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SOC 357 - Criminology (4)

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of criminology, including major theories of crime causation, the making of criminal law and punishment, as well as different types of crime and how they are dealt with in the United States. Students will also learn about recent trends in U.S. crime rates and the functioning of the criminal justice system, with a particular focus on the impact of race, class, and gender. Students will critically analyze criminal justice policies that have been implemented to deal with crime, such as the death penalty, the three strikes law, and mass incarceration. Offered every semester.