CrimTheory.gif - 9680 Bytes
John Hamlin
Sociology 2311
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Class Room: Cina 224 Professor: John Hamlin
Time: 5:00-8:40 P.M. M Phone: 726-6387
Office: Cina 111A
Office Hours: 4:00-4:45 P.M. M, 8:30 -9:30 T
& by appointment

Our conception of the crime "problem" and our response to crime, particularly in terms of policy and programs, is predicated on a number of basic assumptions. These assumptions are ordered in patterned ways referred to as theories. Theories in turn provide links between a variety of variables and crime/delinquency/deviance. We will be exploring a number of these theoretical frameworks in varying degrees of detail.
  1. To provide a basic understanding of social scientific theories to the problem of crime.
  2. To illustrate general and specific policy implications of leading theoretical approaches.
  3. To provoke a critical ability for analyzing both scientific theory and everyday explanations of crime and delinquency in the media.
Required Reading:

Curran and Renzetti Book Curran, Daniel J. and Claire M. Renzetti. 2001. Theories of Crime, 2nd ed. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Traub and Little Book Traub, Stuart H. and Craig B. Little. 1999. Theories of Deviance, 5th ed. Itasca, Illinois: F.E. Peacock

Eighty percent (80%) of your grade emerges from three exams. The test format will be essay. The last exam covers only the last third of the quarter.
Twenty percent (20%) of your grade comes from outlines you create. Grades are determined using a straight scale.

Examination books (blue books):
Blue books for taking essay exams are your responsibility to bring to class. They can be purchased in the bookstore for mere pennies.

You are expected to outline a number of readings from Traub and Little. Copies of the outlines will be turned into me and will not be returned. The outlines are accepted only on the days we discuss the articles and will be the basis for your discussions. Be advised to work on your outlines when we start a new section so you are ready the day we discuss the readings. No early or late outlines will be accepted. The outlines must be complete and will be graded on a 1-10 point scale.

Grades: Special Facilities and/or Arrangements:
Individuals who have any disability, either permanent or temporary, which might affect their ability to perform in this class are encouraged to inform the instructor at the start of the quarter. Adaptations of methods, materials, or testing may be made as required to provide for equitable participation.

Dates Topics Readings
January 22, 2007 Introduction; What is to be done with Bill
January 29, 2007 Paradigms;
Paridigm change in Criminology
Classical School of Criminology
Curran and Renzetti Pages 1-25
February 5, 2007
No Class
February 12, 2007 Positivist School of Criminology/ Biological


Marxist Paradigm

Psychological Theories
Curran and Renzetti Pages 27-97
February 19, 2007 Functionalism Emile Durkheim; The Normal and the Pathological; T&L pg. 4-9
Kai Erikson; On the Sociology of Deviance; T&L pg. 22-30
Kingsley Davis; The Sociology of Prostitution; T&L pgs. 9-22
Keith F. Durkin and Clifton D. Bryant; T&L Log on to Sex: pgs. 42-62
February 26, 2007 Social Disorganization Curran and Renzetti Pages 99-110
W.I. Thomas and Florian Znaniecki The Concept of Social Disorganization; T&L pg. 67-70
Robert Park Social Change and Social Disorganization; T&L pgs. 71-74
Robert E. L. Faris and H. Warren Dunhamn Natural Areas of the City; T&L pgs. 74-82
Finn-Aage Esbensen and David Huizinga; Community Structure and Drug Use: T&L pgs. 107-126
March 5, 2007Your FIRST EXAM Review Questions for Exam One
March 5 - 19, 2007 Anomie Curran and Renzetti Pages 110-133
Cohen, Miller, and Agnew

Emile Durkheim Anomic Suicide; T&L pgs. 131-141
Robert Merton Social Structure and Anomie; T&L pgs. 142-174
Richard Cloward Illegitimate Means, Anomie, and Deviant Behavior; T&L pgs. 174-194
Nikos Passas; Anomie and Corporate Deviance. T&L pgs. 210-230
March 12, 2007;
March 26, 2007 Differential Association Curran and Renzetti Pages 135-147
Curran and Renzetti Pages 166-170
Edwin H. Sutherland and Donald R. Cressey; The Theory of Differential Association; T&L pgs. 237-243
Gresham M. Sykes and David Matza Techniques of Neutralization; T&L pgs. 251-261
Donald R. Cressey, Other People's Money. T&L pgs. 244-251
Donald L. McCabe, The Influence of Situational Ethics on Cheating Among College Students. T&L pgs. 292-301
April 2, 2007 Control Theory Curran and Renzetti Pages 147-182
F. Ivan Nye; Family Relationships and Delinquent Behavior
Walter C. Reckless. A Non-Causal Explanation : Containment Theory. T&L pgs. 306-312
Travis Hirschi A Control Theory of Delinquency; T&L pgs. 312-329
Michael R. Gotttfredson and Travis Hirschi, The Nature of Criminality: T&L pgs. 329-343
John H. Laub and Robert J. Sampson, Turning Points in the Life Course: T&L. pgs. 348-374
April 9, 2007 Labeling Theory Curran and Renzetti Pages 171-182
Frank Tannenbaum The Dramatization of Evil; T&L pgs. 380-384
Edwin Lemert Primary and Secondary Deviation; T&L pgs. 385-390
Howard Becker Career Deviance; T&L pgs. 390-397
Penelope A. McLorg and Diane E. Taub, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia: T&L pgs. 434-448
April 16, 2007 Second EXAM Review Questions for Exam two
April 16-23, 2007 New Criminologyand
Conflict Theory
Curran and Renzetti Pages 183-207
April 30, 2007 Radical Criminology Richard Quinney, The Social Reality of Crime. T&L pgs. 462-471
Alexander Liazos The Poverty of the Sociology of Deviance: Nuts, Sluts, and `Perverts,' T&L pgs. 472-494
Steven Spitzer Toward a Marxian Theory of Deviance; T&L pgs. 495-512

William Chambliss, State-Organized Crime -- The American Society of Criminology, 1988 Presidential Address. T&L pgs. 529-556
William Chambliss -- "Contradictions and Conflicts in Law Creation"
April 30, 2007 New Directions in Criminology Freda Adler The Interaction Between Women's Emancipation and Female Criminality: A Cross-Cultural Perspective.
Lawrence E. Cohen and Marcus Felson, Social Change and Crime Rate Trends: T&L pgs. 596-630
Derek B. Cornish and Ronald V. Clarke, Understanding Crime Displacement:T&L pgs. 631-646
John Hagan, A.R. Gillis, and John Simpson, The Class Structure of Gender and Delinquency: T&L pgs 656-672
Sally S. Simpson, Feminist Theory, Crime and Justice. T&L pgs. 673-701
Review Questions Exam 3

Picture of Bulldog

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Copyright: © 2001, John Hamlin
Last Modified: Saturday, 16-Feb-2008 13:35:27 CST
Page URL:
Page Coordinator:John Hamlin