Neoclassical Criminology: School & Theory


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What is the primary theoretical assumption neoclassical criminologists make about human decision-making?

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1. Routine activities theory assumes that three things must be in place in order for a crime to occur. What are these three factors?

2. What other neoclassical assumption does the notion of deterrence rest on? Choose the one, best answer.

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Review the defining assumptions behind neoclassical theories and contrast the variations between them. Use this quiz and worksheet to practice identifying key differences between them and applying them to criminology.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This interactive quiz and printable worksheet will check your ability to:

  • Differentiate between neoclassical theories
  • Identify similarities between neoclassical theories
  • Apply neoclassical theories to criminology

Skills Practiced

This quiz/worksheet combo will apply the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding neoclassical criminology and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast neoclassical theories, such as routine activities theory and deterrence theory
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of neoclassical theories to answer questions about real life scenarios

Additional Learning

To learn more about neoclassical criminology, study the corresponding lesson called Neoclassical Criminology: School & Theory. This lesson reviews the following subjects:

  • The Neoclassical School of Criminology
  • Rational choice theory
  • Routine activities theory
  • Deterrence theory
  • Diagram clarification of a theory