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Course Information

This LibGuide is in support of CRIM 310, Advanced Theoretical Perspectives as taught by Jon Heidt in Winter 2022.

For more research tips, see the general Criminal Justice LibGuide.


Week 1 - Ideas Have Consequences: Theory and the Real World


Textbook H&W. 
Chapter 1 “Basic Principles of Theorizing and Mapping”
Chapter 2 “The Seven Step Model and Early Explanations of Criminality”

Week 2 - Searching for the Criminal Man: Classical School and Positivist Theories


Textbook H&W.
Chapter 3 “Biological Positivist Theories”
Chapter 4 “Psychological Positivist Theories”

Week 3 - Hangin’ Out with the Wrong Crowd: Learning Criminal Behavior


Textbook H&W.
Chapter 5 “Psychological Process Theories”
Chapter 6 “Differential Association-Social Learning Theories”

Week 4 - Searching for the Perfect Family: Controlling Criminal Behavior


Textbook H&W.
Chapter 7 “Control Theories”

Week 5 - The World is a Stage: The Labeling Process and Criminal Behavior


Textbook H&W. 
Chapter 8 “Labeling Theories”


Week 6 - Under Pressure: Structural Aspects of Crime


Textbook H&W
Chapter 9 “Social Disorganization Theories”
Chapter 10 “Social Strain and Anomie Theories”


Week 7 - First Exam - In class with a one-hour time limit.

Readings: No readings or lecture for this week.

Week 8 - Fighting it Out: Conflict, Criminalization, and Crime


Textbook H&W. 
Chapter 11 “Conflict Theories”

Textbook and Course Readings

The course  textbook is Introducing Criminological Thinking: Maps, Theories and Understanding  by J. Heidt and J.P. Weldon, and will be available to purchase in the UFV Bookstore. The UFV Library also has one print copy.

To access the other articles click on the link provided.  If you are off campus, you may be asked to log in using your username (UFV student number) and password (myUFV password.)

The book chapter for Week 10 (Neil Boyd) is a posted within the Blackboard course.

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Week 9 - The Criminologies of Everyday Life: Rational Choices and Crime

Week 10 - Still Searching for that Criminal Man: Biosocial Explanations


  1. Textbook H&W. Chapter 14 “Biosocial Theories”
  2. Boyd, Neil (2000). “The Testosterone Connection.”  The Beast Within:  Why Men Are Violent.  CA:  Greystone Books (Reading is posted in Blackboard course)

Week 11 - Pulling it all Together: Integration in Criminology


  1. Textbook H&W. Chapter 13 “General and Integrated Theories”
  2. Textbook H&W. Chapter 15 “Developmental and Life Course Theories

Week 12 - The Future of Criminology: New Methods of Theory Building

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