SOC 396N • Criminology
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
The purpose of this seminar is to acquaint students with some of the major issues of theory and research in contemporary criminology. The seminar is designed to provide a foundation for those who plan to take comprehensive exams in the area, and to suggest substantive questions and provide data to those who plan to write a dissertation or thesis in the area. For purposes of the seminar, I will presume that students have some (though not necessarily extensive) background in criminology, deviance, delinquency, or social control.
Most meetings of the seminar will be organized around a fresh topic, and will consist of two parts. First, I will lecture on the topic at hand, and then students will present short synopses of assigned readings to generate discussion. In addition to read-ings that are assigned to students individually, there will be general readings for most sessions that all students will be expected to read. The final few sessions of the seminar will be reserved for presentation of papers by students.