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Learning Objectives

  1. Tell what a trial by ordeal might have been like.

  2. Discuss the modern criminal justice system’s relationship toward supernatural explanations of crime.

  3. Summarize the Enlightenment’s effect on the study of crime.

  4. Explain the classical school of criminology.

  5. Outline Beccaria’s approach to crime.

  6. Outline Bentham’s approach to crime.

  7. Discuss the positivist school of criminology.

  8. Differentiate biological and psychological theories of criminology.

  9. Distinguish critical sociological theories of crime from other sociological theories.

  10. Analyze what makes integrated theories of crime and life-course and developmental theories of crime different from other types of positivist theory.

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