Course Leader: Dr Viviana Andreescu
Home Institution: University of Louisville, USA
The course is an introduction to the major theoretical perspectives that frame the study of criminal and delinquent behavior. It examines the biological, psychological and sociological factors related to criminal behavior, the role of theory and research in preventing and controlling crime, and the policy implications of theory-based crime research. The relationship between social institutions and antisocial behavior will be discussed in this class as well.
Although class meetings will generally follow a lecture format, students are expected to attend class regularly, be active participants, and contribute consistently to class discussions. Questions, comments, and suggestions related to the topics covered in class are strongly encouraged. It is essential for the successful outcome of this course that readings and homework assignments be completed in a timely manner.
Required Course Materials*
Akers, R., Krohn, M. D., Lonn Lanza-Kaduce, L. & Radosevich, M. (1979) Social learning and deviant behavior: A specific test of a general theory. American Sociological Review, 44(4), pp. 636-655.
Andreescu, V., (2017). Family, school, and peer influences on alcohol abstinence and use among American Indian and white female adolescents. Deviant Behavior. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0163925.2017.1411032 (online first)
Andreescu, V., Shutt, J. E. & Vito, G. F. (2011). The Violent South: Culture of Honor, Social Disorganization, and Murder in Appalachia. Criminal Justice Review, 36(1), 76-103.
Chiricos, T., Barrick, K., Bales, W., and Bontrager, S. (2007). The labeling of convicted felons and its consequences for recidivism, Criminology, 45(3), 547-581.
Moffitt, T. E., Lynam, D. R. & Silva, P. A. (1994) Neuropsychological tests predicting persistent male delinquency, Criminology, 32(2), 277-300.
Sampson, R. J. & Laub, J.H. (1990) Crime and deviance over the life course: The salience of adult social bonds. American Sociological Review, 55(5), 609-627.
*The instructor will provide pdf copies of these articles.
Miller, J.M., Schreck, C., Tewksbury, R. & Barnes, J.C. (2015). Criminological Theory: A Brief Introduction. Fourth Edition. Boston, MA: Prentice Hall.
Students will work through the assigned reading materials, will take two exams, and 2-4 quizzes. The first exam will include questions (multiple-choice, true-false, and open-ended) referring to the first five modules. The second exam will cover modules 6 – 10. Each quiz will include 1-2 short essay-type questions.
10% Class participation (CP); 20% Quizzes (Q); 35% Exam 1 (E1); 35% Exam 2 (E2);
GRADE = .10CP + .20Qs +.35E1 + .35E2