OPEN TO NYU STUDENTS How do sociologists think about mass-incarceration, stop and frisk, “Ban the Box” on college applications, insider trading, and sexual assault on college campuses? This course is designed as an introduction to the sociology of crime. Drawing on a variety of theories and methods, the goal of the course is to teach students how to think and write critically about crime, social control, criminal justice, and stratification. The class will explore theories of crime and social inequality and ask: What is crime? Who defines crime? Who benefits from these definitions? Who is deemed a criminal? At its core, the course studies how society constructs and responds to crime differently in varied social contexts and based on individuals’ identities. First, we will focus on policing, crime, and penal institutions, exploring topics such as NYC’s Stop, Question, and Frisk, crime and gentrification, the school-to-prison pipeline, and the carceral state in public schools. The second half of the course will focus on income, race, ethnicity, immigration, gender, sexuality, and crime. We will discuss corporate crime, mass-incarceration, the criminalization of poverty and immigrants, sexual violence, and sexual deviance. The course is empirically grounded in American history and politics and incorporates work from sociology, news media, documentaries, and social media.

Examines the making of criminal laws and their enforcement by police, courts, prisons, probation and parole, and other agencies. Criminal behavior systems, theories of crime and delinquency causation, victimization, corporate and governmental crime, and crime in the mass media. Policy questions.






Summer 2019

Matthew McCreery Wolfe
MTR: 1:30 PM - 3:35 PM; MTR: 1:30 PM - 3:35 PM SILV 510

Fall 2019

Edwin Yusef Grimsley
F: 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM; F: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM 7E12 LL25
Karen Miner-Romanoff
M: 4:55 PM - 7:25 PM 194M 203