Introduction to Criminology. Defining Criminology The Criminal Law Development of Academic Criminology Theories of Crime Politics/Ideology . Defining Criminology . Edwin Sutherland’s definition The scientific study of lawmaking, lawbreaking, and the response to lawbreaking
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The Criminal Law
Development of Academic Criminology
Theories of Crime
Common Law is judge-made
law. The law is found in
previously decided cases.
Statutory Laws are derived from
legislative acts that decide the
definition of the behavior that is
codified into law.
Mala in se
Wrong because they are prohibited
Change over time and across society
Which is correct?
NO = Useless, stop here
Value equal opportunities and individual rights
Success/failure depends on outside forces and where you start
Crime is caused by outside influences