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CRIMINOLOGY: THE NATURE AND ORIGINS OF CRIME
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Netherlands - University College, Utrecht - 'Univ. College Utrecht'
UC Course SubjectPsychology
Sociology
Number & Suffix: 129
Full UC Title: CRIMINOLOGY: THE NATURE AND ORIGINS OF CRIME 
Transcript Title: CRIMINOLOGY 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: Criminology is the study of crime and society’s subsequent reaction to it. This course begins by examining the definition of crime and deviance and how these definitions vary across countries, cultures, social classes, and time. Discussion focuses on major facts and fallacies about crime such as the stability of deviance and the issue of versatility versus specialization in particular types of crime. These introductory lectures are followed by discussions of the different sources used to measure crime. A further discussion focuses on how measurements are used (to provide descriptions, establish relationships between variables or as a predictive tool). Lectures continue with studying the relationship between media and crime, fear of crime and victimization. Building upon themes addressed in the introductory courses in Sociology and Psychology, sociological theories are used to explain criminal behavior among groups or sub-groups within society. The Chicago School, Classical and Positivist theories, Social Structure, and Social Process theories, the nature vs. nurture debate, and social development and traits, are applied to the study of crime and criminal behavior. Other sociological and psychological theories such as rational choice and routine activities illustrate under which conditions and how persons decide to commit crimes. The semester ends with a study of the Criminal Justice system’s response to crime and criminals. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: CRIMINOLOGY: THE NATURE AND ORIGINS OF CRIME 
Partner University Department: Sociology 
Partner University Course Number: UCSSCSOC29