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Index of Topics on Site Minimal Requirements for CRMJ/SOCA 233: Criminology
The following categories and timelines were set up to help guide you through a reasonable scheduling of the course preparations and your measurements of learning. Few of us in today's fast track are reasonable. But having a schedule to react against is sometimes a solace. We have tried to indicate our minimal requirements for passing the course. Getting a B or an A, as in any course, depends on doing exceptional work. Your actual preparations and your grade are up to you. Sometimes it makes more sense to take a B, and live your life more fully. For many of us, these are "the good old days." Our respect for you and your right to answerability does NOT depend on your grade.

There are numerous examples of how to submit and edit your submissions, oral or written, if you want to improve your grade.

Because so much of our work is up online you have more latitude to adapt your learning to your lived experience. That doesn't mean that you should wait until the last week of school to focus on this course. At that point you may not like our answer. Remember, dialog is a two-way or multi-way discourse, not monologic. And if you leave all your work until the last week, you don't leave us much room for answering, and you're not likely to have aesthetically produced a network relationship that you can depend on for support. Worse, such a use of your time would suggest you haven't learned the basic lessons of the course.

Weeks 9, 10, 11 and 12:

Looking for the discussion questions? Go to Social Control Theories or Target and Victim Theories or Labeling Theory or Marxist Criminology

  • Basics

      You should know:

    • what social control theories are.
    • the similarities and differences between the various social control theories.
    • how social control theories relate to policy and practice.
    • what rational choice and routine activities theories are.
    • how environmental criminology theories relate to policy and practice.
    • about victimization and theories related to victimization.
    • what labeling theory is and how it compares to social strain theory (Durkheim, Merton)
    • the differences and similarities between conflict theory and Marxist theories.

      You should be able to:

    • explain the major concepts associated with the following theories: social control theories, environmental criminology, labeling theory, and Marxist criminology.
    • critique social control theories, envrionmental criminology, labeling theory, and Marxist criminology.
    • identify some contemporary applications of social control theories, environmental criminology, labeling theory, and Marxist criminology.
    • explain the major elements of rational choice and routine activities theories.
    • explain the issues surrounding victimization and the victim rights movement.
    • compare and contrast consensus theories with conflict/Marxist theories.

    Concepts:

      You should know:

    • social bond
    • attachment
    • commitment
    • neutralization
    • drift
    • containment
    • environmental criminology
    • direct contact predatory violations
    • everyday life
    • routine activities
    • rational choice
    • victimization
    • hot spots
    • geography of crime
    • situational factors
    • social interaction
    • symbolic interactionism
    • societal reaction
    • definition of the situation
    • stigma
    • primary deviation and secondary deviation
    • conflict theory
    • Marxist criminology
    • capitalist bourgeoisie
    • proletariat
    • lumpenproletariat
    • social class
    • power
    • capitalism
    • revolution
    • dialectic

    People:

      You should recognize the names of:

    • Travis Hirschi
    • Gresham Sykes and David Matza
    • Walter Reckless
    • Lawrence E. Cohen & Marcus Felson
    • Derek Cornish & Ronald V. Clarke
    • Joel Best
    • Howard Becker
    • Edwin Lemert
    • Richard Quinney
    • Austin Turk
    • Steven Spitzer
    • Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

    Arguments:

      You should have thought about:

    • the interrelationship between "theory, policy, practice" and the theories discussed -- social control, environmental criminology, labeling theory, and Marxist criminology.
    • a critique of the theories of crime causation discussed to date.



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