Biological Determinism: Definition & Theory


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Which of the following best describes the primary assumption of biological determinism in relation to criminality?

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1. Which of the following critiques offers the best criticism of biological determinism in relation to criminality?

2. Which of the following distinguishes biological positivism (and biological determinism) from classical criminology?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Biological determinism is one approach to the study of criminal behavior. Test what you know about this theory of criminality with questions on topics like the main assumption of biological determinism when it comes to criminality and criticism of biological determinism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on the following:

  • Comparison between classical criminology and biological positivism
  • Argument on criminality from Cesare Lombroso
  • Primary assumption of biological determinism regarding criminality

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about biological determinism
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as biological positivism and classical criminology
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a criticism of biological determinism when it comes to criminal behavior
  • Making connections - use your understanding of biological determinism to see how it could hypothetically shape our modern understanding of criminality

Additional Learning

Learn more about the study of criminal behavior with the lesson Biological Determinism: Definition & Theory. The following concepts are covered:

  • Definition of biological determinism
  • Positivism and biological positivists
  • Physiognomists and biological determinism
  • The way criminogenic traits are acquired according to Lombroso