Law as Social Control
|Course Number:||CRIMLJUS 7330|
|Course Name:||Law as Social Control (Online)|
|Course Description:||An analysis of the needs, functions, utilization and effects of informal and formal social control mechanisms; theoretical perspectives on social control and law, and empirical examination of theories of law as a social control mechanism.|
|Program:||Master of Science in Criminal Justice|
NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change. The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to
- Examine the interplay of law and society to offer a deeper understanding of the structure and function of law, the legal system, and how it impacts our lives.
- Examine the legal system in the context of race, class, and gender, while considering multicultural and cross-cultural issues in a contemporary and interdisciplinary context.
Course Organization and Assignment Descriptions
Unit 1: Foundations and the Context of Law
This unit focuses on the historical development of social control inside the United States, as well as the origination of laws, their effect on social control, and differing perspectives that can emerge in a society.
Unit 2: Research, Theory, Change, and Organization
This unit covers the various methods of inquiry, theoretical perspectives of social control, and the mechanisms that are implemented to achieve social control.
Unit 3: The Role of Class, Race, and Gender in Law and Social Control
This unit focuses on how race, class, and gender influence punishment, law creation, and enforcement in a society. Pay special attention to the inequalities centered around race and gender.
Unit 4: Punishment and Alternate Measures
This unit discusses the role corrections plays as a form of social control as well as enforcement strategies and alternatives to incarceration.
Grading Criteria for Activities
|1st Week Exercise: What is Social Control?||5 points|
|1st Week Discussion||5 points|
|Exams (4)||120 points|
|Discussion of PowerPoint Presentation||40 points|
|Problem Statement||60 points|
|Project Outcome Paper||120 points|
|A||90% - 100%||432 - 480 points|
|B||80% - 89%||384 - 431 points|
|C||70% - 79%||336 - 383 points|
|D||60% - 69%||288 - 335 points|
|F||0% - 59%||0 - 287 points|