This course provides an introduction to theories of criminal causation/control and a general overview of the history and development of both criminology and criminality. Additional areas of study include the criminological enterprise, with attention to crime, criminals, victims, and punishment, with special emphasis on understanding the social meaning of crime.

Because crime and criminals are frequently topics of media, political and popular concern, this course addresses common misconceptions about both. The objective is not only to clarify the issues of crime and criminality, but also to encourage critical thinking generally. Continued emphasis will be placed upon examining the true reality and parameters of crime, and dispelling the myths surrounding it and the people who commit it.