Spring 2020  |  SOC 8111 Section 001: Criminology (65586)

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
01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020
Fri 02:30PM - 05:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1114
Enrollment Status:
Open (8 of 15 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Overview of theoretical developments and empirical research. Underlying assumptions, empirical generalizations, and current controversies in criminological research.
Class Notes:
4 seats reserved for Sociology PhD students. Click on this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?uggen001+SOC8111+Spring2020
Class Description:
DESCRIPTION This seminar offers a graduate-level foundation of theory and new empirical research in sociological criminology. Our focus is definitive statements from important theoretical traditions, critical empirical tests of these theories, critiques of the theories or the research generated by them, public criminology, and attempts to translate theory into policy. You will read and discuss a host of classic and cutting-edge research articles throughout the semester, but I've tried to limit the number of required readings to about five per week. The recommended readings are all exemplary work on the topic that should be on your reading lists but won't be discussed in our weekly meetings unless student interest is very high. I have put a lot of my own work on this syllabus not because it is exemplary (it is not) but so that I can share reviews and backstage details about the research and publication process that may be helpful to you. The Kubrin volume offers an excellent introductory overview of this research literature, while also helping to fill gaps in coverage.
Who Should Take This Class?:
The course is recommended for students who wish to teach, research, and engage with (professional, public, policy, and critical) criminology.
Learning Objectives:
OBJECTIVES The course will help you develop a clear and up-to-date understanding of the dominant theoretical traditions in criminology. This knowledge is absolutely fundamental to teaching criminology at the college level and to developing graduate reading lists and publishing research in the area. We will work through empirical pieces by many of the best sociological criminologists. As you develop your own research, it is useful to see how others have translated propositions into testable hypotheses, devised appropriate methodologies to test them, and presented the results to diverse audiences. The course is also intended to stimulate your thinking about questions at the intersection of science and public policy. These include how we produce our knowledge, its relevance to lives outside the academy (and penitentiary), and the utility of crime theories and criminologists. Such big-picture considerations may help you to choose the level of abstraction at which you work and the contributions you would like to make as teachers and researchers. I'll also encourage you to developing your own goals, mission, and orientation to the field (e.g., I study crime, law, punishment, and deviance because I believe that good science can light the way to a more just and peaceful world). Finally, a graduate seminar should encourage your professional development as you transition from student to independent social scientist. I will share anonymous reviews, letters from funding agencies and journal editors, and other materials that may show you another side of the research and publication process.
60% Reports/Papers
20% In-class Presentations
20% Class Participation
Exam Format:
No exams.
Class Format:
15% Lecture
50% Discussion
20% Student Presentations
10% Guest Speakers
5% Web Based
100-150 Pages Reading Per Week
30 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Paper(s)
1 Presentation(s)
1 Special Project(s)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 October 2019

ClassInfo Links - Spring 2020 8000 Level Sociology Classes Taught by Christopher Uggen

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