Syllabus for 292


Office H-222J

Criminology Office Hours:

Tuesday/Thursday 11 a.m.–12:20 p.m., Monday 9 a.m.

Instructor: Virgil Adams, III MA Wednesday 9 a.m.

Email: Also by appt.

Phone: (714)484-7000 Ext. 48220

3 units transfer credit

Prerequisite: None


Adler, Freda, Mueller, G., and Laufer, W. Criminology 6th. Edition

New York, 2007

Course Description:

This course presents a scientific analysis of the nature, extent and causes of violations of societal rules of behavior that are formally defined a crime and delinquency. The course includes an analysis of the theoretical perspectives that led to the development of criminal law and the administration of criminal justice, the patterns of criminality and delinquency, the impact of crime on social change, and the labeling, identification, characteristics and treatment of criminals ad delinquents.

Instructional Objectives:

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Develop an awareness and appreciation of the complexity of defining and addressing crime and delinquency.
  • Recognize the historical theoretical understanding of the development of modern criminal theory.
  • Interpret the distinctions and interrelationships between personal socialization to societal norms and larger institutionalized patterns of crime and delinquency.
  • Develop a sense of personal responsibility and control through an examination of historical and contemporary aspects of crime and delinquency.
  • Interpret the development of different attitudes and values in American Culture regarding causes and control crime.
  • Identify the historical and contemporary causes of attitudes and behaviors in the area of crime and delinquency.

Course Scope and Content:

  • Crime, criminal law and criminology
    • The concept of crime and criminal law.
    • Definitions of crime and deviant behavior.
  • The measurement of crime and its impact.
    • The perception and measurement of crime.
    • An overview of crime in the United States.
  • Early explanations of criminal behavior and to the present.
    • Research in criminology.
    • Historical explanations of criminal theory.
  • Biological and psychological theories of crime.
    • Biological factors and crime.
    • Psychological explanations of criminal behavior.
  • Sociological theories of criminal behavior: social-structural approach.
    • Early social-structures approaches.
    • Recent developments in the social-structure approach.
  • Sociological theories of criminal behavior: social-process.
    • Differential Association Theory.
    • Pornography and criminal behavior
  • Violent crimes
    • An overview of violent crimes.
    • Official data on types of serious violent crimes.
  • Property crimes
    • Official categories of serious property crimes.
    • Official categories of less property crimes.
  • Crimes in the corporate world.
    • The problems, extent, and impact of white-collar crime.
    • Sociological analysis of white-collar crime.
  • Organized crime, political crime and terrorism.
    • Organized crime, political and terrorism.
    • Terrorism; domestic and international
  • The American system of criminal justice.
    • Stages of the criminal justice system.
    • Special characteristics of the criminal justice system; including, courts, corrections, and the police.

Instructional Methodologies:

  • Lecture (including guest speakers)
  • Group discussion and presentations (small and large).
  • Video with class discussion and critiques.
  • Discuss and review unit examinations.

Methods of Evaluation:

  • Class participation (discussion and written exercises).
  • Written Mid-terms and Final Exam (The Final Essay is comprehensive).
  • Written assignments displaying methods of critique critical thinking that focus on demonstrating historical and philosophical knowledge and issues related to the problems in the field of Criminal Justice.

Class Expectations and Procedures:

1. Attendance

Attendance for all scheduled classes is paramount. After a student accumulates two absences you can be dropped from the class. You must attend class regularly. Please be on time! If you have personal business to conduct, be courteous enough to attend to it before or after class. All class members are relying on your cooperation.

2. Academic Honesty Policy

The college standards of academic honesty will be applied in this class. Academic dishonesty may result in an “F” on all or part of an assignment and referral to the dean. The complete policy may be found in the College Catalog, the official publication addressing and guiding academic and student services policies. An electronic copy of the College Catalog is on the college website.

The instructor reserves the right to submit student assignments to to check for textural similarities between those assignments, internet sources and the assignment database. Students will be required to electronically submit their written work for plagiarism checking. Assignments submitted to will become part of their database and will be used only for plagiarism prevention and detection.

3. Student Services: Disability Support Services

A student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact Disability Support Services at (714) 484-7104 or visit DSS on the first floor of the Cypress College Complex, Room 100. For students who have already been determined eligible for DSS services please provide the instructor with the proper form from DSS in a timely manner, at the beginning of the semester and at least one week prior to the verified and identified need.

4. Sexual Harassment/Discrimination Policy

The North Orange County Community College District Non-Discrimination Statement is found in the College Catalog.

5. Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to compare and contrast the study of deviance and criminal behavior in society.

2. Students will be able to address the criminal behavior of individual in society from the biological, environmental, and/or sociological perspectives.

3. Students will be able to know the etiology of the Criminal Justice System and scientific approach to Criminal behavior.

4. Students will be able to distinguish between the causality and propensity of criminality in juveniles and adult behavior in Society.

6. Food and Beverages

Refreshments are not permitted in the classroom. (water is allowed)

7. Cell Phones:

Please turn off all devices while class is in session.