Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Criminology

 Title Abbreviation:   CRIMINOLOGY

 Department:    CJ&

 Course #:    112

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    430103

 EPC:    832

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Examines crime, criminal behavior patterns and the law. Explores crime, its context, and especially its causes. Designed to give students a theoretical, as well as practical, knowledge of criminology. Familiarizes students with the sociology of law, causes of crime and the control of crime. Covers basics in criminology theories, patterns and behaviors. Learn socioeconomic and sociocultural influences that have affected crime over the years.


Prerequisite: CJ& 101 with a "D" or higher.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the nature and causes of crime and the interactive nature of the criminal justice system.
  2. Understand the evolvement of criminal law. Understand research methods used in the field of criminology.
  3. Develop the ability to analyze statistical data and to read tables.
  4. Understand the relationship of the public and larger society to crime and justice.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2018 and affects outlines for 2019 and later.


Definition: Think analytically, logically, creatively, and reflectively.

Course Contents

  1. Introduction to Criminological Theory. Deterrence and Rational Choice Theories.
  2. Biological and Biosocial Theories. Psychological Theories.
  3. Social Learning Theory. Social Bonding and Control Theories.
  4. Labeling and Reintegrative Shaming Theory. Social Disorganization Theory.
  5. Anomie and Strain Theories. Conflict Theory.
  6. Marxist Theories. Radical and Critical Theories.
  7. Feminist Theories. Developmental and Life-Course Theories.
  8. Integrating Criminological Theories.