CRM 1300 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Victimology, Content Analysis, Social Control

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Criminology is the body of knowledge regarding crime as a social phenomenon. Studies criminal behavior causes, patterns, control of. Records, experiments, surveys, historical data, content analysis. Sociology, criminal justice, psychology, political science, anthropology, economics, the natural sciences. Create valid and reliable measures of crime. Determining the nature and cause of specific crime patterns. Study involves describing, analyzing and explaining the agencies of justice. Norms are rules and expectations by which a society guides the behavior of its members. They may be either prescriptive (do) or proscriptive (don"t). There are two special types of norms that were identified by william graham summer: As we internalize norms, we respond critically to our own behavior through shame or guilt. Crime: any form of human behavior that is designated by law as criminal and subject to penal sanction. Rule of law: we accept that laws are rules of society and when transgressed will have repercussions. Not all crime is deviant (ex: marijuana use)

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