Fall 2020  |  SOC 3102 Section 001: Criminal Behavior and Social Control (14523)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/08/2020 - 12/16/2020
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (79 of 80 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will address the social and legal origins of crime and crime control with a focus on general theories of deviance/crime and present an overview of forms of social control. We will critically examine criminological, sociological and legal theories that explain the causes of crime and other misdeeds. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in an asynchronous format. There are no scheduled meeting times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?walkerml+SOC3102+Fall2020
Class Description:

This course concerns the social and legal origins of crime control. Students will critically examine criminal justice systems from three interrelated themes: status, criminalization, and social control. Specifically, students will respond to the following questions: What role does social status play in our criminal justice system? Who and what gets criminalized and how does this relate to status? How are social controls stratified across the U.S., and how do they relate to status?

Who Should Take This Class?:
Students interested in understanding how criminal justice outcomes become patterned by race, class, and gender will find this course interesting.
Learning Objectives:
By the end of the semester, students should be able to: (1) critically examine policing, court, and penal practices that lead to patterned outcomes by race, class, and gender; (2) locate current criminal justice trends and practices within a larger historical perspective
The grading scale will be from 0 - 100 with each point earned or loss being one percentage point of your final grade. (Students will find it easy to calculate their standing in the class.)
Essays: five, 1-page, double-spaced essays (10pts each)
Model: in-class theoretical models of violence (5pts each)
Project: presentation of material--no more than 5 minutes (25pts); typewritten explanation of presentation (15pts)
Exam Format:
There will not be exams; however, see the "Grading" section for details about course assignments.
Class Format:
My approach in class involves tethering abstract theories and concepts to everyday human practices with the goal of showing how social theory works in real life. I use a lot of pictures, video, and audio to show culture in action and to interrogative existing theories and possibly integrate theory whenever possible. We want to better understand and explain our social world.
​Approximately 60 pages of reading per week
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
15 October 2018

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