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Description for SOCIOL104L: The goals of the course are to give students a theoretical and empirical foundation of the criminal justice system. Topics will also include the nature of victimization, the inner workings of the criminal justice system and the outcomes for offenders leaving the system. The student will be exposed to the critical issues in justice, be involved in discussions of their impact on American society, and be asked to consider alternative approaches to addressing these issues. In addition, during the discussion of each segment of the American system of justice, comparisons will be made with other developed and developing nations’ justice systems.
Description for SOCIOL160: A course concentrating on institutional formation and change. Specifically, it covers the definition and explanation of social problems, individual, group and governmental responses to them, implications of social policy, in-depth case studies, and discussion of contemporary social problems.
Description for SOCIOL261: This course examines the conditions and processes underlying social conformity and deviance. Discussion topics include social definitions of deviance, societal reactions to deviant behavior, deviant subcultures, and social control processes.
Description for SOCIOL262L: A general survey and analysis of adult crime. Attention to historical development of criminological thought, societal reaction to crime, and behavioral systems. Emphasis on theories of criminality and issues in the administration of justice by police and courts.
Prerequisite: SOCIOL 101.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Distribution: Social and Behavioral Sciences Crosslisted: CRMJUS 262L.
Description for SOCIOL316: This course seeks to help participants develop a critical understanding of force and violence within the family structure. Emphasis is on violence between spouses, and between children and parents; and on the prevalence, the character, and the causes of such violence. Topics also include society’’s reaction to family violence, and its policies of control and treatment; and the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and women.
Description for SOCIOL321L: An examination of racial and ethnic relations in contemporary society, including the history and sociology of the immigration experience, bilingual education, the nature and character of discrimination, neighborhood change, and racial and ethnic conflict.
Prerequisite: SOCIOL 101.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Distribution: Social and Behavioral Sciences Diversity: United States Crosslisted: CRMJUS 321L.
Description for SOCIOL367L: This course examines the social origins and consequences of the use and abuse of consciousness-altering substances (including alcohol). It considers how society defines and deals with drug use and assesses social harm, including such issues as addictions and health effects, drugs and crime, the legislation debate, and drug policy and enforcement.
Description for SOCIOL382: This course analyzes the sociological determinants and consequences of gender-that is, how societies assign specific expectations, advantages, and disadvantages to people on the basis of the biological fact of their sex. It examines the inequality between men and women that is a feature of the structure of many societies, as well as the social-psychological dimensions influencing individual behavior.
Description for SOCIOL465L: An examination of police as a system of social control; a survey of major studies of police by sociologists and government commissions. Emphasis placed on police organization, patterns and consequences of police training, historical and cross-cultural perspectives of police systems and studies of police discretion and police-citizen interaction.
Description for SOCIOL467L: A general analysis of the social origins and consequences of law and legal process; special emphasis on law as a method of conflict resolution and as a social control structure, and on law and social change. Attention also given to law in other societies, including non-literate societies, to the evolution and development of legal structures, and to patterns of due process and criminal law.