Crime in America

CRIJ 1307

Updated August 30, 2011

  • State Approval Code: 4504015200
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Catalog Description

American crime problems in historical perspective, social and public policy factors affecting crime, impact and crime trends, social characteristics of specific crimes, and prevention of crime. Lecture Hrs = 3, Lab Hrs = 0


READ 301 or ESOL 311 or equivalent

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
  • Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
  • Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
  • Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.
  • Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • To examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures.
  • To use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • To analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on the area under study.
  • To comprehend the origins and evolution of U.S. and Texas political systems, with a focus on the growth of political institutions, the constitutions of the U.S. and Texas, federalism, civil liberties, and civil and human rights.
  • To differentiate and analyze historical evidence (documentary and statistical) and differing points of view.
  • To recognize and apply reasonable criteria for the acceptability of historical evidence and social research.
  • To identify and understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

1. Identify the psychological, social, and economic impact of crime in society.
2. Identify characteristics of major crimes.

Specific Course Objectives

1. Discuss and explain American crime problems in historical perspective. (interprets and communicates information)
2. Recognize and describe social factors affecting crime (listens, reads, organizes and maintains material)
3. Recognize and discuss public policy factors affecting crime reading, writing, listening, speaking)
4. Define and explain impact and crime trends (interprets and communicates information)
5. Identify and discuss social characteristics of specific crimes. (listens, speaks)
6. Explain and discuss the prevention of crime. (interprets and communicates information)

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

See General Course Objectives


Students will be graded on three major written objective tests for the majority of their grade. A subjective portion will be derived from class participation, class attendance, and preparedness for the class material.
Your grade will be determined from:
Tests and Final Exam , Written Assignment(s) and Participation.  Participation grades are subjective, based on criteria listed above in Assessment.

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

1. Criminology, Siegel, 10th Edition, Thomson/Wadsworth/Cengage Learning

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