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CRIM 101 Lecture Notes - Mens Rea, Actus Reus


Department
Criminology
Course Code
CRIM 101
Professor
Barry Cartwright

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CRIMINOLOGY 101
COURSE INSTRUCTOR
¡ Barry Cartwright
¡ Office: SWH 10318
¡ Phone: 778-782-5524
¡ Email: bcartwri@sfu.ca
¡ 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
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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
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