012w3d2 - Administrative Note • Due to a change in my...

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Unformatted text preview: Administrative Note • Due to a change in my schedule, my office hours are moving to the mornings of Monday and Wednesday, 9:30-10:30am. • If these hours don’t work for you, please e- mail for an appointment Today’s Class • Introduction to Criminological Theory – Definitions – Micro vs. Macro – Theoretical Models • Early thoughts on Crime – Demonology – The Classical School Explaining the Trends: Theory and Hypotheses • Scientific Theories – Provide simplified explanations for observable or measurable relationships. Example: Violence is learned from parents in early childhood – Must be able to be falsified through research. Cannot be based solely on belief. – Cannot be proven, merely supported. If relationship holds in every case, it is a law, not a theory. Explaining the Trends: Theory and Hypotheses • Hypotheses – make specific statements about the relationships between two or more variables. Example: If a person’s parents physically abuse them, they more likely to be violent as an adult. • Hypotheses make theories testable....
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This note was uploaded on 05/18/2008 for the course SOC 012 taught by Professor Felson,richardb during the Fall '07 term at Penn State.

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