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Ch 1: Introduction to Crime & Criminology Lesson Plans

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The Introduction to Crime & Criminology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach criminology basics in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to Crime & Criminology Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Criminology: Overview & History of the Field

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.

Crime: Definition & Types

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.

General Categories of Crime

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.

Crime: Legal Characteristics & General Features

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.

History & Trends of Crime in the United States

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.

Crime Measurement Programs: History & Nature

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.

How Demographics Contribute to Crime

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.

The Relationship Between Crime & Punishment

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.

Cesare Beccaria's 'On Crimes and Punishments' and the Rise of Utilitarianism

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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