Criminology

SAME AS LWSOC-UA.0503.

NOT OPEN TO PRECOLLEGE 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.

Course Information

SOC-UA 503

Undergraduate

4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Summer 2017

6W2
Chantal Annise Hailey
MTR: 1:30 PM - 3:35 PM; MTR: 1:30 PM - 3:35 PM TISC LC15

Fall 2017

1
Sarah E Iverson
TR: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 194M 203
1
Jo Dixon
TR: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 194M 203

Spring 2018

1
Jo Dixon
TR: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 19W4 102