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Simon Fraser University
CRIM 101
Barry Cartwright

CRIMINOLOGY 101 COURSE INSTRUCTOR ¡ Barry Cartwright ¡ Office: SWH 10318 ¡ Phone: 778-782-5524 ¡ Email: [email protected] ¡ Hours: Thursdays, 12:30-2:20 WHAT IS CRIMINOLOGY? Discipline of criminology: A social science studying crime and related phenomenon, such as law making, criminal behaviour, victimization and punishment Recent development Most ideas and concepts we now have about crime and criminals emerged over last 2 or 3 years Modern criminology is multi-disciplinary Influenced by sociology, psychology and biology THE FASCINATION WITH CRIME Crime is popular topic for newspapers There is little relationship between crime news Media focus primarily on violent crimes Appears as though police solve more crimes THE APPEAL OF CRIME STORIES AND CRIME NEWS Crime-related stories Deal with moral questions Criminals appear in stories as insane Stories happen in short time span FELSON’S 10 FALLACIES ABOUT CRIME 1. THE DRAMATIC FALLACY To keep ratings high, media seek strange/violent incidents Murder makes up less than 1% of all crime Seems that most murders are well-planned  In fact, most murders start as arguments Most crimes are relatively minor 2. THE COPS-AND-COURTS FALLACY  Police work made to look more dangerous  Increased policing Most crimes are not reported Very few elaborate court trials 3. THE “NOT-ME” FALLACY Most people think they could never (or would never) commit a crime.  However, many people have shoplifted Most people violate at least some laws sometimes 4. THE INNOCENT YOUTH FALLACY  Tendency to view younger people  In reality, teen years Majority of crimes Younger offenders 5. THE INGENUITY FALLACY Tendency to think criminals  In reality, lightweight, high value items  Most crimes take li
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