Name: Introduction to Criminology
  • Discipline: Criminal Justice (CRJ)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Career and Technical Education

Prerequisites and Recommended Courses

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Examines how society interacts with crime and delinquency through the use of the criminal justice system. Studies effective interaction and communication between the general public and members of the criminal justice system. Emphasizes the understanding of criminal behavior from a sociological and psychological perspective.

II: Course Objectives

  • Determine the necessity of studying crime
  • Discuss the history of criminology
  • Assess criminology and the criminal law
  • Describe the normative system of the law
  • Assess criminal intent
  • Categorize public and private wrongs
  • Appraise crime in America; the official picture
  • Discuss the social correlates of crimes
  • Describe the chronic offender
  • Assess family violence
  • Discuss conventional crimes of violence
  • Evaluate vehicle homicide and drunk driving
  • Appraise victimless crimes
  • Discuss sex offenses
  • Discuss abortion
  • Discuss white collar crime
  • Assess government crime
  • Discuss the different theories of crime
  • Explain conformity
  • Assess social reactions and social change
  • Discuss the rationale of punishment

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

The General Education Mission is to provide students with a core foundation of critical life skills with which to improve their lives. This course addresses the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Mission by ensuring that successful students:

  • Are able to demonstrate college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can engage in meaningful self assessments and work effectively with others.
  • Utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Have knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
  • Develop and improve their creative abilities.
  • Appreciate the value and importance of diversity, ethics, and public service.


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