I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 201

       Course Name: Criminology

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course examines aspects of crime.  Content includes types of crimes and criminals, factors involved in criminal behavior, control, and prevention.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will have an understanding of:

  1. Theories relating to criminal behavior and crime causation.
  2. The concept of crime and the types of crimes and criminals.
  3. An overview of the Criminal Justice System.
  4. The role of police, lawyers and judges.
  5. Theories of punishment.
  6. The prison community and correctional reform.
  7. Such topics as morality and law; victimology; police stress management; criminal profiling.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. The Study of Crime
  2. The Nature and Extent of Crime
  3. Theories of Crime Causation
  4. Types of Crime
  5. Types of Criminals
  6. Criminal Law
  7. The Police
  8. The Courts
  9. Corrections
  10. Controlling Crime
  11. Crime Victims
  12. Crime Prevention
  13. Criminal Profiling
  14. Economic Crime
  15. Current Issues and Trends

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Two Exams, Class Report/Oral Presentation, Book Report, Attendance, Class Participation, Quizzes, Community Service Project, Field Trips, Extra Credit

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading/Writing/Oral Presentation/Class Reports/Projects

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Criminology  (8th Edition) Author:  Larry Siegel
Publisher: West Publishing Co.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Two Exams, Class Report/Oral Presentation, Book Report, Attendance, Class Participation, Quizzes, Community Service Project, Field Trips, Extra Credit

XI.   Other Course Information

Class Attendance Required
Class Report-(4 pages)
Community Service Project
Extra Credit – e.g. Court Visits, Tour – Medical Examiner,
Police Ride-along, Police Department Tour, Mock Police Testing.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.