Introduction to Crime
- Introduction to Crime
Sociological analysis of crime, criminal behavior, and the criminal justice system. Explores the history and social construction of crime and criminality and examines the definition of crime and its violations as well as the laws and methods used to control criminal behavior. Discuss measurement of crime and basic theoretical explanations of criminal behavior.
May be titled as “Introduction to Crime”.
Course will include:
- Major sociological theories of crime
- Definition and social construction of crime
- History of criminal law, policing, punishment and corrections
- Types of crime
- Crime data and social research on crime
- Crime intervention and prevention
- Criminal sentencing and incarceration
- Race, ethnicity, gender, age, class, sexuality, and crime
- Deviance and social control
- Victims and Victimization
- Violent and property crime
- White-collar and organized crime
- Crime and substance abuse
- Police, law enforcement, and the court system
- Competing perspectives on due process and criminal control models
- Issues in crime and criminal justice system
Other topics may include:
- Youth and crime
- Women, gender, and crime including sexual offenses
- Cross-cultural variation of crime
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Define the major concepts in criminology
2. Define the concept of social norms and explain why they exist in all cultures as a way to maintain social control.
3. Compare and contrast the sociological theories used to explain crime and criminal behavior.
4. Describe examples that illustrate the major criminology theories.
5. Compare and contrast the principles, procedures, and methods used by sociologists in the collection of crime-related data.
6. Analyze criminal patterns and trends.
7. Analyze society's means and methods of addressing criminal behavior.
8. Analyze crime rates and variations of criminality as they exist historically and cross-culturally and propose explanations for these variations.
9. Examine the role of the police, courts, and corrections as a means to enforce, sanction, and punish criminal acts.
10. Analyze the legal and criminal justice system as a social institution
11. Define and identify the types of crime and the people who commit them
12. Differentiate between actual crime and perceptions of crime
13. Analyze how race, gender, sexual orientation, age and class affect arrest, charging, and sentencing
14. Assess various types of intervention and prevention programs developed to reduce criminal behavior
Reflection and discussion
Small group activities
Adler, Freda, Mueller, Gerhard, and Laufer, William. Criminology and the Criminal Justice System
Criminal Justice Collective. Investigating Difference: Human and Cultural Relations in Criminal Justice.
Glick. Criminology. Quinney. The Social Reality of Crime. Transaction Publishers.
Reasons, Charles E., Darlene J. Conley and Julius Debro. Race, Class and Justice in the United States: A Text Reader.
Reid, Sue Titus. Crime and Criminology,
Reiman Jeffrey. Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice: The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison.
Siegel, Larry J. Criminology.
Wright Jr., Bradley R.E. and Ralph B. McNeal, Jr (eds). Boundaries:Readings in Deviance, Crime, and Justice.
sociology, criminal, crime, prison, criminal justice,
- September 09, 2010
- March 03, 2015