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Soci 253, Seminar in Advanced Criminology

Time: M 6:00 - 8:45 PM
Location: Hugh Gillis Hall 227


This is a seminar with advanced discussion of select topics in criminology. The topics covered in this course will not be exhaustive of the field of criminology. We will pay special attention to sociological explanations for crime and reactions to crime, but we will also concentrate on understanding issues surrounding a select set of crimes. You will become familiar with various explanations for criminal behaviors, explanations for social control, research on select crimes, and the linkage between explanations and that research.

Reading 1: Browse the Bureau of Justice Statistics web page at

Other Suggested Reading:

Conklin, John E. (ed.). 2006. New Perspectives in Criminology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Allyn & Bacon.

Barak, Gregg (ed.). 1994. Varieties of Criminology: Readings from a Dynamic Discipline. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Ross, Jeffrey Ian and Stephen C. Richards (eds.). 2003. Convict Criminology. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.