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CRM-311-20, Top: Violence in Society (FA14)

INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Mills

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Semester/Thursday/6pm-8:45pm, 09/04/2014-12/11/2014

CONTENT:

-Uses empirical evidence to provide a contemporary approach to analyzing and evaluating crime and social deviance through a critical theoretical framework or uses empirical evidence to provide a contemporary approach to examining specific areas within criminology. Topics will vary. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisites: SOC-101 and CRM-101. [3 credits] – Course description taken from the catalog

-This course examines the roots and consequences of violent behavior exhibited by individuals in our society. Topics covered include the social and cultural contexts that breed violence, the influence of society on specific crimes, and the impact of violence on human social behavior.  The course is intended to provide an in depth introduction to the issue of criminal violence in American society.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. Define violence, explain common myths surrounding violence, discuss the social construction of violence as a public problem, and identify the varieties of violent behavior.  

2.  Demonstrate an understanding of the prevalence of violent index crimes (homicide, robbery, rape, and assault), and their temporal and spatial variation.  

3.  Explain issues surrounding the context of violence, such as family violence, workplace violence, relational distance and violence, drug markets and violence, and the role of firearms in violence.  

4.  Discuss the major theoretical explanations of violence and offer policy ideas to combat violence in society.

METHODS:  

Lectures

Guest Lectures

Documentaries

Group Discussion and Presentations

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

Midterm Exam - 100 points - 20%

Final Exam - 100 points - 20%

Attendance/Participation - 100 points - 20%

Quizzes - 50 points - 10%

In class Presentation - 50 points - 10%

Research Paper -100 points - 20%

Total - 500 points - 100%

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

Violence: The Enduring Problem, Alex Alvarez and Ronet Bachman (2013) Second Edition

RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS: 

Additional reading assignments will be provided in class.

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Read Chapters 1 & 2