OTH039: Criminology

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

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Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

In the modern world, many citizens share a concern about criminal behaviors and intent. This course introduces students to the field of criminology, the study of crime. Students look at possible explanations for crime from psychological, biological, and sociological perspectives; explore the categories and social consequences of crime; and investigate how the criminal justice system handles criminals and their misdeeds. The course explores some key questions: Why do some individuals commit crimes while others do not? What aspects of culture and society promote crime? Why are different punishments given for the same crime? What factors—from arrest to punishment—help shape the criminal case process?

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Course Length

One Semester

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Course Outline

Unit 1: The World of Criminology
Unit 2: Biological and Psychological Theories of Crime
Unit 3: Labeling, Conflict, Environmental, and Radical Theories
Unit 4: Violent Crimes and Crimes against Property Criminology Midterm Exam
Unit 5: White-Collar, Corporate and Public Order Crimes
Unit 6: Criminal Case Process
Unit 7: Enforcing the Law and the Nature of Courts
Unit 8: Overview of Punishment and Corrections


  • Learn what crime is and how it is related to deviance.
  • Discuss what criminology is and how it relates to other disciplines.
  • Investigate legitimate reasons why a crime might be excused.
  • Examine crime statistic sources and the issues with each.
  • Look at some of the research methods that criminologists use to study crime.
  • Learn about early biological explanations of crime such as phrenology.
  • Discuss chemical and hormonal theories of crime.
  • Look at psychoanalytic theories of crime.
  • Examine modeling and self-control theories.
  • Investigate the legal definitions of insanity and how psychological profiling is used to solve crimes.
  • Learn what social structure and social conditions are and how they relate to crime.
  • Examine how social transition and rapid change can result in crime.
  • Discuss how individuals may adapt to cultural goals in a way that leads to crime.
  • Investigate how physical conditions affect crimes.
  • Discuss the roles that inequality and power have in crime.
  • Learn about crimes against persons and crimes against property.
  • Understand the different legal categories of homicide.
  • Examine the different categories of thieves.
  • Investigate the cost of crimes like larceny.
  • Discuss the social conditions that factor into crimes such as burglary.
  • Identify the differences between occupational and corporate crimes.
  • Discuss the costs of white-collar and corporate crimes to society.
  • Examine different types of corporate crimes.
  • Discuss possible solutions for controlling organized crime.
  • Investigate the controversies over public order crimes and their enforcement.
  • Learn about the criminal justice system and what is included in the system.
  • Discuss how the criminal justice system had its beginnings.
  • Examine the goals of the criminal justice system.
  • Investigate the various stages of the criminal case process.
  • Look at how the juvenile criminal case process differs from the adult criminal case process.
  • Learn about the conflicting models toward crime and criminals in the criminal justice system.
  • Discuss the factors that influence law enforcement decisions.
  • Understand the U.S. court system, including state and federal courts.
  • Examine what occurs in a typical criminal trial.
  • Investigate the reasons for and against the death penalty and what research has shown about the death penalty.
  • Understand the different facilities used to hold and incarcerate offenders.
  • Learn about the history of the correctional system.
  • Examine the cost of correctional institutions to society.
  • Discuss probation and why it is used.
  • Examine alternative sanctions, such as house arrest and community service.
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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling