Spring 2022  |  SOC 3102 Section 001: Criminal Behavior and Social Control (53538)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 10
Enrollment Status:
Open (107 of 110 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:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?walkerml+SOC3102+Spring2022
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 who performed well in SOC 1101 and who are interested in a deeper understanding of patterns of crime control and subsequent outcomes.
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 being one percentage point of the final grade, making it easy for students to calculate their standing at any point during the semester.
There are five essays (20pts/ea)--none of which can be longer than two pages double-spaced, using Times New Roman 12pt font.

Each essay prompt asks students to critically engage a topic covered during the previous weeks. The essays are meant to be concise, well supported with course content and other peer-reviewed research.
Exam Format:
There are no exams for this course.
Class Format:
Class meetings are part lecture and part discussion of course material.

The lectures will marry abstract theories and concepts with practical applications to show how social theory works in real life.

Periodically, we meet specifically to discuss a practical matter--usually a contemporary one--that is occurring in our criminal justice system.
​Approximately 90 pages of reading per week
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
15 October 2021

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