SOCI 123: Crime and Delinquency

This course is an introduction to the sociological study of crime. This course concentrates on the social facts of crime, such as the criminal justice system and the structure of economic inequality, as well as social processes, such as the development of criminal identities through interactions with criminals. We also discuss the environments in which people are embedded, with particular attention to the disruptive settings of the American urban underclass. Finally, we discuss several important sociological theories concerning crime and their implications for public policy.

Required Text:

  • Barkan, Criminology: A Sociological Understanding, 6th edition, 2014

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