Criminal Justice-COAS | Theories of Crime and Deviance
P200 | 0188 | Gray
In the 21st century it is becoming extremely less likely to find
people who have not in one way or another been affected by crime.
As a result, questions about the definition, causes,
perpetrators/victims, and solutions to crime are continually being
asked by researchers and concerned citizens. The goal of this
course will be to explore some plausible answers to the main
questions about the nature or crime. We will begin with the
discussion about how crime is conceptualized and operationalized in
our society; examining such correlates as race, age, and gender.
This discussion will also include an analysis of recent crime
trends. We will then look at the positivist and classical
perspectives from which much of Criminal Justice theory has
evolved. Throughout the remainder of the course we will continue to
examine other perspectives such as: sociological (e.g. strain
theory, differential association theory), cultural/subcultural and
developmental (e.g. life-course theories).
Text: Lanier, M. & Henry, S. (1998). Essential Criminology.
Boulder: Westview Press.
Attendance 40 points
Class Participation 60 points
Mid-session exam 25 points
Final exam 35 points
Class Presentation 40 points
Total 200 points
Class meeting: 8:55-10:10, D, SE 140
Instructor: Shani Gray, criminal justice department