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SOC 231
Fall 2010
Section: 01  

This course provides an introduction to the sociological study of crime and punishment. Crime is rarely far from news headlines or the public imagination. Every day, reports of drug dealing, muggings, and homicide fuel anxiety and debate about the problems of law and order. Here we consider such debates in the context of both a vision for a just society, and the everyday workings of the criminal justice system. The course is divided into three sections. We begin with an introduction to the historical meanings and measures of crime in society. We then situate the modern United States within this history. In part two we become familiar with the major ways that social scientists think about criminality and crime prevention. In part three we turn to considerations of punishment. We ask how punishment is conceptualized in the United States and other nations; whether the American system of mass imprisonment is effective; and how we might envision improvements and alternatives.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS SOC
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: SOC152 OR SOC151
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SOC)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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