Course Details

Title Introduction to Criminology
Field of Study Social science
Professor Seungmug Lee (ezech0725@gmail.com)
Type Academic course
Delivery Type Online Track (100% online course): Real-time
Credits 3
Contact hours 45
Schedule Afternoon
Course code ISS1121
Course number 18007

This course is to introduce the methodological and theoretical perspectives of the social and biological sciences as integrated into the criminal justice system. Analysis and comparison of various theories and models to explain crime and criminal behaviors are discussed with emphasis on the understanding of theoretical principles as they influence issues in criminal justice. The course is to give the students the opportunity to explore the nature and causes of crime, approaches to the study of crime, and policy responses to criminal behavior. It is expected for students to develop the skills of critical thinking about different theoretical perspectives.


The study of this course will enable students to:

  • Examine the historical evolution of criminological theory,
  • Recognize the basic concepts associated with criminological theory,
  • Assess the empirical status of several major criminological theories (classical, rational choice, positivist, strain, social and self-control, social learning, routine activities, life-course criminology, etc.),
  • Assess the empirical validity of the major criminological theories,
  • Identify the major policy implications related to each of the criminological theories, and

Discuss international aspects of criminological theories.

  • Tibbetts, Stephen. (2018). Criminological theory: The essentials (3rd). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. ISBN 978-1483359526.
  • Film texts will be used throughout the course to supplement lectures and reading assignments. Additional materials will be assigned during the semester as needed.
Lesson Plan
Class 1: o Overview of the syllabus and course o Ch 1: Issues in criminological theory
Class 2: o Ch 2: Pre-classical and classical theories
Class 3: o Ch 3: Modern applications of the classical perspective o Research paper topic selection
Class 4: o Ch 4: Early positive school
Class 5: o Ch 5: Modern biosocial perspectives
Class 6: o Ch 6: Early social structure and strain theories o Mid-term exam
Class 7: o Field trip to National Police Headquarters
Class 8: o Ch 7: The Chicago school of criminology
Class 9: o Ch 8: Social process and learning theories
Class 10: o Ch 9: Social reaction, critical, and feminist models
Class 11: o Field trip to Seoul High Court
Class 12: o Ch 10: Life-course perspectives
Class 13: o Ch 11: Integrated theoretical models
Class 14: o Class report (presentation) o Final exam review
Class 15: o Final Exam
Last Updated April 15, 2021
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