CLJ012_SYLLABUS07 - Criminology CLJ/SOC 012 Fall 2007...

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Criminology CLJ/SOC 012 Fall 2007 Syllabus Name:  Derek Kreager TA Zachary Hays Email:  dkreager@psu.edu zrh103@psu.edu   Office:  905 Oswald 904 Oswald Office Hours:  Mailbox:  211 Oswald 211 Oswald Class Location: Wartik 110 Class Meets: T, Th 4:15-5:30 History is nothing but a tableau of crimes and misfortunes. -Voltaire, 18 TH Century Philosopher COURSE OVERVIEW What is crime? How do we measure it and what are its causes? Can we do anything to prevent it? Exploring questions such as these will be at the heart of CLJ 012. This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of criminology and the work of criminologists over the last century. We will begin by asking the question “What is Crime?” From there, we will look at how crime is measured and what general patterns emerge from previous surveys of criminal behavior. Next, we will investigate various explanations of crime and the implications these theories have for crime control policies and social change. Finally, we will conclude with a discussion of what the future holds for crime and social control in American society. Throughout the quarter, you will be asked to understand and reflect on the foundations of criminological theory and research. Welcome to Criminology! OBJECTIVES The goals emphasized in this course are: Learning basic definitions and patterns of crime Recognizing and understanding predominant criminological theories Connecting sociological ideas with real-world phenomena Preparing students for higher-level criminological and sociological courses REQUIRED TEXTS Hunter, Ronald D. and Mark L. Dantzker. 2005. Crime and Criminality: Causes and Consequences. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press. Anderson, Elijah. 1999. Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City. New York. W.W. Norton. Additional readings and lecture notes will be posted on-line (through Angel). Lecture notes will NOT be available prior to class.
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COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS Reading and Class Participation: The success of this course depends on your prior preparation and attendance in class. The format of the class will vary day-by-day, and will include lectures, audio-visual materials, practical exercises, review sessions, and a mixture of these activities. Do not come to class late! Two In-Class Examinations:
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This note was uploaded on 05/18/2008 for the course SOC 012 taught by Professor Felson,richardb during the Fall '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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