CRIM 104 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Jeremy Bentham, General Strain Theory, Derek B

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Learning objectives: explain what makes a good theory, and provide some specific examples of how good theories have been proven over time. Many theories of crime can be classified as biological, psychological and sociological explanations: however, some criminological theories do not fall squarely within the parameters of biological, psychological or sociological explanations. Critical criminology, feminist theory, rational choice theory, and opportunity theory. Bio-psychological (psycho-biological) theories: examples of social psychology would include aker"s social learning theory and. Agnew"s general strain theory: an example of psychological (or psycho-biological) theory would be terrie moffitt"s developmental taxonomy theory, which breaks criminals down into two types: adolescent-limited, and life-course-persistent. What makes a good theory: must be logical, with a valid structure. It must follow the basic rules of critical thinking and logic. List the main members of the classical school, and outline some of the main features of. Classical school thinking: premised on a number of then-popular notions about human nature, such as hedonism.

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