Emphasis on sociological theories concerning the nature, sources, control, and prevention of crime. Topics include current trends in U.S. crime rates; media coverage of crimes; patterns of victimization; characteristics of property crimes, violent crimes, drug crimes, corporate crimes, political crimes and vice. Critical examination of current law enforcement and correctional policies and practices. Offered Fall. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
Criminology: A Sociological Understanding
By Barkan, Steven (Prentice Hall) Category/Comments - Core Text Recommended
Criminology: Theories, Patterns and Typologies
By Siegel, Larry J. (Cengage) Category/Comments - Core Text Recommended
Criminology: Connecting Theory, Research and Practice
By Chambliss, William and Aida Hass (McGraw-Hill) Category/Comments - Core Text Recommended
Crime and Criminology
By Reid, Sue Titus (McGraw Hill) Category/Comments - Core Text Recommended
Criminology: A Sociological Approach
By Beirne, Piers and James W. Messerschmidt Category/Comments - Core Text Recommended
A Plague of Prisions
By Drucker, Ernest (New Press) Category/Comments - Supplemental text Recommended
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
By Venkatesh, Sudhir (Penguin) Category/Comments - Supplemental text Recommended
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
By Alexander, Michelle (New Press) Category/Comments - Supplemental text Recommended
Our Punitive Society
By Shelden, Randall G. Category/Comments - Supplemental Text Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Identify the components of different criminological theories.
Articulate the methods used in research on crime.
Explain the factors contributing to violence in society.
Evaluate the merits of various approaches to incarceration.
Evaluate the consequences of the war on drugs.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Current crime trends.
Media coverage and the public’s perception of crime.
Individualist theories of crime.
Sociological theories of crime.
The family and crime.
Gender and crime.
The war on drugs.
White collar and corporate crime.
Law enforcement and prosecution.
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.