This course name and description ONLY applies to academic year 2016-2017

SOC 13181-6: Studying Deviant Behavior and How Society Controls It

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Instructor: Michael Welch

This course is designed to help students acquire an understanding of criminal behavior in America and how society deals with it. Particular attention will be directed toward examining the fundamental concepts of criminal behavior and social control (both formal and informal types), as well as other important underlying questions (e.g., the necessity and limits of social control). Students will be introduced to important concepts and theoretical perspectives from criminology and the social sciences, and will be asked to apply what they learn in written commentaries and in intensive discussions of assigned readings. In addition to leading and participating in these class discussions, each student will be assigned to a research group. These groups will be required to construct and deliver an in-class presentation on an assigned topic that relates to the course. (First Year Studies Only)