SOC 215
Crime Spring 2013
Division II
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An examination of crime, criminals, and crime-fighters. Topics include: violent urban youth gangs in America; the recruitment, socialization, argot, culture, worldviews, and ethics of professional criminals, both in America and in the international arena; the stages of criminal careers; the violence inherent in the drug trade; the trafficking of girls and women; the illegal immigration industry; white-collar scams, fraud, and financial depredations; identity theft; the work worlds and habits of mind of crime-fighters, with a special focus on the work of uniformed police officers, detectives, federal agents, and state and federal prosecutors; the symbolic representations of criminals and crime-fighters in American and international popular culture; and the crisis of public social order. Special attention to the nature of criminal investigation. This course is part of the Gaudino Danger Initiative.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3292
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: full participation in the seminar, class presentations, short mid-term paper, term paper
Extra Info: cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: all students are required to submit an application in order to be included in the course
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