Spring 2024  |  SOC 8190 Section 001: Topics in Law, Crime, and Deviance -- Sociology of Punishment (65336)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
9 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Wed 11:45AM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1114
Enrollment Status:
Open (10 of 15 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Advanced topics in law, crime, and deviance. Social underpinnings of legal/illegal behavior and of legal systems.
Class Notes:
5 seats reserved for Sociology grad students. Click these links for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?page+SOC8190+Spring2024
Class Description:
This seminar is an intensive exploration of the Sociology of Punishment, which David Garland (1990: 10) defines as "that body of thought which explores the relations between punishment and society, its purpose being to understand legal punishment as a social phenomenon and thus trace its role in social life." The course focuses on the following questions, which are at the heart of the Sociology of Punishment: What are the purposes of criminal punishment? What determines the scope and character of criminal punishment? What is the relationship between criminal punishment and culture? What is the relationship between contemporary criminal punishment and social inequality and divisions? Why has imprisonment become the predominant mode of punishment in the United States and other industrial democracies? How do imprisonment and other forms of institutionalization affect prisoners and ex-prisoners? We will have fun.
Class discussions, reading memos, final paper.
Class Format:
20% Lecture
70% Discussion
10% Student Presentations
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
1 November 2023

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