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Introduction to Criminology - Chapter Summary
Follow along with our expert instructors to get an overview of the field of criminology. These bite-sized lessons examine the history of criminology, as well as the field's classical and neoclassical schools. You can reinforce your understanding of the material by taking the accompanying self-assessment quizzes and chapter exam. The chapter is available 24/7 and accessible on any Internet connected device, which enables you to study at school, at work, at home or wherever you happen to be. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Summarize the history of the criminology field
- Explain the classical school of criminology and its contemporary influence
- Understand neoclassical criminology theory
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 Overview course
- Law Enforcement & Police Activity
- Court Proceedings Overview
- Basic Theories of Crime
- Types of Courts
- Types of Crime Overview
- Agencies & Offices of the Department of Justice
- Criminal Sentencing
- History of Police Brutality in America
- Laws Related to Family, Marriage & Children
- Prisons in the United States
- American Law Enforcement Agencies
- Police Roles & Policies
- Criminal Sanctions Used in Criminology
- Overview of Correction Facilities
- Basic Law in Criminal Justice
- Warrants in Criminal Justice
- Crime Categories & Characteristics
- Theories of Criminal Behavior
- Victims of Crime: Consequences & Impact
- Types of Homicide