Maricopa Community Colleges  AJS225   20016-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 2-27-2001

AJS225 2001 Fall 2002 Fall

LEC 3.0 Credit(s) 3.0 Period(s) 3.0 Load Occ


Study of deviance, society's role in defining behavior; theories of criminality and the economic, social, and psychological impact of crime; relationships between statistics and crime trends. Examines crime victimization and the various types of crime and categories of offenders. Required in the AJS curriculum.

Prerequisites: None.


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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


AJS225 2001 Fall 2002 Fall




Describe the relationships between deviance, social control, criminality, and the juvenile offenders. (I)


Distinguish the crimes and characteristics of known offenders, limitations of statistics, and the factors that contribute to an increase in crime. (II)


Evaluate crimes of violence, their cultural context, and typology of violent offenders. (III)


Describe the categories of sex offenses and sexual offenders as well as the public views and misconceptions. (IV)


Describe the various characteristics of occasional, professional, and career patterns of property offenders. (V)


Describe organized criminal enterprises and their penetration into legitimate businesses. (VI)


Describe white collar/economic crimes. (VII)


Describe offenders which fall into the special category. (VIII)


Describe the various biological, sociological, and psychological theories of criminality. (IX)


Describe the criminal/victim relationship and bystander response. (X)


Describe the impact of crime on society. (XI)

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AJS225 2001 Fall 2002 Fall



I. Deviance, social control, and criminality

A. Definitions of terms, norms, and sanctions

B. Relationships between norms and socialization

C. Society's role in defining behavior as deviant

D. Law as a means of social control

E. Origins of law

F. Basic premises of criminal law

G. Classifications of crime

H. Relationship of juvenile offender to society, including status offenders and delinquents

II. Epidemiology of crime

A. Uniform crime report

B. Distinguishing between the extent of known crimes

C. Characteristics of known offenders in relation to age, sex, and race

D. Limitations of official statistics

E. Relationships between statistics and crime trends

F. Contributing factors in the increase of crime

G. Perspectives of crime from point of view of victim, offender, judge, and criminal justice petitioner

III. Crimes of violence

A. Frequency and distribution of violent crime

B. Cultural context of violent crime

C. Typology of violent offenders

IV. Sexual offenses

A. Categories of sex offenses

B. Public views and misconceptions of sex offender

C. Varieties of sexual offenses and sexual offenders

V. Conventional property offenses

A. Characteristics of career criminals and patterns

1. Occasional property offenders

2. Professional offenders

B. Types of property offenses

VI. Organized crime

A. Definition and description of organized crime

B. History and development of syndicated crime

C. Structure of syndicated crime

D. Criminal enterprises

E. Penetration of legitimate business by organized crime

VII. White collar/economic crimes

A. Categories of economic crime

B. Impact of economic crime

C. The control of economic crime

VIII. Special category offenders

A. Description of substance abuse

1. Relationship to crime

2. Patterns of use

3. Treatment approaches

B. Psychotic, retarded, and psychopathic offender

C. Female offender

IX. Theories of criminality

A. Biological theories of criminality

B. Sociological theories of criminality

C. Psychological theories of criminality

X. Victims and bystanders

A. Criminal/victim relationship as a factor in crime

B. Bystander response and the law

XI. The impact of crime on society

A. Economic impact of crime

1. Crimes against person

2. Crimes against property

3. Illegal goods and services

4. Public expenditures for criminal justice

5. Private costs related to crime

B. Psychological and social impact of crime

1. On the victim

2. Fear and its consequences

3. Individual defensive reactions to crime

4. Collective reactions to crimes


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