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Syllabus Spring 2008

Syllabus Spring 2008 - UNION COLLEGE Department of...

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UNION COLLEGE Department of Sociology Spring 2008 Crime and Justice in Society (Sociology 261) Times: Tuesday & Thursday: 4:55 pm – 6:40 pm Room: SSCI 017 Instructor: Jenny Dillman Marks, MA; MSW Office: 36 Union Avenue - Room 204 Telephone: (518) 330-3037 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays before & after class and by appointment. Please feel free to contact me if problems, concerns or questions arise regarding any aspect of the course. You are welcome to send me an email message, or leave a voice message on my phone at any time. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will focus on the social construction of crime and criminal behavior. Basic crime theory will be used as an analytical framework for understanding what constrains and motivates criminal behavior. Primary focus for this course is on the corrections system. Throughout the course, the complexities and challenges of the corrections system will be explored using a critical lens toward issues of power, class, race, ethnicity, gender, and geography, and how these phenomena intersect with corrections, public perception, and each other. The history of correctional thought and practice, as well as consideration of the consequences and effects of modern-day practices will also be discussed. Course content will be introduced and examined through readings, lectures, discussions, small group work, and a variety of assignments in and out of the classroom. REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS: 1. Clear, T.R., Cole, G.F., & Reisig, M.D. (2009) American Corrections (8 th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing 2. Agnew, R. (2005) Why Do Criminals Offend: A General Theory of Crime and Delinquency . Los Angeles: Oxford University Press 3. Lamb, W. & Women at York Correctional Center (2003). Couldn’t Keep It to Myself: New York: Harper Collins 1
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COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Attendance and Participation (worth 10 points) :
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