GISW CRIM 2025 Criminology -- 3 unit(s)

Introduction to the study of criminal behavior, with emphasis on social science approaches. Overview of types of crime, theories, methods and data used to study crime.

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Course syllabus
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UNI students: SOC 1000; sophomore standing
Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) distribution area
Students working toward their Bachelor of Liberal Studies may apply credit earned in this course to their degree. This Guided Independent Study course is applicable to the Social Sciences distribution area. Learn more about the BLS degree program.
Gayle Rhineberger-Dunn, Associate Professor

Barkan, S. Criminology: A Sociological Understanding. 2011/5th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. 9780132769051

Wright, R. & Decker, S. Armed Robbers in Action: Stickups and Street Culture. 1997. Boston, MA: Northeastern. 155553323X

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