This course has a sociological focus on how information is collected, so that students can explore and evaluate reasons why crime and delinquency occur. The course also explores evidence-based prevention strategies through policy development within the field of criminology. Topics covered in the course include the criminal justice system; existing research methods; how to measure crime; classical school thinking; positivism; theories influenced by functionalism; the role of symbolic interactionism in criminological theories; conflict theory-influenced philosophies from the past to the present; and the relationship between theory, research, and policy.
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