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Site Teaching Modules CRMJ/SOCA 233 Criminology:
Week 14 Crime Typologies
You will be held accountable for purposes of grading for the readings and exercises listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition, you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.

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Week 14: Week of November 30, 2003

  • Topic: Crime Typologies

  • Preparatory Readings & Other Materials:
    • Pollock. Criminal Women. ch. 2 and 3
    • Documentary: "Crime in the Suites" to be shown in class
    • optional -- Adler. Criminology. ch.13 and 14
    • Williams and McShane. Criminology Theory. no chapters this week.

  • Lecture: in class

    • Concepts:

      • violent crimes
      • property crimes
      • victimless crimes
      • white collar crimes

    • Discussion Questions:

      1. Define white collar crime.

      2. In Criminal Violence, Criminal Justice , Charles Silberman noted that violence is as American as mom and apple pie. Do you agree or disagree with Silberman? Why.

      3. Briefly compare and contrast how the strain theorist, labeling theorist and Marxist would explain the causes of and the solutions to violent crimes? Which perspective do you agree with the most? Why.

  • Past Lectures and Related Links:

      Theory Resources Page

      Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

  • Some Recommended Activities:

    1. Show and Tell: Bring in a current event on white collar crime or find a program (other than those mentioned in the readings or lectures) illustrating violence reduction .

    2. Explore one of these topics:
      --- Trace the history of organized crime.
      --- Should victimless crimes be legalized? Why.
      --- Where does your state rank according to rates of violent crime?
      --- Examine hate crimes.
      --- What are the arguments on both sides of the gun control debate? Which side do you take? Why.
      --- Besides hate crimes, what other "new" crimes have emerged in recent years. Why.

    3. Recommended Readings

      Charles Silberman. Criminal Violence, Criminal Justice .

      Susan Brownmiller. Against Our Will .

Now, check the Minimum Requirements for Criminology, Week 13 and 14.

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