Introduction to Criminology

Primary Number: SOC 20732

ConStudies Number: CNST 20403

ConStudies CRN: 24085

Primary CRN: 21632

Instructor: Thomas, Mim

Day/Time: MW 5:05pm-6:20pm

Attributes: SOSC - old Core Social Science (SOSC) WKSS - new Core Social Science (WKSS)

Location: DeBartolo Hall 129

Introduction to Criminology provides students with an overview of the sociological study of law making, law breaking and the resulting social responses. In this class we not only look at a variety of crimes, but we also discuss the varying methods sociologists use to collect, interpret and evaluate data, as well as how we theorize about crime and punishment. We address questions such as "Why are some people or groups labeled as criminal, while others are not?" "Do laws in both their construction and enforcement serve everyone's interests equally?" "How can the communities in which people are embedded be considered as criminogenic?" "How are poverty, race, gender and other social factors related to crime?"