Lesson One
Crime Causation – Part I
3 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Two
Crime Causation – Part II
3 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Three
Offender Manipulation
3 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Four
Prison Culture: Feelings
4 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Five
Prison Culture: Perspectives
4 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Six
Special Populations: Overview
3 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Seven
Prison Culture: Dynamics
4 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Eight
Prison Culture: Engaging the Culture
4 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Nine
Lesson Ten
Poverty – Part I
4 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Eleven
Poverty – Part II
4 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Twelve
Poverty – Part III
4 Activities | 2 Assessments
Lesson Thirteen
Cognitive Behavior – Part I
4 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Fourteen
Cognitive Behavior – Part II
4 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Fifteen
Cognitive Behavior – Part III
4 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Sixteen
Motivational Interviewing – Part I
4 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Seventeen
Motivational Interviewing – Part II
3 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Eighteen
Motivational Interviewing – Part III
4 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Nineteen
Trauma and Attachment Theories
4 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Twenty
Addictions
3 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Twenty-One
Anger Management
4 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Twenty-Two
Faith-Based Programs
4 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Twenty-Three
Reentry: Feelings and Perspectives
4 Activities | 1 Assessment
Lesson Twenty-Four
Course Wrap-Up
Course Completion
1 Activity | 1 Assessment

Overview and Objectives

Lesson Overview

One of the primary questions asked about criminal behavior is: What are the causes? The next two lectures will discuss different theories to explain criminal behavior and deviance. In this lecture, we will explore the classical, biological, psychobiological, psychological, and sociological theories. How you think about the causes of criminal behavior will influence how you treat it.

Lesson Objectives

When you complete this lesson, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe the classical and neoclassical theories of criminology and how they influence the criminal justice system.
  • Describe the basic features of biological and psychological theories of crime causation.
  • Describe the basic features of sociological theories of crime causation.
Personal Reflection

As you proceed through this lesson have the following question in mind.
How do you believe the media shapes society’s view of crime causation?

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