Sociological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour
- Introduction and Overview
- Reviewing Sociological Paradigms and Concepts
- Determining What is Good Theory
- Distinguishing Different Types of Theories
- Social Context and Theories
- Conceptions of Deviance
- Theories and Perspectives
- The Classical School
- The Positive School
- The Functionalist Perspective
- Anomie / Strain and Opportunity Theories
- The Chicago School
- Social Disorganization
- Differential Association/Differential Opportunity
- Techniques of Neutralization
- Control/Containment Theories
- Culture, Radical and Analytical Conflict Theories
- Peacemaking Theories
- Postmodernist Theories
- Gender Theories
- Themes of Crime and Deviance, such as:
- Rape and Other Sexual Assaults
- Family Violence Including Sexual Abuse
- White Collar Crime
- Alcohol and Drug Issues
- Mental and Physical Illness as Deviance
The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:
- seminar presentations
- audio visual materials including video
- small group discussions
- research projects
- research papers
- online assignments
- online discussion groups
Evaluation will be based on course objectives and carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on some of the following:
- Short Answer Tests
- Oral Presentation
- Research Project/ Term Paper
- Class & Online discussion Participation
An example of one possible evaluation scheme would be:
|2 mid-semester exams
The primary objective of this course is to familiarize students with the general principles of sociological analysis. Students will learn to describe sociological explanations of law and sociological explanations of deviant and criminal behaviour. In addition, students will learn to critically evaluate and assess sociological theories of crime and deviance and discuss the implications of relevant research. Students will be able to apply specific theoretical perspectives to the exploration of how deviance and crime are created and maintained and how specific individuals become identified as deviant or criminal both within institutional and non-institutional settings.
At the successful conclusion of the course, students will be able to
1. Distinguish between scholarly and lay theores of crime & deviance.
2. Decribe and evaluate methods by which crime & deviance are studied empirically
3. Critically evaluate sociological theories of crime and deviance.
4. Distinguish between crime & deviance
5. Evaluate and apply theoretical explanations and perspectives to the processes by which crime & deviance are created and dealt with.
6. Critically assess positivist and constructionist approaches in the study of crime & deviance.
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:
Texts will be updated periodically. Typical examples are:
Reiman, J. (2015). The Rich Get Richer, The Poor Get Prison. (10th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Thio, A., Calhoun, T.C., Conyers, A. (2010). Readings in Deviant Behaviour. (6th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Additional texts may include:
Williams, F. P. & McShane, M. (2018). Criminological Theory. (7th ed.). New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
Brym, R.J. (2015). Sociology as a Life or Death Issue. (3rd ed.). Toronto: Pearson .
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca
|Institution||Transfer Details for CRIM 2252|
|Alexander College (ALEX)||ALEX SOCI 210 (3)|
|Camosun College (CAMO)||CAMO SOC 250 (3)|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU CRIM 101 (3)|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU CRIM 2331 (3)|
|North Island College (NIC)||NIC SOC 230 (3)|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU CRIM 104 (3)|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU SOCI 2XXX (3)|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU CRIM 1049 (3)|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU SOCI 2XX (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO SOCI 2nd (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV SOCI 250 (3) or UBCV SOCI 2nd (3)|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC SOSC 2XX (3)|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV CRIM 104 (3)|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC SOCI 2XX (1.5)|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU CRIM 103 (3)|