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Course Descriptions

SOC 203 - Criminology

3 Credits

The course emphasizes the historical and contemporary theories of crime causation. Problems involving attempts to develop a scientific and objective approach to the phenomena of crime are analyzed. Issues such as the role of law, the political and economic institutions and the social structure which generate crime are investigated.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or SOC 102

Learning Attributes: WR

New SUNY General Education: SUNY - Social Sciences

Retiring SUNY General Education: SUNY-SS - Social Sciences (SSCS)

MCC General Education: MCC-CT - Critical Thinking (MCT), MCC-SCI - Scientific Reasoning (MSCI), MCC-SSD - Social Science and Diversity (MSSD)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Apply introductory sociological concepts and theories to their learning of crime causation, deviance, victimization and the social responses to those behaviors.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the various microlevel and macrolevel theories of crime causation.
3. Evaluate the methodologies and issues surrounding the scientific measurement of crime.
4. Analyze the rule of law and the larger social structures that generate crime and other types of social inequalities within a sociological perspective.

Course Offered Fall, Spring

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Fall Semester 2023