UW-Madison SOC 441 - Syllabus (10 pages)

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University of Wisconsin, Madison
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Soc 441 - Criminology
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SOCIOLOGY 441 CRIMINOLOGY Spring 2011 Social Science 6104 Mondays and Wednesdays 4 00 5 15 pm Instructor Office No Office Hours Office Phone Email Address Cecile David Ph D 2452 Social Sciences Thursdays 10 am 12 pm or by appt 608 265 2368 cdavid ssc wisc edu Teaching Assistant Office No Email Address Discussion Sessions Robert Chiles 7110 Social Sciences rchiles ssc wisc edu MONDAYS 301 302 303 304 305 Course Description and Goals This course is an introduction to criminology the study of crime and the theoretical perspectives which explain criminal behavior and the causes of crime We will learn how crime is defined and measured and how criminal actions are classified We will examine social and psychological explanations of criminal acts and criminal behavior the social structural theories of criminal law and crime rates and the different theories regarding treatment control correctional methods and the administration of justice We will review some of the institutions that are part of the criminal justice system law enforcement correctional facilities and the legal system and how the theoretical foundations in criminology impact their systems and processes While this course focuses mainly on the United States we will conclude with a comparative study of criminological approaches and research in other countries The course is divided into three parts The first part will provide an overview of the criminal legal system and how the social construction of criminality is viewed and perpetuated by the media We then delve into the measurement of crime and researchers attempts to understand criminal behavior and actions We will evaluate how crime is defined and calculated at the local and national level and we will assess how the correlates of crime are the most common variables used in looking at the prevalence and determinants of crime criminals and victims Finally we will discuss the difficulties faced in researching crime particularly the under reporting of crime and



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