Tompkins Cortland Community College

SOCI207 - Introduction to Criminology


In this course, students apply sociological principles to an analysis of crime in the United States. The nature and extent of crime are studied in light of the nature of American social institutions. Major theories and policies concerning crime control are discussed and evaluated in light of empirical tests of their effectiveness. Topics include fundamental concepts of crime causation and theories, methodologies of offenders and victims, crime typologies and focuses such as personal crime, property crime, economic crime, terrorism, serial killing and sexual offenses, statistical compilation approaches, and crime control measures. SOCI 207 fulfills the SUNY General Education Social Sciences requirement. Prerequisites: SOCI 101; prior completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ENGL 101 and RDNG 116 if required by placement. 3 Cr. (3 Lec.) Fall semester.