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ETSU - SOC 3310 - Class Notes - Week 1

School: East Tennessee State University
Department: Sociology
Course: Criminology
Term: Fall 2016
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Name: SOCI 3310 Criminology Chapter 1 Vocab
Description: Clear and concise vocabulary and definitions!
Uploaded: 09/19/2016
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background image SOCI 3310­904 Criminology Ch. 1 Terms Key Terms actus reus: the actual criminal act of which a defendant is accused. common law: the system of law originating in medieval England and emphasizing court 
decisions and customs.
conflict: as used in sociology and criminology, refers to a theory that assumes that people 
disagree on norms and act with self­interest because of their disparate socioeconomic positions.
consensus: as used in sociology and criminology, refers to a theory that people agree on 
norms despite their disparate socioeconomic positions.
crime: behavior that is considered so harmful that it is banned by a criminal law. criminal intent: having the desire to commit a crime. criminogenic: crime causing. criminology: the study of the making of laws, the breaking of laws, and society's reaction to the
breaking of laws.
customs: norms that are unwritten and informal. debunking motif: part of the sociological perspective; refers to the challenge sociology poses 
to conventional understandings of social institutions and social reality.
dependent variable: an attitude or behavior that changes because of the influence of an 
independent variable.
deviance: behavior that violates accepted norms and arouses negative social reactions. duress: threats or coercion on another to commit a crime. felony: a serious criminal offense punishable by a prison term of more than 1 year. generalize: to apply knowledge of particular cases to other, similar cases. independent variable: a sociodemographic characteristic or other trait that influences changes 
in a dependent variable.
laws: written, formal norms. longitudinal studies: research in which the same people are studied over time. mala in sebehaviors that are wrong in and of themselves. mala prohibitabehaviors that are wrong only because they are prohibited by law. mens reaa guilty mind; refers to an individual having criminal intent.

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Department: Sociology
Course: Criminology
Term: Fall 2016
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Description: Clear and concise vocabulary and definitions!
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