Learning objective 1: Apply theories of crime to real life incidents
Learning activity 1: Case study – Using one of the case studies in the textbook, consider the ways in which some of the theories we have seen would explain the situation described. Which theoretical concepts are in evidence in this case study?
Learning objective 2: Compare and contrast the different types of crime statistics and what they tell us about crime and victimization.
Learning activity 2: Crime statistics exercise – Using current official crime statistics and victimization survey data, answer questions pertaining to the information these statistical reports contain (variations in crime rates over time and space, by type of crime, demographic data about offenders and victims…). Enumerate the strengths and weaknesses of these two types of data about crime. What do they tell us? What do they not tell us?
Learning activity 3: Case study – Using a current news story about crime (or one of the case studies in the textbook), examine the profile of the offender and/or the victim. What are their demographic characteristics? How do these resemble or differ from the statistical profile of offenders/victims? What about the offence? How would it be characterized? Is it a common offence? (Note: This learning activity could also support a learning objective around analyzing and critiquing news media content about crime and justice issues.)