The Rational Choice Theory of Criminology


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Why do some people like the rational choice theory?

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1. Which theory says that people make logical choices about the circumstances under which to commit crimes?

2. _____ involves weighing the possibility of pleasure derived from committing a crime against the possibility of pain derived from getting caught and punished.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of why people commit crimes. You will learn about the concepts behind the rational choice theory and its approach to criminology.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested your understanding of the terms:

  • Criminology
  • Hedonistic calculus
  • Rational choice

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related criminology lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of rational choice theory to identify who it may apply to
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as rational choice, and hedonistic calculus
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding problems with the rational choice theory

Additional Learning

To learn more about one theory of how people decide to commit crimes, review the accompanying lesson called the Rational Choice Theory of Criminology. This lesson will:

  • Define criminology
  • Explain the concepts behind rational choice theory
  • Identify and explain important terms
  • Identify flaws/limitations of this theory