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CRMJ/SOCA 233 Fall 2001

University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Latest update: July 23, 2001


Susan Takata
Office: 370 MOLN
Office Hours: MWF 8:45-9:45am & by appointment
Phone: (262) 595-2116
FAX: (262) 595-2471
Class meets MWF 10-10:50 a.m.

Brief Description:

CRMJ/SOCA 233 this semester will focus on the forms, causes and controls of crime. You will evaluate and assess some of the major explanations of criminal behavior and typologies of crime. In addition, we will examine crime control and crime prevention strategies as they relate to theory, policy, practice.


  • Pollock.(1999) Criminal Women.
  • William & McShane.(1998) Criminology Theory: Selected Classic Readings.
  • Dear Habermas Website [refer to handout]
  • College pocket dictionary
  • (optional) Adler, Mueller & Laufer. (2000) Criminology: The Shorter Version.


You must have:
  • A bound notebook/journal
  • An e-mail address (available through school)
  • Internet access (access PCs in microcomputing labs on campus)

Learning Objectives for the Course

The student will learn:

A. to know the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Measured by requirement to choose from both and explain choice on grade percentage form.

B. to work cooperatively with others, by juxtaposing strengths. Measured by self report and written and oral contributions to discourse.

C. to recognize differences between theory, factual knowledge, and the application and synthesis of that knowledge in praxis. Become familiar with the interrelationship between the types of knowledge and to balance them, as evidenced by grade percentage form.

D. to use a vocabulary which permit discussion of theory: difference, the Other, structural violence, privileging subjectivity, unstated assumptions, transformative discourse, relativism, tolerance of ambiguity, and so forth. Measured by self-tests and incusion of references in written and oral contributions to discourse.

E. to recognize the principle contributions to social theory of Habermas, Minow, Freire, bell hooks, and others. Measured by self-tests and inclusion of references in written and oral contributions to discourse.

F. to categorize theoretical approaches by reference: a) to where the problem and the solution are assumed to be, and b) to the balance between adversarialism and mutuality. Measured by exam questions and inclusion in written and orgal contributions to discourse.

G. to evaluate materials on crime and criminology. Measured by self-tests and inclusion of citations in written and oral contributions to discourse.

Grades and Grading

Grades can be important feedback when they are collaborative and used as feedback to guide further learning. They are harmful when they become a reified end in their own right, when they become commodified.

The overall grading criteria is based on the 5Cs - communication, consistency, competency, creativity, and cooperation, (refer to Dear Habermas site, Evidence of Learning . Your coursework must show scholarly discipline in conceptually linking your learning to theory, policy, practice, and to course readings and discussions.

Statement on Plagiarism

DON'T DO IT!! Give credit to those whose ideas and words you use. Cooperation and sharing in this class will earn you a better grade. Adversarialism is not a part of our teaching. We believe that learning flowers in an environment that permits mutuality to flourish.

Measures of Learning

We insist that you write, because writing is still important to communication, and affords a richness of experience we think higher education should afford you. I insist that you e-mail your contributions, and keep them relatively short (25 words or less) so that I can give them the attention that matters.

  • Self-Report Measures (up to 20% may be selected)
    • Self-Tests (up to 10%)
    • Journal (up to 20%)
    • Dictionary Records (up to 10%)

  • Creative Measures (up to 80% may be selected)
    • Latent Learning (up to 20%)
    • Venturing Out to Speak on Your Own (up to 20%)
    • Analysis and Synthesis (up to 80%)
    • Interactive Projects (up to 80%)
    • Measuring and Reporting Your Own Learning (up to 10%)

  • Traditional Measures (up to 60%may be selected)
    • Midterm Exam (up to 30%)
    • Final Exam (up to 30%)

Important Notes

Students with Disabilities - Students with disabilities are encouraged to meet with me as soon as possible to discuss accommodations. Accommodations should be authorized through the Disability Services Office, WYLL D175, Renee' Sartin-Kirby - Coordinator (595-2610).

Deadlines/Due Dates - All due dates and deadlines are firm. Late assignments and exercises will not be accepted. A "no show" will result in an "F" for that particular task. The absolute final deadline for all course work is Monday, December 10th, 10 a.m. central time.

Communicating - It is your responsibility to communicate an emergency and other situations in a timely manner to the professor. Communicating your whereabouts is important. Don't be a field mouse.

Groupwork: You may work in groups on any or all exercises or assignments. Cooperative learning groups are strongly encouraged. You can work with more than one group, and with different groups. All names of active group members should be recorded as indicated on the exercise material. (Refer to Cooperative Learning on the Dear Habermas site ).


WeekTopicReadings due
1Introduction[Adler, ch.1]
2What Is Crime?
**Wed, 9/12 Computer Workshop
Pollock, ch. 1; [Adler, ch. 10]
3Measuring CrimePollock, ch. 4; [Adler, ch. 2]
4 The Classical SchoolBeccaria,Bentham; Pollock, ch. 5; [Adler, ch. 3]
5Psychological & Biological ExplanationsLombroso, Akers; Pollock, ch. 6 & 8; [Adler, ch. 4]
6Strain TheoryMerton
7The Chicago SchoolShaw&McKay,Sutherland, Sellin; [Adler, ch. 5]
8 Formation of Subcultures --
**Fri 10/26 - Last Day to Drop Course
Cohen, Cloward & Ohlin,Miller, [Adler, ch. 6]
9Social Control TheoryHirschi, Sykes & Matza,Reckless; [Adler, ch. 7]
10Targets & Victims of CrimeCohen & Felson; [Adler, ch.8]
11 Labeling TheoryBecker, Lemert; [Adler, ch. 9]
12Labeling Theory/Conflict & Radical Theories
**Fri, 11/23 Thanksgiving Break
Quinney,Spitzer, Turk, Pollock,ch 6 & 7
13Feminist Criminology/Crime TypologiesKlein, [Adler, ch.11 & 12]
14Crime Typologies/Crime: Theory, Policy, Practice
Pollock, ch. 2-3; [Adler, ch. 13-14]
15Crime: Theory, Policy, Practice
**Mon, 12/10 10 a.m. Central Time - Final Absolute Deadline
Pollock, ch. 9; [Adler, ch. 15]