Spring 2020  |  SOC 3101 Section 001: Sociological Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System (53011)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
SOC 3101H Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Anderson Hall 230
Enrollment Status:
Open (100 of 105 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course introduces students to a sociological account of the U.S. criminal justice system. We will critically examine the components, dynamics, and effects of policing, criminal courts, community supervision, jails, and prisons. Throughout the course, we focus on sociological understandings of these processes, with particular attention to ethnic, racial, class, and gender inequalities as well as long-term problems associated with the high rate of criminal justice supervision in the U.S. prereq: [SOC 1001] recommended, Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
2 seats reserved for PSEO students through 12/12/2019. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?page+SOC3101+Spring2020
Class Description:
The goal of this course is to help students develop an introductory understanding of the criminal punishment system in the United States. We study law enforcement, courts, prisons, jails, parole, and capital punishment. Additionally, we analyze the relationships between criminal punishment and social processes, including: ethnic, racial and class inequality; political and economic change; and popular representations of crime and criminals. Honors students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion, depth and to a degree length of writing assignments, presentations, and leadership of the students.
30% Midterm Exam,
30% Final Exam,
30% Quizzes,
10% Class Participation
Exam Format:
Essay and short answer (3 quizzes, 1 mid-term, 1 final)
Class Format:
45% Lecture,
5% Film/Video,
40% Discussion,
5% Small Group Activities,
5% Guest Speakers
50-75 Pages Reading Per Week
2 Exam(s)
2 Quiz(zes)
Other Workload: There will be three opportunities for extra credit, all of which include writing.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 November 2016

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