This course will explore the various approaches to reducing crime and the theories that inform those approaches. The course aims to provide understanding of the empirical evidence regarding the distribution of crime across offenders, victims, and places/spaces; various theoretical explanations for these patterns, with most emphasis on those theories that form the underpinnings of situational crime prevention; practical techniques for preventing crime using situational approaches, community-based approaches, social developmental approaches, and criminal justice system-based approaches; key issues involved in the implementation of crime prevention strategies, including competency, ethics, and displacement; and key issues involved in the rigorous evaluation of crime prevention strategies. Required course in the Law Enforcement & Crime Prevention concentration.
History can be an interest subject on its own but your personal interests may lean you toward a few topic ideas. Pearl Harbor, World War II, medical and technological advancements, women in the Revolutionary War, and Native American history are interesting areas people have a profound interest in. It is a matter of looking at the subject and deciding on what to highlight that may not be noticed by others. Other history topics: slave trade, modern Europe during the 1700s, population development in the East Midlands during the 1800s, the importance of migration in urban cities, and race division conflicts during the 1950s.
Your research class will likely be one of the last classes you take in your criminologist degree program. Research methods may sound like a dry description, but the truth is that it is closest to what you will be doing on a daily basis. The job of a criminologist is most akin to the job of a researcher, only the research you do is on current criminals and the time frame for your research is far more fast-paced. A class in research methods will teach you the fundamentals of researching a case, writing a report and sharing information with colleagues. It will likely culminate in a final or capstone paper for the course.