012w1d2 - Marijuana Smoking Is it a crime? Why? Is it...

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Is it a crime? Why? Is it a crime? Why? Is it deviant? Why? Is it deviant? Why? Does it depend? On What? Does it depend? On What? Marijuana Smoking Marijuana Smoking
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Today’s Class Defining Crime and Deviance Perspectives on Law Consensus Views Conflict Views Defining Criminology The Domains of Criminology
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Crime and Deviance Crime – action or failure to act that is prohibited by law and subject to legal sanction . Crimes of omission, ex. Not providing for children Deviance – acts, persons, or conditions that society finds offensive, disvalues, or condemns Deviant acts have social sanctions, not necessarily legal sanctions Most criminal acts are deviant, but only some deviant acts are criminal. Examples of criminal acts that aren’t deviant? Examples of deviant acts that aren’t criminal?
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Legal Requirements for Guilt Actus Reus – The criminal act Must be voluntary Examples of involuntary behavior: insanity, accidents,
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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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