Week 05, Introduction to Criminology

Assignments for Week 5:

1. Read Chapter 4, “Rational Choice Theory” in your textbook. We will have Quiz #4 on these chapters and on last week’s lecture. 

2. Lecture: Trait Theory

3. Critical Thinking Questions for Group Discussion: 

a. Are criminals rational decision makers, or are they motivated by uncontrollable psycholoical and emotional drives?

b. Would you want to live in a society where crime rates are low because criminals are subjected to extremely harsh punishments, such as flogging?

c. If you were caught by the police while shoplifting, which would you be more afraid of: receiving criminal punishment or being ashamed to face your friends or relatives?

d. Is it possible to create a method of capital punishment that would actually deter murder––for example, by televising executions? What might be some or the negative consequences of such a policy?

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