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.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Registration Instructions

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Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
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.

Unit Descriptions
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

Assignment Possible Points
1st Week Exercise: What is Social Control? 5 points
1st Week Discussion 5 points
Exams (4) 120 points
Outline 10 points
Paper 70 points
PowerPoint 20 points
Discussion of PowerPoint Presentation 40 points
Group Projects  
Problem Statement 60 points
Participation 30 points
Project Outcome Paper 120 points
Total: 480 points

Grading Scale
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


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