Sociology and Criminology MA Program

Bear Hall

Course Descriptions

CRM/SOC 500. Social Research Methods (3) Analysis of process of social research in terms of problem definition, research design, data sources, and methods of data analysis. Emphasis will be placed on the application of research methods to practical problems.

CRM/SOC 502. Evaluation, Methods, and Policy (3) Advanced research methods course focusing on the techniques and principles of evaluation research. Emphasis will be on methods of evaluation and research design, instrument development, data collection techniques within a public/applied setting. Additionally, students will become familiar with the policy implications and consequences of evaluation research.

CRM/SOC 503. Sociological Theory (3) Analysis of sociological theories and theoretical perspectives, with emphasis on their practical application to contemporary society.

CRM/SOC 504. Data Analysis (3) The purpose of this course is to instruct students in techniques of quantitative data analysis. It will explore techniques to describe and make inferences from univariate, bivariate and multivariate data. Students will learn to evaluate scholarly literature that makes use of such methods. They will also have the opportunity to apply these statistics to current social problems.

CRM/SOC 505. Pro Seminar (3) Focus on the professional role of social scientists in different types of organizational contexts as constrained by organizational policies and protocol, professional codes of ethics, budgets, client needs, politics, professional commitment, technology, inter-organizational linkages, and other considerations.

CRM/SOC 506. Qualitative Data Analysis (3) An introduction to qualitative methods of data gathering and analysis in sociology and criminology. Specific content will cover: participant observation, in-depth interviewing, content analysis, field methods. Students are required to collect and analyze qualitative data. A final research paper demonstrating these methods is required.

CRM/SOC 507. Community-Based Participatory Research Methods (3) Focus on engaged methodologies that facilitate community-based participatory research (CBPR). Attention will be given to the history of CBPR, ethics, logic and methods of community-based research, research design, conceptualization, measurement and sampling, modes of observation, data gathering and analysis and democratization of the research process through validating multiple forms of knowledge.

CRM/SOC 509. (1) Teaching in Higher Education-The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with a basic foundation in preparation for teaching positions, while in graduate school or post-graduation. During the course of the semester students will have the opportunity to grapple with various pedagogical and logistical questions related to teaching in higher educaiton. 

CRM/SOC 515. Advanced Victimology (3) A sociological examination of victimization and formal responses to victimization. Empirical patterns of specific forms of victimization will be discussed, including: domestic violence, sexual violence, corporate violence, political violence, etc.

CRM 510. World Criminal Justice Systems (3) Comparative study of criminal justice systems throughout the world. Attention to historical, structural, political, legal and philosophical similarities and differences.

CRM 516. Crime and Social Control (3) A theoretical foundation for understanding formal social control strategies in response to crime patterns. Will present a history of incarceration, decarceration, diversion, and rehabilitation programs.

CRM 517. Death Penalty (3) A sociological examination of capital punishment in the USA. Emphasis will be placed on US Supreme Court decisions, sociological research on various aspects of deterrence, racial bias, public opinion, and wrongful convictions.

CRM/SOC 530. Restorative Justice (3) Restorative justice practices will be examined theoretically, empirically, and historically. Emphasis will be placed on Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Specific content includes: juvenile crime, violence against women, aboriginal/indigenous justice, victims and offenders needs.

CRM/SOC 535. Sociology of Deviant Behavior (3) Examines what comes to be considered, and treated, as deviant behavior in historical, cultural, and societal context, linking theories as to the causes and appropriate management of deviant behavior to changes in that larger context.

CRM 540. Race, Class, Gender and Crime (3) Examines the intersection of race, class, and gender with regard to criminal offending and victimization. Emphasis will be placed on the application of criminological theory to the explanation of variations in patterns of crime in relation to race, class, and gender. Additionally, this course will examine the policy implications of the current explanations.

CRM/SOC 549. Sociology of Law (3) Review of theoretical and empirical developments in the sociology of law, including classical and modern sociological theories of law and selected sociological themes of law in various social settings.

CRM 560. Interpersonal Violence (3) A sociological approach to the study of interpersonal violence, including discussion of theory, methods, and empirical findings of structural, cultural, and situational criminological research on the topic.

CRM/SOC 561. Seminar in Criminology (3) An overview of the breadth of topics that comprise the discipline of criminology, with emphases on theoretical explanations and the various reactions to crime in society.

CRM/SOC 580. Social Justice (3) A sociological examination of social justice, and policies that proclaim to promote social justice in the United States. The class examines various forms of institutionalized inequality on the basis of social class, race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Social policy solutions are also examined.

CRM 585. Communities and Crime (3) The course is designed to immerse students in research and policies related to communities and crime. The course will cover classic and contemporary contributions from the social sciences, with a primary focus on crime and place across American space along with occasional stops outside the U.S. borders. The course will also examine how communities deal with, and are affected by, crime and criminal offenders.

CRM/SOC 591. Directed Independent Study (1-3) Independent investigation of research topic in a selected area of criminology or public sociology.

CRM/SOC 592. Special Topics in Criminology and Public Sociology (3) Intensive study of selected topics in criminology and/or public sociology.

CRM/SOC 598. Research Internship (6) Prerequisite: permission from instructor and successful defense of internship proposal. Supervised participation in field experience, includes written final research report. Will be graded satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U).

CRM/SOC 599. Thesis (1-6) Prerequisite: Successful defense of thesis proposal. Intensive study of a topic selected by the student and approved by thesis committee. Will be graded satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U).

SOC 501/GRN 501. Aging and Society (3) Study of age as a structural feature of changing societies and groups, aging as a social process, and age as dimension of stratification. May be taken for elective credit in the GLS program.

SOC 508. Public Sociology Seminar (3) An overview of the roots of public sociology and current debates surrounding public sociology. Methods, theory and praxis will be examined.

SOC 516. Globalization and Development (3) Globalization is one of the most important features of the contemporary world, which describes a socioeconomic system of interdependence unprecedented in terms of scope and intensity. What is less clear and still under debate, however, is the nature and the consequences of globalization: Who has pushed it forward and who benefits from it? This course will review the process of globalization and critically examine the different perspectives on it. Students will better understand how globalization has influenced (and will change) our and other's life and development.

SOC 518/GRN 518. (418) Women and Aging (3) Examines women's experiences of old age and the aging process. Specific emphasis on family, medical, and economic institutions. May be taken for elective credit in the GLS program.

SOC 521. Urban Sociology (3) Examination of sociological theory and research on urban growth and its consequences on social behavior.

SOC 524. Social Stratification (3) Examination of social and economic inequalities based on social class and status as basic dimensions of individual life chances as well as of the structure and dynamics of societies and the world system. Reviews current state of the field in regard to academic and policy debates, theories, methods, crucial research findings, as well as comparative analyses.

SOC 525. Racial and Ethnic Group Relations (3) Examination of race and ethnicity in modern societies and the modern world system. Focuses on the causes and consequences of racism, discrimination, prejudice, racial conflict, and racial oppression in American society. Special emphasis will be given to the relationship between race/ethnicity and social class.

SOC 547. Sociology of Education (3) Advanced analysis of the social structures and processes both affecting and characteristic of education in modern societies. Topics include: education's role in the socialization process; the ways in which education is both a product and producer of social stratification; variability in racial experiences in education; human, social, and cultural capital; social and cultural change and their impact on education.

SOC 550. Gender (3) This course first explores the history of social inequality associated with gender. It will explore both micro and macro factors that perpetuate inequality as well as those factors that have reduced inequality. The course will culminate with an in-depth look at current global efforts to address gender inequality.

SOC 565. Social Psychology (3) This course offers an overview of the current themes in contemporary Social Psychology as well as their applications. This course focuses on the social structural determinants of social behavior and social change, with an emphasis on inequality.

SOC 584. Community Development (3) Analysis of principles, theory and practice of community change and development. Examination of multiple definitions of community and the contribution of community capitals to community well-being.

SOC 586. Sociology of Work, Occupations and the Labor Force (3) Theories of work and occupations; the changing structure of the labor force, the relationships between work, the individual and society. Focus on the changes in the place of work in society corresponding to technological and organizational change. Specific topics may include workplace restructuring, women and minorities in the labor force, and relations between labor and management.

SOC 587. Sociology of Organizations (3) Analysis of organizational theory and research applied to issues in contemporary society; topics include organizational social psychology, organizational structure and process, and inter-organizational relationships.

SOC 590. Sociology of Poverty (3) Analysis of trends, measurement, and extent of poverty in the United States. Examination of sociological theory explaining poverty, social policy addressing policy, specifically welfare reform, and its consequences.

*Course list is extracted from the university's academic catalog.