CRJ 223 Criminology

Campus Location:
Georgetown, Dover, Stanton
Effective Date:
CRJ 101 or HDM 101, PSY 121


Course Credits and Hours:
3.00 credits
3.00 lecture hours/week
0.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

In this course, students examine the nature and causes of crime using biological, psychological, and sociological theories.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:


Schedule Type:
Classroom Course
Hybrid Course
Online Course


Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Explain criminology and its functions. (CCC 1; PGC 4)
  2. Explain the role of criminology in the criminal justice system. (CCC 1, 2, 4; PGC 1, 2, 4)
  3. Compare and contrast major theories of crime. (CCC 1, 2; PGC 4)
  4. Analyze specific crimes in terms of criminological theories. (CCC 1, 2; PGC 4, 5)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Explain criminology and its functions.
    1. Examine the historical development of criminology.
    2. Explain the difference between criminology and criminal justice.
    3. Evaluate ethical issues in criminology.
    4. Review the processes of criminal law and their origins.
    5. Explain the nature and extent of crime.
  2. Examine the role of criminology in the criminal justice system.
    1. Explain the concept of justice.
    2. Identify and explain the function of the criminal justice system and the rule of law.
    3. Explain the impact of the criminal justice system on law enforcement.
    4. Compare and contrast the impact of policing on crime between the past and present.
    5. Describe the juvenile justice system.
    6. Analyze the functions of the models of the juvenile justice system.
    7. Compare and contrast the juvenile justice system with the adult system.
    8. Analyze the concepts of justice today.
  3. Compare and contrast major theories of crime.
    1. Analyze what motivates people to commit crime.
    2. Describe and categorize scientifically accepted crime theories.
    3. Examine the impact of society, economics, and class on crime.
    4. Distinguish the potential of various crime theories.
  4. Analyze specific crimes in terms of criminological theories.
    1. Analyze the propensity for and the frequency of violent crimes.
    2. Discuss the various forms of terrorism.
    3. Describe the historical development of property crimes.
    4. Compare and contrast the past criminology theories with the present.
    5. Explain white collar and organized crime.
    6. Examine the impact of crime on society.
    7. Discuss law and morality.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

90 100 = A
80 89 = B
70 79 = C
0 69 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

Summative: Exam (4) (equally weighted)


Formative: Quizzes, assignments, presentations (equally weighted)




Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):


  1. Discuss criminal justice professionalism in the performance of duties.
  2. Articulate the function and interaction of criminal justice agencies and organizations.
  3. Explain interviewing, counseling, and crisis intervention techniques with diverse criminal justice populations.
  4. Apply knowledge of causation and correction to juvenile and adult offenders.
  5. Describe the legal principles and practices of criminal and constitutional law.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.