Introduction to Criminology

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Course Description:
This course provides a survey of deviant behavior as related to the concept and definition of crime, the concept and purposes of the law, the measurement and causes of crimes and of societal reactions to criminal behavior, from historical through contemporary periods. Oral presentations by each student are required.


Course Details


Lynn Wimberly

Virginia "Ginger" Hicks

Terri Whitehead



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Schmalleger, Frank J. Criminology (LooseLeaf). 5th Edition. Pearson, 2020. Print. ISBN: 9780135209295


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-01.0 Discuss the Criminal Justice System.

SS-02.0 Describe and discuss the principles of Criminology.

SS-04.0 Describe and discuss Juvenile Delinquency.

SS-06.0 Describe and discuss the field of Law Enforcement.

SS-12.0 Demonstrate oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

SS-13.0 Demonstrate basic computer skills and competency in common software applications.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Define the primary components of criminal justice and their primary responsibilities.

Analyze the criminal justice systems through the processes of detention, apprehension, prosecution and corrections.

Define juvenile delinquency.

Compare and contrast the various types of patrol techniques.




SS-06.05, SS-12.0, SS-13.0

Tests, Reports/Presentations


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  1. Read all assigned materials
  2. Attend and participate in class discussions
  3. Complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures
  4. All courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations, and or classroom discussions. Note: Online and Distance Learning courses will not contain the oral component
  5. Assignment Schedule: lecture, discussion, handouts, audio visual, examinations



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