Introduction to Criminology

0.5 Unit
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This one-semester course is intended as a guide to the field and theories of criminology. ItÕs structured into lessons and Course Activities as follows:
– The first lesson discusses criminology as a field of study.
– The next two lessons discuss theories, which suggest that people engage in crime to satisfy self-interests and individual traits influence criminal behavior.
– The next lesson discusses the theory that motivated offenders are most likely to commit crimes when they are influenced by routine activities of potential victims.
– The next three lessons describe theories that suggest that people engage in crimes when social institutions fail to have a positive influence on them, they are labeled as criminals, and they associate with peers with criminal backgrounds.
– The next lesson familiarizes you with the theory that people engage in or refrain from criminal activities based on how they respond to certain events (turning points) in their lives.
– The next three lessons describe theories that influence of political and social powers, inability to achieve societal goals, and breakdown of social order contribute to criminal behavior.
– The next two lessons discuss theories that crimes and criminal behavior can be reduced by advocating peace and justice, reducing physical opportunities, and increasing the risks of being caught.
– The last lesson familiarizes you with the theory that focuses on preventing the escalation of serious crimes in a community.
You will grade your work in the Lesson Activities by comparing them with sample responses and submit the Course Activity documents to your teacher. Each lesson also has a multiple-choice mastery test. A multiple-choice end-of-semester test completes the course. The Course Activities (submitted to the teacher) and the Lesson Activities (self-checked) are major components of this course. They will guide your learning as you work through this course.


  • NCAA Eligible
  • State Certified


Instructor Embedded Cost: $275

Content Only Cost: See Course Details

The following information applies only to instructor embedded courses.

Oklahoma Subject Code: 5755

Course Provider Contact: Sarika Simpson | Academy Director | | 866-890-8153

How To Purchase This Course

Districts wishing to purchase this course should contact the course provider directly (see contact information above) and reference the contract in the "attachments" portion of the page linked here. If you are purchasing an Instructor Embedded course, please note that online instructors need not be certified in the state of Oklahoma. They must be certified to teach the content in at least one state or teach the subject at a college or university. To enroll a student in the course, you will need to obtain from the course provider (a) the instructor’s name; (b) the state through which the instructor is certified, and (c) the instructor’s certification number. If the instructor is employed to teach the subject at a college or university, you will need to obtain that institution’s iPEDS number. This information will be recorded in the SIS when you enroll a student in the course. When enrolling a student in a Content Only course, you must indicate in the SIS the name of the person monitoring the course.