Sociology | Criminology
S325 | 3680 | Terri Winnick


Few phenomena pervade society to the degree that crime, criminal
behavior and the corrections process do, and few leave more of an
emotional impact.  Constant exposure to cultural messages surrounding
violent crime has dramaticized and exaggerated its pervasiveness and
the dangerousness of people caught up in the correctional system.
Just how broad is the range of criminal behavior, and to what degree
is crime socially constructed?  Which members of society are most
likely to engage in criminal behavior and/or be labeled criminal?
What are the most common approaches to controlling and correcting
criminal behavior and how efficacious are they?  This course is
designed to help us explore these questions sociologically and to
broaden our knowledge and clarify our perspective toward this
particular type of deviance.

The goal of this course is to give you tools to look analytically at
the economic, demographic and cultural factors which have shaped and
continue to shape criminal behavior and the corrections process.  We
will explore different types of offenses, and different approaches to
corrections.  Finally, I plan for us to learn some "real world"
criminology by interfacing at some (safe) level with those most
involved in and affected by the system, a group of offenders in a
nearby correctional facility.