Sociological Explanations of Crime and Deviance
This course introduces students to sociological theories of crime and deviance that have made significant contributions to the development of the discipline of Criminology. Theories will be examined in their historical, social, and political contexts, with a focus on how constructions of crime and deviance have changed over time. Many of the prominent theories covered during this course include social ecology and strain, social learning, subcultural theories and group conflict, social control, labeling perspectives, feminist, and other critical perspectives. In addition to tracing the roots of contemporary theories to earlier frameworks, students are introduced to current applications of these theories and their policy implications.