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    Jun 15, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because the exploration of different theories provide a foundation and a framework for the development of new theories. It also helps in understanding the different reasons that criminals choose to engage in criminal activity.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of the course included the earlier studies that talked about social ranking, race, brain shape and body types as for reasons that some committed crime. Travis Hirschi's Theory of Social Bonds and the Strain Theory. Travis Hirschi's Theory discussed the importance of parental attachment, commit to organizations and institutions, participation or involvement in activities, and a belief system. The course helped us to see the connection between the theory and research that was conducted to test the theory. The strain theory focused on external factors that caused individuals to commit crime. This course provided information regarding the distinction between the two types of crime, mala in se and mala prohibita. Mala in se are crimes that are evil within themselves, without explanation because of the distress that it caused and fuels public outcry. Mala prohibita references crimes that are wrong because they are against the law, and often do not include physical suffering. This course provided information in regards to the timeframe that crime is usually committed and the likelihood of victimization depending on the criminals motive, means, and opportunity. It informed that the elderly and women are more likely to become victims of crime.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advise students to always be on time to class, pay attention, take notes, and to never be afraid to ask questions in regards to things that are not understood. I would advise students to read the text and mention anything that was not understood from the text to the professor or schedule time outside of class with the professor in order to gain clarity.

    • Fall 2015
    • Dr. Diane Berger-Hill
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts
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    Mar 16, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Interesting class, wonderful teacher

    Course highlights:

    I learned a wealth a new info.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the text book prior to test, don't just review class notes.

    • Winter 2016
    • JULIEA.FINK
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Lots of Writing Participation Counts

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