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Site Teaching Modules CRMJ/SOCA 233 Criminology:
Week 15 Theory, Policy, Practice Revisited
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 15: Week of December 7, 2003

  • Topic: Theory, Policy, Practice Revisited

  • Preparatory Readings & Other Materials:
    • Pollock. Criminal Women. ch. 9
    • optional -- Adler. Criminology. no chapters this week
    • Williams and McShane. Criminology Theory. no chapters this week.

  • Lecture: in class

    • Concepts:

      • crime prevention
      • recidivism

    • Discussion Questions:

      1. Of all the criminological theories, criminal justice policies and practices, "what works?" Why. Relate your answer to Preventing Crime.

      2. As a follow-up, what theories best apply to the most successful crime prevention strategies or programs? 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 that describes a successful crime or delinquency prevention program. other than those mentioned in the readings or lectures) .

    2. Explore one of these topics:
      --- How program success is determined.
      --- How the recidivism rate is calculated.

    3. Recommended Readings

      John Irwin and James Austin. It's About Time: America's Imprisonment Binge .

      Jeffrey Reiman. The Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Prison.

Now, check the Minimum Requirements for Criminology, Week 13 , 14 and 15.

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