Spring 2023  |  SOC 3101 Section 001: Sociological Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System (52662)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
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
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 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/?phelps+SOC3101+Spring2023
Class Description:
The goal of this course is to introduce students to a sociological account of the criminal justice system. We will critically examine the components, dynamics, and effects of policing, criminal courts, jails, prisons, and community supervision. Specific topics include how certain behaviors are defined as crime, how police and the courts function, and the experience of imprisonment and barriers individuals face after they are released from prison. We will also investigate how police, jails, prisons, and other criminal justice agencies responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the course, we focus on sociological understandings of these processes, with particular attention to ethnic,racial, class,and gender inequality. Assignments will include books, reports, articles, podcasts, and documentaries.

The course meets the Liberal Education requirements of Civil Life and Ethics. Courses with this designation are carefully designed to address the components, dynamics, and philosophical underpinnings of criminal justice through the Liberal Education critical framework.

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. Honors students are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion and will be assigned additional reading and writing assignments.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students interested in the criminal justice system.
Learning Objectives:
To become familiar with the criminal justice system in the United States.
Grading:
50% Quizzes + Participation
25% Midterm Essay
25% Final Essay or Project
Exam Format:
Multiple choice, short answers, and essays
Class Format:
TBD -- In person if college approves large in person classes
Workload:
50-100 Pages reading per week (+ videos, podcasts, etc.)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/52662/1233
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
11 March 2021

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