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Grade : 11 - 12

How could somebody commit such an unspeakable act, or how could someone who seemingly has everything throw it all away doing something illegal? Does a person’s environment increase the likelihood of becoming a criminal or is criminality an inherited trait? Criminology will explore the reasons why people commit crimes.

This course first will examine why laws were created and how they evolve over time in response to society’s needs. Then, the focus will move to the theoretical perspectives of criminal behavior, including biological, psychological and sociological theories. Students will delve into the minds of serial killers, thieves, drug dealers, and even corporate criminals while examining notable and notorious criminals. Finally, the class will explore the treatment of criminals by the correctional system. Students will be asked to design a policy statement for crime prevention and treatment programs for criminals.

Some of the issues we’ll discuss are:

  • 3 main types of crime
  • Prevalence of crime
  • Connection between drugs and crime
  • Indicators of dangerousness
  • Predicting criminal behavior
  • Competency standards

Disclaimer: Given the contents of the course, some of the subject matter is violent and gruesome in nature. This may not be the course for you if your sensibilities are easily upset.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the goals of laws and why laws define criminal behavior.
  • Identify different types of crimes.
  • Identify the elements of crime and defenses to crime.
  • Examine competencies required for the legal process.
  • Examine the main biological, psychological and sociological theories of crime.
  • Apply theoretical principles of criminology to case studies.
  • Analyze the different types of correctional programs.
  • Create a policy statement for crime prevention and correctional programs for offenders consistent with personal beliefs about the causes of criminal behavior.


Course Dates

VHS courses follow an academic calendar and run for 15 weeks:

Fall 2016
Sept 7th – December 20th, 2016

Spring 2017
January 25th – May 9th, 2017



Students must be mature enough to handle subject matter that is violent and gruesome in nature
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    Haha, shouldn’t you be charging for that kind of know?edgel!

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Duration 15 w
Level Beginner
Start Date Spring 2017

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