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Intro to Criminology - Chapter Summary
Follow along with our expert criminal justice instructors to review the history of criminology and examine its predominant schools of thought. Each lesson contains concise definitions of foundational criminology terms, plus a short quiz to help you retain the information. You can also print the accompanying lesson transcripts to review after watching the lessons. Use any computer or mobile device to study, and feel free to reach out to our instructors if you have any questions. When you're finished working through the chapter, you'll be able to:
- Summarize the history of the criminology field
- Understand the influence of the classical school of criminology
- Explain the neoclassical criminology school of thought
1. Criminology: Overview & History of the Field
Learn about what constitutes criminology. Review the four perspectives of criminology and work a case yourself. Then, examine the history of crime as it relates to the field of criminology.
2. The Classical School of Criminology & Its Influence Today
Our judicial system is complex, and it's based on principles of crime and punishment that have been around for centuries. In this lesson, we'll explore the classical school of criminology and the five basic tenets of that form, which are its cornerstone.
3. Neoclassical Criminology: School & Theory
Neoclassical criminology is a school of thought that is defined by a number of different theories. In this lesson, you will gain an introductory understanding of neoclassical criminology and its primary theoretical assumptions about crime and punishment.
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Other chapters within the Criminal Justice 104: Introduction to Criminology course
- Crime Categories, Characteristics & Elements
- Measuring Crime through Criminal Justice Research
- Crime Patterns & Trends
- Victimization in Criminal Justice
- Rational Choice & Trait Theories in Criminology
- Social Structure & Social Process Theories in Criminology
- Social Conflict Theories & Restorative Justice
- Developmental Theories of Crime
- Overview of Violent Crime
- Types of Murder
- Types of Sex Crimes
- Basics of Property Crime
- Economic & Public Order Crimes
- Crimes of Moral Turpitude
- Political Crime & Terrorism
- Understanding Cyber Crime
- American Criminal Justice Systems
- Law Enforcement in America
- Punishment & Corrections
- Studying for Criminal Justice 104