CRJ 322 Entire Course The Criminal Mind


        CRJ 322 Week 1

DQ 1

Specify whether or not you believe there is a compelling public need to have four (4) (i.e., statistical, absolutist, reactivist, and normative) definitions of deviance. Next, debate the primary manner in which these four (4) views either clarify deviant behavior or muddle understanding of an individual’s actions that society does not consider a part of the social norm. Provide a rationale to support your response.


DQ 2

Use the Internet or the Strayer Library to research one (1) criminal case from your state in which authorities found the defendant to be engaging in deviant behavior. Next, identify the type of deviant behavior in which the defendant was engaged, and specify three (3) characteristics of the defendant’s behavior that likely led the authorities to consider his or her actions deviant. Next, explain if the deviant behavior impacts the defendant’s ability to have a jury of his or her peers. Justify your position.


CRJ 322 Case study 1 deviant behaviors


                                                                                   CRJ 322 Week 2

DQ 1

Based on Chapter 3 of the textbook, compare and contrast the following social controls: internalization of group norms and social reaction. Next, justify which social control you believe is more compelling or if you believe both social controls are equally compelling in regards to the sanctioning of behaviors associated with individuals in a social group. Justify your response.


DQ 1

Chapter 4 of the textbook identifies major theories that focus on discovering the underlying causes of deviance. Review the underlying cause of biology and inherited behavior then suggest two (2) possible outcomes for each. Next, determine whether either of these underlying causes can be treated and corrected to allow an individual to align his or her thinking with the majority. Provide support for your response.


CRJ 322 Case Study 2 White Collar Crimes



                                                                                            CRJ 322 Week 3

DQ 1

The law of the United States punishes only culpable behavior and thus the legal principles of mens rea (i.e., guilty mind) and actus rea (i.e., the forbidden act or omission) form the basis of a criminal prosecution. Compare and contrast these two (2) concepts then specify whether the concurrent occurrence of these elements is more beneficial to the prosecution or the defense. Justify your response.




Go to the FindLaw Website located at or use the Internet to research “Three Strikes” sentencing laws. Next, based on the textbook and your research, analyze the importance of “Three Strike” sentencing laws as they relate to a career criminal engaging in more complex criminal activities as a means of completing his or her identity. Support your response with two (2) examples of such cases.


CRJ 322 Case Study 3 SUICIDE


CRJ 322 Week 4

DQ 1

Suggest three (3) key elements of identifying white-collar crimes.


DQ 2

Next, determine at least two (2) federal criminal statutes that government agencies commonly use to convict white-collar criminals then specify two (2) main reasons why government agencies commonly use the statutes in question. Justify your response.


DQ 3


Review three (3) types of costs (i.e., financial, physical, and social) that result from white-collar crime. Next, debate which costs you believe result in the greatest loss to society. Provide support for your response.





                                                                                   CRJ 322 Week 5

DQ 1

Use the Internet or Strayer Library to locate and review one (1) article which discusses the use of marijuana to treat medical illness. Next, specify three (3) fundamental advantages and three (3) fundamental disadvantages of using marijuana to treat medical illness. Next, take a position on whether or not the use of medical marijuana should constitute deviant behavior. Provide a rationale to support your response.


DQ 2

Compare and contrast three (3) social attitudes towards abuse of illegal drugs vs. prescription drugs. Next, examine one (1) tactic that legislative bodies (federal and state) have taken in order to curtail the abuse of illegal and prescription drugs. Provide evidence to support your response


CRJ 322 Case Study 5 Mental Disorders


CRJ 322 Week 6


DQ 1

Read the article titled “DUI Offense Basics”, located at Next, give your opinion as to whether the standards for use of the “field sobriety test” versus the “chemical test” are too subjective for a police officer’s use. Next, analyze the manner in which a judge could refute an officer’s choice to use either test or its results during court proceedings. Justify your response.


DQ 2

Based on Chapter 9 of the textbook, suggest three (3) reasons why alcoholism should or should not be classified as a disease. Next, speculate on one (1) approach for addressing the ethical issue(s) that may arise as a result of your determination. Provide support for your position.


CRJ 322 Week 7


Based on Chapter 10 of the textbook, examine three (3) types of suicide then compare and contrast these three (3) suicide types. Next, determine whether criminalization of suicide would be a reasonable social control to prevent suicide. Provide support for your position.



Propose three (3) instances when experts would consider suicide a “mental illness” versus a simple “intentional act”. Next, analyze the significance of determining when suicide would be considered a “mental illness” versus a simple “intentional act” then speculate on two (2) fundamental consequence of not having these parameters established. Justify your response.


CRJ 322 Week 8


Go to the FindLaw Website located at or use the Internet to research “Sex Offenders and Sex Offenses.”  Next, specify two (2) fundamental advantages and two (2) disadvantages of state or federal criminalization for two (2) of the researched offenses in deterring heterosexual deviance. Next, take a position as to whether or not the local, state, or federal government should govern two (2) consenting adults using the Internet to engage in adult activities. Provide a rationale to support your response.



Choose three (3) areas of heterosexuality that define “sexual norms” in the United States. Next, specify two (2) characteristics of heterosexuals that define “deviations from sexual norms” then propose one (1) recommendation that could bring social views regarding intimacy to a “middle of the road” position. Provide rationale to support your response.


CRJ 322 Week 9


Go to the Case Brief Website located at or use the Internet to research “Bowers v. Hardwick, 478 U.S. 186 (1986).”  Next, analyze the manner in which the defendant, Michael Hardwick, argued that his right to privacy protected him against the Georgia sodomy law. Next, debate whether or not such a law can remain constitutional when same-sex marriage has been ratified in nearly thirty (30) states. Provide support for your response.


Based on Chapter 12 from the textbook, homosexuality encompasses both specific kinds of sexual behaviors and a more general sexual orientation. Examine the overall impact that homosexuality has on the United States’ definition of a “nuclear family”. Next, give your opinion as to whether this changing trend is permanent or simply a “phase.” Justify your response


CRJ 322 Week 10


Support or criticize the following statement: Society is ambivalent towards disability. Next, determine two (2) areas of society that define our “appearance norms”. Justify your position.


Compare and contrast three (3) fundamental differences between the terms “disability” and “physical disability.” Next, suggest one (1) example for each of these terms which demonstrates the key differences between them.


CRJ 322 Week 11


Rate the three (3) most important concepts that you have learned in this course in order of importance (one [1] being the most important; three [3], the least). Provide a rationale for your rating scheme.


Specify the primary manner in which you could apply the concepts of this course to your current or future work position.