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CJS 3302: Advanced Criminology Tuesday/Thursday, 11:00-12:15

Professor: Dr. Danielle Lavin-Loucks Office: GR 2.116 Phone: 972-883-4769 E-mail: Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:30-1:30, or by appointment Required Reader: The text for this course is Joseph Jacoby (ed.), 2004, Classics of Criminology, 3rd edition, Waveland Press, Inc. In addition to this text, other required readings will be posted on WebCT under the heading “readings.” Please note that these are required readings and are listed, in order, by author’s name as opposed to title. Purpose/Objective: The purpose of this course is to critically assess and evaluate the state of criminological theory. We will examine the changing definitions of crime, classical social theory, and contemporary approaches to crime and criminality. Special emphasis will be placed on explaining contemporary social problems and crime events using criminological theory. The main questions this course addresses include: who commits crimes, what types of crimes do they commit, where do they commit them, when do they commit crimes, why do they commit them, and finally how do they go about committing crime. Course Requirements: (1) You will be expected to attend class, as some of the material presented in lectures and discussion is not contained in the course readings. (2) Readings should be completed prior to the class period. In class activities, pop quizzes and/or assignments will be given throughout the semester. These will contribute to your participation grade and are dependent upon the information contained in the readings. These in class activities cannot be made up. (3) You will be required to complete 1 article critique. You may turn in the critique any time during the semester. It is due by April 6th. Instructions for the critique will be handed out during the second week of class and are available on webCT. (4) There will be 3 exams during the semester. Exams will consist of: short answer, fill in the blank and short/long essay questions. Make up exams will only be given in the case of a documented emergency. If you miss an exam and do not have a documented emergency, you will be required to complete a comprehensive final exam consisting of one question: evaluate the state of theory in criminology.


Grading Procedures: Final grades for this course will be based on your attendance/participation, your article critique, and the 3 exams. The point totals that correspond to each letter grade are listed here so that during the semester you can calculate your grade. I cannot send grades via email. Grading Scale: A AB+ B BC+ C CD F 460-500 448-459 433-447 418-432 398-417 388-397 373-387 348-372 301-347 300 ? Points: Exam #1 Exam #2 Exam #3 Critique Part/Att. 125 125 125 75 50 500

Scholastic Dishonesty: Obviously, cheating and plagiarizing other people’s words and/or ideas will not be tolerated. Citations should accompany every assignment. If you are unsure of how to cite your sources or have any questions, please come see me. The University is very clear on what constitutes scholastic dishonesty. Examples are provided at the University’s website: You can also consult the University of Texas at Dallas Handbook of Operating Procedures, Title V “Student Discipline and Conduct,” Chapter 49 and . All cases of scholastic dishonesty will be referred to judicial affairs for resolution. Assignments, Readings, and Dates to Remember: Tues., Jan 10: Introduction to the Course No Reading Crime vs. Deviance, Crime as a Social Construction Read: Pfohl’s “The Discovery of Child Abuse” Classical Criminology (Cesare Beccaria & Jeremy Bentham) Read: Jacoby 14, 45, 58, 59 Neoclassical Criminology Read: Jacoby 25, 45 Positivist Criminology: Biology and Crime, Biosociology Read: Jacoby 19, 20, 21, 23, 24

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Positivist Criminology: Personality Theories, Psychology and Moral Development Read: Jacoby 22 and Fitzpatrick’s “Psychoanalysis and crime: A critical survey of salient trends in the literature” Social Ecology/Disorganization Read: Markowitz’s "Socioeconomic disadvantage and violence: Recent research on culture and neighborhood control as explanatory mechanisms” and Jacoby 4 & 5 Social Structure: Durkheim and Marx Read: Jacoby 16, 17, 18, 26 Strain theory (Merton) and Culture Conflict Read: Jacoby 27, 28, & 29 Subcultures Read: Jacoby 1, 30, 31, 32 Exam #1 Labeling Theory Read: Jacoby readings 40, 41, 42 Labeling Theory Read: Rosenhan’s “On Being Sane in Insane Places” and Farrington et al’s “The Persistence of Labeling Effects” Social Learning Theory and Differential Association Read: Jacoby 2, 34, 35, Social Learning Theory and Differential Association Read: Benoit’s “Code Switching and Inverse Imitation among Marijuana-Using Crack Sellers” Social Learning Read: Jacoby 36 No Class: Spring Break No Class: Spring Break Control theories: Social Bonds Read: Jacoby 38 and Marcos and Bahr’s “Control Theory and Adolescent Drug Use”

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Control theories: Self Control Read: Jacoby 39 and Baron’s "Self-control, social consequences, and criminal behavior: Street youth and the general theory of crime" Exam #2 Neutralization theory Read: Jacoby 33 and Cromwell and Thurman’s “The devil made me do it: Use of neutralizations by shoplifters” Routine Activities, Hot Spots, and Target Hardening Read: Jacoby 9 and Mannon’s “Domestic and Intimate Violence” Broken Windows Read: Jacoby 56 and Mijanovich and Weitzman’s “Which Broken Windows Matter?” Lifecourse Criminology and Criminal Careers Read: Jacoby readings 11, 12, and Gadd and Farrall’s “Criminal Careers, Desistance and Subjectivity” Critical Criminology Read: Hil and Robertson’s “What Sort of Future for Critical Criminology?” Due: Article Critique Feminist Criminology Read: Jacoby 43 & 44, Britton’s “Feminism in Criminology: Engendering the Outlaw” Integrated Theories of Crime Read: Hoffman and Edwards’ “An Integrated Theoretical Model of Sibling Violence and Abuse” Catching Up Exam #3

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