Week 04, Introduction to Criminology

Assignments for Week 4:

1.  Read Chapter 3, “Victims and Victimization.” We will have Quiz #3 on this chapter and last week’s lecture in the first class session this week.

2. Lecture: Rational Choice Theory

3. Critical Thinking Questions for Group Discussion:

a. Considering what you learned in this chapter about crime victimization, what measures can you take to better protect yourself from crime?

b. Do you agree with the assessment that schools are some of the most dangerous locations in the community? Did you find your high school to be a dangerous environment?

c. Does a person bear some of the responsibility for his or her victimization if the person maintains a lifestyle that contributes to the chances of becoming a crime victim? In other words, should we “blame the victim”?

d. Are potential victims justified in using deadly force if they believe their life is in danger even if their assailant is unarmed?

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