4141 DELINQUENCY

COURSE SYLLABUS

LECTURE SLIDES [note: links available prior to lecture]

PART I: EXTENT AND NATURE OF DELINQUENCY

Week 1 – 1/20 Welcome and Data Collection/Defining and Measuring Delinquency

  • CWB Introduction, pp. 1-34.
  • Rios, Preface, pp. vii-xvi.

Week 2 – 1/27 Extent and Nature of Delinquency: Official Statistics, Self-Reports, and Victimization [color slides here] (Angels with Dirty Faces)

  • Rios, Chapter 1. “Dreams Deferred: The Patterns of Punishment in Oakland.” Pp. 3-23.
  • Christopher Uggen and Suzy McElrath. 2013. “Six Social Sources of the U.S. Crime Drop.” 2014. Pp. 3-20 in Crime and the Punished, edited by Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen. New York: WW Norton.
  • Sherman, Lawrence L., Denise C. Gottfredson, Doris L. MacKenzie, John Eck, Peter Reuter, and Shawn D. Bushway. 1998. "Preventing Crime: What Works, What Doesn’t, What’s Promising.” National Institute of Justice Research in Brief. Washington, DC: USGPO.

PART II. THEORIES OF DELINQUENCY

Week 3 –2/3 From Correlates to Causal Models (Age, Careers, and the Life Course and Rational Choice) [color slides here]

Week 4 – 2/10: Delinquent Association

  • Sutherland, Edwin H. and Donald R. Cressey. “A Sociological Theory of Criminal Behavior.” Pp. 77-83 in Criminology 10th Edition.
  • CWB, Chapter 1. Ronald L. Akers Gary F. Jensen. “The Empirical Status of Social Learning Theory of Crime and Deviance: The Past, Present, and Future.” Pp. 37-76.
  • Rios, Chapter 2. “The Flatlands of Oakland and the Youth Control Complex.” Pp. 24-42.

Week 5 – 2/17: Learning and Control Theories

  • Clampet-Lundquist, Susan, Kathryn Edin, Jeffrey R. Kling, and Greg J. Duncan. 2011. “Moving At-Risk Youth Out of High-Risk Neighborhoods: Why Girls Fare Better Than Boys.” American Journal of Sociology 116:1154-1189. [a big treatment]
  • Hirschi, Travis. 1969. Causes of Delinquency. Berkeley: University of California Press. Chapter 2. Pp. 16-34.
  • CWB, Chapter 2. Michael R. Gottfredson, “The Empirical Status of Control Theory in Criminology.” Pp. 77-100.

Week 6 – 2/24: Labeling and Symbolic Interaction in the Life Course -- distribute midterm study guide

Week 7 – 3/2: Gangs, Neighborhoods, and Social Disorganization

  • Rios, Chapter 4. “The Coupling of Criminal Justice and Community Institutions.” Pp. 74-96.
  • Shaw, Clifford, and Henry H. McKay. 1931. Juvenile Delinquency in Urban Areas. Chapter X. Pp. 283-293.
  • Sampson, Robert J. 2008. “Rethinking Crime and Immigration.” Contexts 28-33.
  • CWB, Chapter 5. Robert J. Sampson. “Collective Efficacy Theory: Lessons Learned and Directions for Future Inquiry.” Pp. 149-168.

Week 8 - 3/9  Midterm Examination covering material through 2/24

Week 9 – 3/23: Anomie and Individual-Level Strain Variants                

  • Merton, Robert K. 1938. “Social Structure and Anomie.” American Sociological Review 3:672-82.
  • CWB, Chapter 4. Steven F. Messner and Richard Rosenfeld. “The Present and Future of Institutional-Anomie Theory.” Pp. 127-148.
  • Rios, Chapter 5. “Dummy Smart: Misrecognition, Acting Out, and Going Dumb.” Pp. 97-123.
  • CWB, Chapter 3. Robert Agnew. “General Strain Theory: Current Status and Directions for Further Research.” Pp. 101-125.

Week 10 – 3/30: Critical Marxian and Feminist Theories

  • Wacquant, Loic. 2012. “The Punitive Regulation of Poverty in the Neoliberal Era.”  Criminal Justice Matters 89:38-40.
  • CWB, Chapter 7, Michael J. Lynch, Herman Schwendinger, and Julia Schwendinger. “The Status of Empirical Research in Radical Criminology.” Pp. 191-217.
  • CWB, Chapter 8. Jody Miller and Christopher W. Mullins. ”The Status of Feminist Theories in Criminology.” Pp. 217-50.
  • Rios, Chapter 6. “Proving Manhood: Masculinity as a Rehabilitative Tool.” Pp. 124-41.

PART III: DELINQUENT CAREERS IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM

Week 11 – 4/6: Prevention and Introduction to Juvenile Justice and the “Gender Gap” in Programming 

Week 12 – 4/13: Police and Paper Workshop (Bring Your Draft!)

  • CWB, Chapter 14. John Braithwaite, Eliza Ahmed, and Velerie Braithwaite. “Shame, Restorative Justice, and Crime.” Pp. 397-417.
  • Rios, Chapter 7. “Guilty by Association: Acting White or Acting Lawful?” Pp. 142-56.
  • Paper Workshop
  • Site Visit Arrangements (exact day and time T.B.A.)

Week 13 – 4/20 Probation and Institutionalization *Papers Due at the Beginning of Class -- distribute final study guide    

Week 14 – 4/27 Conclusions, Class Discussion, and Review  

  • Richard Rosenfeld and Steven F. Messner. 2014. “A Social Welfare Critique of Contemporary Crime Control.” Pp. 155-70 in Crime and the Punished, edited by Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen. New York: WW Norton.
  • Rios, Conclusion. “Toward a Youth Support Complex.” Pp. 157-167.

Week 15 – 5/4     Second Midterm Examination
          Makeup Exam Time: 5:30-8 pm, Wednesday 5/11

     


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