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What is Crime?
Human conduct in violation of the criminal laws of the federal government, a state, or a local jurisdiction that has the power to make such laws
the willful (nonnegligent) killing of one human being by another
penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim
the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force of violence and/ or by putting the victim in fear

aggravated assault

an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury


unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft


the unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another

motor vehicle theft

the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle


any willful or malicious burning or attempting to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.
What is Criminology?

an interdisciplinary profession built around the scientific study of crime and criminal behavior, including their forms, causes, legal aspects, and control



violent crime, property crime



biological, psychological, sociological


Legal aspects

creation of laws



enforcement of laws

one who studies crime, criminals, and criminal behavior

Theory (criminology)

a series of interrelated propositions that attempts to describe, explain, predict, and ultimately control some class of events
Research (criminology)

the use of standardized, systematic procedures in the search for knowledge

Taking Criminology to the Movies

Quote by Rafter and Brown

"...criminology is hard at work in culture and that is hard at work in criminology"

Culture (criminology)

the values, norms, and material goods characteristic of a given group

Popular culture (criminology)

those aspects of culture intended for the general public



Why Popular Criminology?

the overwhelming presence of crime in popular culture

-Most Popular Crime TV Series

-Most Popular Crime Feature Films

Images - representations - have meaning


they shape how we think about crime and formulate public policy

Why Popular Criminology?

Films purpose

therefore, crime films give us an opportunity to learn more about the nature of crime

-Natural Born Killers