Fall 2022  |  SOC 3101 Section 001: Sociological Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System (18733)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
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
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
West Bank Skyway AUDITORIUM
Enrollment Status:
Open (81 of 100 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:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?page+SOC3101+Fall2022
Class Description:

The goal of this course is to introduce students to sociological perspectives on the criminal justice system. We will critically examine the components, dynamics, and effects of policing, criminal courts, jails, prisons, and the death penalty. We will also explore ongoing efforts to reimagine criminal justice and produce racial justice. Honors students read an extra book and write a memo about it.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course, you will:

1. be able to think critically about law and criminal justice, and

2. have mastery of a significant body of knowledge about how criminal legal institutions work, how they reinforce or counter social inequalities, and alternative visions of justice;

3. have the ability to interpret and evaluate your own ideas and experiences related to law, crime, and justice within a broader sociological context.
30% Midterm Exam,
35% Final Exam,
30% Quizzes
5% Participation
Exam Format:
Essay and short answer (3 quizzes, 1 mid-term, 1 final)
Class Format:
40% Lecture,
5% Film/Video,
50% Discussion,
5% Small Group Activities
50-75 Pages Reading Per Week
2 Exam(s)
2 Quiz(zes)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
7 April 2022

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