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Below is a sample breakdown of the Introduction to Crime & Criminology chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Types and categories of crime||A brief history of the criminology field; characteristics of felonies, misdemeanors, offenses, treason, espionage and inchoate offenses|
|Tuesday||Legal components of crime||Actus reus, mens rea and concurrence; causation, harm, legality, punishment and attendant circumstances|
|Wednesday||Crime history and trends||A brief history of crime in the U.S. and a survey of current crime trends|
|Thursday||Crime measurement programs||Types of information collected by Uniform Crime Reports, the National Incident Based Reporting System and the National Crime Victimization Survey program; crime demographic patterns|
|Friday||Crime and punishment||Key principles outlined in Cesare Beccaria's treatise 'On Crimes and Punishments' and the relationship between crime and punishment|
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. Crime: Definition & Types
Watch this video to explore the different types of crime. You'll learn about felonies, misdemeanors and violations. You'll also review various views on crime, as well as examine personal and property crimes.
3. General Categories of Crime
Watch this video to explore the different categories of crime. You'll learn about felonies, misdemeanors, offenses, treason, espionage, and inchoate offenses.
4. Crime: Legal Characteristics & General Features
Learn about the legal characteristics of crime. Find out what constitutes the actus reus, mens rea, and concurrence of a crime. Examine other general features of crime.
5. History & Trends of Crime in the United States
United States crime trends have fluctuated throughout history. This lesson takes a brief look at the history of crime in the U.S., crime rates over time and current trends.
6. Crime Measurement Programs: History & Nature
Watch this lesson to learn about how crime is measured in the United States. Examine the two main sources of criminal statistics and discover what each source of information can reveal.
7. How Demographics Contribute to Crime
This lesson examines how demographics can tell us about crime. Review how social class relates to crime. In addition, examine how age, gender, and race are related to crime.
8. The Relationship Between Crime & Punishment
The criminal law sets out both crimes and punishments, which are designed to align with each other. This lesson defines criminal punishment, explains punishment theories and explores the relationship between crime and punishment.
9. Cesare Beccaria's 'On Crimes and Punishments' and the Rise of Utilitarianism
Cesare Beccaria wrote 'On Crimes and Punishments' in the 18th century. It called for criminal justice reform and influenced the U.S. criminal justice system. This lesson explores 'On Crimes and Punishments' and the resulting rise of utilitarianism.
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