Courses

Course Code Credits

First-Year Seminar: From CSI to Lockup: Myths & Realities

An introduction to the major institutions of criminal justice from a social scientific perspective. Examines the structure and operation of police, courts, and corrections. Theories and concepts of criminology and other disciplines will be used to describe the workings of the criminal justice system and to raise questions for critical analysis. Fulfills the Cornerstone Social Scientific Inquiry Requirement, and is the equivalent to CRM 120 Critical Introduction to Criminal Justice. Limited to 16.

CRM110 4

Critical Introduction to Criminal Justice

An introduction to the major institutions of criminal justice from a social scientific perspective. Examines the structure and operation of police, courts, and corrections. Theories and concepts of sociology and other disciplines will be used to describe the workings of the criminal justice system and raise questions for critical analysis. Open to first-years and sophomores, upper-class students must obtain permission of the instructor. Limited to 25.

CRM120 3

Criminology

This course provides a broad overview of sociological and interdisciplinary theories of criminal behavior and social control. Students learn how to analyze theories and research on crime for the purpose of advancing theory as well as developing policies for crime prevention and control. Not open to first-year students in their first semester. Limited to 25.

CRM201 3

Sociology of the Prison

Particular stress is placed on basic structure of American prisons, their purposes and their effects. Focal questions include: Who goes to prison? What happens to those imprisoned? What happens to those released from prison? Prison policy development and implementation with regards to current criminological theory and research and current public opinion are discussed as a central concluding theme. Pre-requisite: CRM 120 or CRM 201. Limited to 25.

CRM204 3

Sex Offenders: Patterns & Behaviors

This course examines theories and research on sexual assault and sex offenders, evaluates the effectiveness of assessment and treatment practices, and explores supervision/legal strategies designed to prevent recidivism of sex offenders. Pre-requisite: CRM 201. Limited to 25.

CRM208 3

Juvenile Delinquency

An examination of juvenile delinquency in American society. Topics included are the historical background and "invention" of delinquency, cross-cultural definitions of delinquency, theories of delinquency, social class differences, and the juvenile court system. The course critically examines the social, health, and mental health services which have been utilized by this society in attempts to prevent or "treat" delinquent behavior. Pre-requisites: CRM 120 and CRM 201. Limited to 25.

CRM224 3

Crime & Mental Illness

The course examines crime and mental illness, including social-psychological theories of crime; co-occurring psychological disorders; problem-solving courts (drug treatment, mental health, and re-entry) comprising the emerging field of "therapeutic jurisprudence"; and mentally ill offenders in prison and community settings. Sociological issues of gender, class and race will be discussed wherever relevant. Pre-requisite: CRM 201. Reverse Priority. Open to sophomores and juniors then seniors. Limited to 25.

CRM273 3

Procedural Criminal Law

Due process of law; arrest; search and seizure; electronic surveillance; entrapment, right to counsel; privilege against self-incrimination; plea bargaining; double jeopardy. Pre-requisite: CRM 120 or CRM 201. May not earn credit for both CRM 303 and CRM 333 (equivalent courses). Limited to 25.

CRM303 3

Victims in the Courtroom

Involves the study of crime victims and their experiences with the Criminal Justice System. Will focus on the dynamics of intimate partner violence and its history as a social problem. A substantial portion of the course will focus on the mechanics of the courtroom as they relate to crime victims. Pre-requisite: CRM 120 or CRM 201. This course does not fulfill the law requirement. Limited to 20.

CRM304 3

Substantive Criminal Law

Principles of criminal liability, defenses to crime, the insanity defense, crimes against property, crimes against the habituation, crimes against the person, and the justification for punishment. Pre-requisite: CRM 120 or CRM 201. Limited to 25.

CRM305 3

Mechanics of the Courtroom

Preparation of witnesses; examination of legal techniques of discrediting and impeachment of witnesses; scope of direct and cross-examination; rules of evidence; burden of proof and burden of persuasion; ethical responsibilities of prosecution and defense; division of responsibility between judge and jury. Pre-requisite: CRM 120 or CRM 201. Limited to 18.

CRM307 3

Research Methods for Criminology

An introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods employed for conducting research in criminology. Topics include: problem selection and definition; relationship between theory and research; measuring crime; sampling; data collection and analysis; understanding the "Action Research" model; developing goals, objectives, and performance measures; creating a research design; and program evaluation methods. Research designs considered include surveys, content and secondary data analysis, interviewing, field observation, and experiments. Pre-requisite: CRM 120 or CRM 201. Limited to 25.

CRM310 3

Statistical Analysis in Criminology

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics as applied to the field of criminology. Topics include: measures of distribution, frequency, cross-tabulation, and analysis of variance and correlation. The course will also cover creating variable lists, data coding, creating databases for criminal justice agencies, analyzing the data using a variety of software packages, and presenting the data in narrative and graphic formats. Students will learn how to use Microsoft ACCESS to create databases, the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences to analyze data, and Microsoft Power-point for statistical presentations. Pre-requisites: CRM 120 and CRM 201. Not open to Biology majors. Limited to 25.

CRM311 3

Practicum: Victims in the Courtroom

A select group of students will have the opportunity to go to court on a weekly basis. Under the supervision of the instructor, the students will assist victims of crimes through the judicial process. Duties will include: restraining order applications; preparation of victim impact statements; and appearing before the judge. Pre-requisite: CRM 304. Permission of instructor. Limited to 12.

CRM314 3

Federal Criminal Process

This course examines federal authority and responsibility for criminal acts, including constitutional issues, federal statutes (RICO, money laundering, tax offenses, domestic terrorism, public corruption), federal enforcement agencies, criminal procedure, federal grand jury, and Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Unique tools available to federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors asset forfeiture, electronic interception, the Patriot Act will be discussed. Pre-requisites: CRM 120 and CRM 201. Limited to 25.

CRM318 3

Violent Crime & Federal Initiatives

This course examines current patterns of violent crime in the US, such as gang violence and spousal abuse, and the role of federal criminal justice agencies in designing and implementing agency partnership models to reduce crime in local communities. Pre-requisites: CRM 120 and CRM 201. Limited to 25.

CRM322 3

Alternative Resolutions in Criminal Justice

The course discusses the practice of mediation in the legal system and elsewhere as well as restorative justice approaches which are used as alternatives to the adversarial process in criminal justice. Pre-requisites: CRM 120 and CRM 201. Limited to 25.

CRM324 3

The Accused

This course contemplates the criminal justice system (primarily in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) from the perspective of the defendant and his counsel and from arrest to post-trial in misdemeanor and felony court. Beginning with the attorney-client relationship and continuing throughout criminal proceedings, defendants and defense counsel face challenges distinct from law enforcement and prosecutors. The course examines the unique challenges that the accused, whether guilty or not, encounter in the modern criminal justice system. Pre-requisites: CRM 120 and CRM 201. May not earn credit for both CRM 303 and CRM 333 (equivalent courses). Limited to 25.

CRM333 3

Spatial Crime Analysis

Introduces a variety of methods and techniques for the visualization, exploration, and modeling of crime data using geographic mapping. Emphasis on mapping real life crime data and exploring mapping technology as a strategic planning tool for law enforcement agencies. The main objectives are to teach students the basic concepts of geographic mapping and its use by a variety of criminal justice agencies using ArcView Mapping software. Limited to 15.

CRM335 3

Topics in Criminology

Examines topics of current interest in criminology, including the etiology and characteristics of specific categories of crime. The specific content focuses on timely, cutting edge research and case studies that are of academic importance. Content varies as topics evolve. Pre-requisites: CRM 120 and CRM 201.

CRM352 3

Ethics, Values & Diversity in Criminal Justice

This course examines major issues involved in establishing, implementing, and maintaining standards of excellence and ethical behavior for professionals in the field. Major challenges facing the criminal justice system as it deals with an increasingly diverse society, elements involved in making ethical decisions provided by early philosophers, and scenarios in the criminal justice system will be explored. Pre-requisite: CRM 120 or CRM 201. Limited to 25.

CRM353 3

Seminar on Deviance & Control

Examines the concept of deviance in society and its implications for the study of contemporary behavior. The first half of the semester focuses on the competing perspectives on deviant behavior and implications. The second half examines how individual and organizational deviance is defined, reacted to, and managed. Pre-requisites: CRM 201 and one additional CRM course. Limited to 15.

CRM409 3

Seminar on Juvenile Justice

This course examines promising strategies, primarily in the private sector, for handling juvenile offenders. Students directly observe programs and work with program managers to develop plans to expand community-based and private-sector support. Presentation, advocacy, and networking skills are emphasized. Pre-requisites: CRM 201 and at least one additional Criminology course. Limited to 15.

CRM410 3

Seminar: Police & Society

Police discretion and values. Affirmative action, hiring, training, police organization, police and the community. Research and evaluation in criminology. Pre-requisites: CRM 201 and at least one additional Criminology course. Limited to 15.

CRM411 3

Seminar: Punishment & Public Policy

Seminar will focus on the development of punishment policy, judicial discretion, and the sanctioning process. It will trace the history of punishment in the US; compare our policies with those of other countries; and examine the impact of punitive society. Students will study death penalty policy, considering its morality, implementation, and impact. Pre-requisites: CRM 201 and one additional CRM course. Limited to 15.

CRM412 3

Race, Class & Gender in the Criminal Justice System

A comparative examination of women and minorities in the criminal justice system. Topics include: women and minority offenders; women and minority victims; women and minorities at different stages of the criminal justice process (police, courts, and corrections); women and minorities employed within the system; and societal attitudes toward women and minorities involved in the system. Pre-requisite: CRM 201 and at least one additional Criminology course. Limited to 30.

CRM430 3

Seminar on At-Risk Families & Youths

This course examines characteristics of the growing numbers of families and youths on the "fault line" of present-day society in the United States. Causes and solutions that have been proposed to understand, control, and redress problems of at-risk families and youths are discussed. Topics include social stratification, victimization, crime prevention, innovative school programs, and other social intervention programs. Pre-requisites: CRM 224 and one additional CRM course. Limited to 15.

CRM432 3

Seminar on White Collar Crime

The course focuses on crimes committed by persons of respectability and high social status as opposed to traditional "street crimes" normally spotlighted in criminal justice courses. Such crimes include: restraint of trade, misrepresentation in advertising, infringement of patents and copyrights, unfair labor practices, financial fraud, and violations of trust. The extent, societal costs, and enforcement practices of such crimes are evaluated. Implications for prevention and for the punishment of offenders are presented for class discussion. The case method is used as the basis of class structure. Pre-requisites: CRM 201 and one additional CRM course. Limited to 15.

CRM440 3

Capstone Internship in Criminology

The Capstone course for the major, the Internship provides an academic experience in which the third- or fourth-year student (only) contribute to the ongoing organizational process while learning to apply criminology theories to observations of structure, function, and process in a particular correctional, court, or law enforcement agency. Pre-requisites: CRM 201 and at least one other Criminology course. Must not have completed the capstone requirement. Open to junior and senior Criminology majors. Limited to 8.

CRM470 3

Internship in Criminology

Gain experience and/or research skills in local, state, or federal criminal justice agencies. Prerequisite: CRM 470.

CRM475 6

Directed Study

Supervised reading and research directed by Department member. Written consent of the instructor is required. Open to Criminology majors.

CRM490 3

Introduction to Sociology

Principles and concepts; systematic analysis of groups, institutions, social interaction, socialization, social processes, social structure, culture, personality and social changes. Open to first-years and sophomores, upper-class students must obtain permission of the instructor. Limited to 30.

SOC101 3

First-Year Seminar: Lovin' it? A Sociology of McDonalds & Everyday Life

This course examines the historical rise of McDonald's and the resulting "McDonaldization" of everyday life. We'll study four main areas of McDonald's: its economic impact, health and environmental impact, cultural impact, and forms of opposition. Students will focus research and field experiences on four interrelated areas: labor, nutrition, environment, and youth. Fulfills the Cornerstone Social Scientific Inquiry Requirement, and is the equivalent to SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology. Limited to 16.

SOC110 4

Sociology of Globalization

Globalization is shrinking the world. How and why did this happen? This course will explore global change and the global processes which effect political, economic, and cultural realms. Important topics include: globalization and the state, global politics, the global economy and inequality, and globalization's homogenizing and diversifying effects. Limited to 25.

SOC202 3

Sociology of Marriage & Family

Concepts of marriage and family as social institutions; intimate relationships; human sexuality; roles, functions, change, and problems of American family. Pre-requisite: SOC 101. Open to first-years, sophomores and juniors. Seniors must obtain permission of the instructor. Limited to 25.

SOC205 3

Survey of Research Methods for Sociology

A survey of quantitative and qualitative research methods employed in sociology. Topics include problem selection and definition, the relationship between theory and practice, literature review, research design, ethical issues, sampling, data collection, analysis, interpretation and representation. Research methods considered include surveys, experiments, content analysis, interviewing, ethnography, and multi-method research. Pre-requisite: SOC 101. Limited to 25.

SOC210 3

Sociology of Religion

Discussion of basic theories and methods used by sociologists to understand religious phenomena. Consideration of the special problems of religious groups in various cultural settings. Limited to 25.

SOC211 3

A Great Society?

This class explores society's social and political debate over what role society should have in social welfare, examines the principles of President Johnson's Great Society, and seeks an understanding of those forces that create and perpetuate social class problems. Issues include: poverty, child abuse, and mental illness.

SOC212 3

Gender and Popular Culture

This course will introduce students to the role popular culture has in creating gender norms and expectations. Viewing gender as "socially constructed" this course seeks to critically investigate how ideas about gender are created and resisted through popular culture. The course focuses on how cultural understandings of masculinity and femininity circulate in popular culture. Various pop culture genres are considered including advertizing, television, film, and children's media. Limited to 25.

SOC214 3

Native Americans in the 21st Century

This course analyzes the interactions between Native Americans and non-Natives. It looks critically at meanings of tribal sovereignty and the changing dynamics of international relations. Federal and state policies related to land, constitutional governments, crime and law enforcement, tribal recognition, sacred cultural artifacts, and economic development are assessed. Limited to 25.

SOC216 3

Images & Power: Popular Culture

This course examines American popular culture as a site of cultural politics and explores representations of race, gender, sexuality and "success" that permeate our cultural space. Through a critical interrogation of a variety of pop culture forms, students will consider how norms and values are challenged, resisted, transformed and created through pop culture. Limited to 25.

SOC218 3

Political Sociology

This class is a sociological review and analysis of political structure and power. The course will critically analyze: state structures, political parties, power, legitimacy, civil society, and the welfare state. Limited to 25.

SOC220 3

Environmental Sociology

What does it mean to adopt a constructionist approach to 'nature' and the environment? By looking at local, national, and global issues, this course will consider the social structural and cultural sources of environmental degradation, the emergence of environmental movements, and the intersection of justice and environmental issues. Limited to 25.

SOC222 3

Use & Abuse of Alcohol

The use and abuse of alcohol in different cultures and ethnic groups is examined. Analysis of symptoms, causes, new legislation and treatment modalities concerning alcohol abuse. Special emphasis on the disease concept of alcohol and modern drinking habits. Limited to 30.

SOC223 3

Human Services

Introduction to human service organization and methods. Methods, such as individual, group, and family counseling, community organization, social planning, and human service research, are considered. Organization of services into programs to address problems of child abuse, the elderly, mental illness, alcoholism, drug abuse, and crime, among others. Pre-requisite: SOC 101. Limited to 25.

SOC227 3

Cultural Anthropology

This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology and is designed as an exploration into the diversity of ways in which human beings perceive and order the social world. Topics covered include kinship, gender, language, ecology, economy, political organization, globalization, religion and worldview from a diverse array of cultural viewpoints. Course readings and films include both classic and contemporary ethnographies. Open to first-years and sophomores, upper-class students must obtain permission of the instructor. Limited to 25.

SOC228 3

Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective

An examination of concenpts of marriage and family as social institutions from a cross-cultural perspective. Drawing on both classic and contemporary essays as well as in-depth ethnographic studies of marriage and family in several different cultures, we will examine the way in which intimate relationships are construed in different societies. Limited to 25.

SOC230 3

Crises, Conflict & Control

Examination of the history of social thought around three themes: (1) crises of the world, (2) conflict between groups within a society and conflict between societies, and (3) social control mechanisms ranging from global military intervention to the subtle manipulation of opinion within a society. Limited to 20.

SOC232 3

Language & Culture

An overview of linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics, the study of the relationship between language, culture, and society. The nature of human language will be explored by studying language in a variety of social contexts with the goal of better understanding how language and culture interact to reflect, maintain, alter, and create social worlds in which we live. Limited to 25.

SOC233 3

Racial & Ethnic Diversity

Immigration, history, patterns of intergroup relations, modes of adaptation, social, economic, and political conditions, and contributions of selected racial and ethnic communities: The English and the Anglo-Saxons; Irish Americans; Italian Americans; Jewish Americans; Native Americans; African-Americans; Latino and Hispanic Americans; and Asian Americans. Limited to 25.

SOC234 3

Sociology of Urban Space

This course examines sociological theories and approaches to understanding urban, suburban, and exurban spaces. Case studies will consider how social class, culture, politics, industrialization, immigration, economics, and geography contribute to social identities of cities. Pre-requisites: SOC 101. Limited to 25.

SOC236 3

Sociology of Gender

Course will distinguish between sex and gender and critically examine how social historical meanings about femininity and masculinity are socially constructed, reinforced, and challenged. Considers how gender differences and gender inequality play out in a variety of institutions including education, the economy, the family, politics, religion, the media and medicine. Critical perspectives, including feminist and multi-cultural approaches, will be employed. Limited to 25.

SOC237 3

Drug Abuse & Addiction

The prevalence of drug abuse and the types of drugs used in our society will be considered. Special attention will be given to legislation regarding illicit drugs and prevention/intervention strategies. An historical review of Americans' attitudes and practices regarding illicit drugs will be included. Limited to 30.

SOC290 3

Critical Issues in Contemporary Society

Systematic analysis of major contemporary social problems with focus on their sources, patterns, consequences, and current efforts at intervention and amelioration. Pre-requisite: SOC 101.

SOC302 3

Introduction to Museum Studies

Survey of museology that introduces students to the history of museums and debates about their role in society. Through case studies of ethnographic, history, and art museums students will explore the relationships between museums, their missions, those they represent, and the communities in which they reside. Pre-requisite: SOC 101 or SOC 228. Limited to 25.

SOC304 3

Sociological Theories

Study of the theories of society from Comte, Durkeim, Marx, Weber, and other classical theorists, as well as several major contemporary theories, including feminism. Pre-requisites: SOC 101 and at least one additional Sociology course. Limited to 25.

SOC305 3

Statistical Analysis for Sociology

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistical methods as applied to research in sociology. Topics include measures of central tendency, dispersion, hypothesis testing using parametric and nonparametric tests, contingency table analysis, t-tests, analysis of variance, correlation and regression. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) will be used throughout the course. Pre-requisites: SOC 101 and SOC 210. Not open to Biology majors. Limited to 25.

SOC311 3

Qualitative Research

An in-depth exploration of qualitative research practices in sociology. Students will study epistemological, theoretical and methodological aspects of qualitative research and engage in hands-on projects utilizing the following methods: content analysis, oral history interview or in-depth interview, and ethnography. Students will also be introduced to cutting-edge qualitative methods including arts-based research practices. Pre-requisites: SOC 101 and SOC 210. Limited to 25.

SOC312 3

Peoples & Cult of East Europe

An exploration of contemporary Russia and East Europe from an anthropology perspective. Topics covered are those of central interest to anthropologists working throughout the world including: kinship, gender, illness, and healing, politics, ethnicity, and religion, as well as issues specific to the region such as post-socialist transitions. Pre-requisite: SOC 228 or SOC 101.

SOC316 3

Community Organizing: People, Power & Change

Covers theoretical frameworks and practical skills necessary to identify, recruit, and develop leadership, build community around that leadership, and build power from that community. The reflective practice of the course is structured around work in an organizing project (e.g. youth, community, electoral, union, or issue) designed to achieve a real outcome by semester's end. Pre-requisite: SOC 101. Open to juniors and seniors. First-year students and sophomores only with instructor's permission. Limited to 25.

SOC328 3

Anthropology of Violence

War, political and economic oppression, sectarian strife, poverty and disease are pervasive in the world today, ravaging the lives of every-growing numbers of people. Using a cross-cultural approach, we will explore the impact of violence on society, its cultural legacies, and examples of building peace. Pre-requisite: SOC 228 or SOC 101. Limited to 25.

SOC329 3

Anthropology of the Holocaust

In recent decades social scientists have increasingly turned their attention to the Holocaust. The goal of this class is to examine these studies in order to better understand the events, their causes, and their legacies from a range of perspectives: victims, perpetrators, witnesses, and rescuers.

SOC334 3

Topics in Sociology

Examines a topic of current interest in the public sphere, such as urban homelessness, from a sociological perspective. The content and format of the course will be tailored to the topic area. Course may be taken three times under different topics.

SOC352 3

Seminar: Public Sociologies

Public sociology - sociological research that emerges from dialogues with publics - is both one of the oldest and newest topics within the discipline. This course will examine how sociologists can connect with publics, explore methodolgies and concepts, study global public sociologies, and identify ways to promote public sociology. Pre-requisites: SOC 101 and at least one additional Sociology course. Limited to 15.

SOC405 3

Seminar: Social Movements

Social movements allow the voice of the powerless to be heard. This course will analyze the evolution of social movements. It will examine barriers to success and conditions that support movements. By looking at historical and contemporary movements, students will be able to understand important concepts in the study of social revolution. Pre-requisite: SOC 101 and at least one additional Sociology course. Limited to 15.

SOC407 3

Seminar: Sociology of Education

This course examines the contributions of sociological theories and research to our understanding go the structure and function of educational systems in contemporary society. Current educational policies, programs and reforms will be reviewed and critically analyzed. Research will include neighborhood and community level data as well as state, national and international comparisons. Pre-requisites: SOC 101. Limited to 15.

SOC413 3

Seminar: American Inequality

Survey of the range of stratification systems. Emphasis on the American stratification system - social caste and its relationship to race, age, sex, religion, and ethnicity. Pre-requisites: SOC 101 and at least one additional Sociology course. Limited to 15.

SOC415 3

Seminar: Love, Intimacy & Human Sexuality

Students will apply a socio-historical approach to examine how sexual meanings are derived and sexual activity/desire is organized. Treating homosexuality and heterosexuality as social categories, the course will look at how categories are structured, and will 'denaturalize' these categories and analyze the different institutional settings in which sexuality is constructed. Pre-requisite: SOC 101 and at least one additional Sociology course. Limited to 15.

SOC416 3

Seminar on Oppression

Introduces the concept of oppression. Conditions of oppression to be explored include exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, cultural imperialism, and violence. Emphasis on the interaction among racism, sexism, classism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, and ageism, to show the interconnections among oppressions in everyday life. Reading assignments will challenge/encourage the students to take action to end oppressive behaviors and to affirm diversity and social justice. (Previously Seminar on Racism) Pre-requisite: SOC 101 and at least one additional Sociology course. Limited to 15.

SOC421 3

Capstone Internship in Sociology

The Capstone course for the major, the Internship provides an academic experience in which the third- or fourth-year student (only) contributes to the ongoing organizational process while learning to apply sociological theories to observations of structure, function, and process in a particular social service agency or institution. Pre-requisites: SOC 210 and SOC 311. Open to junior and senior Sociology majors. Written permission of the faculty moderator. Limited to 8.

SOC470 3

Internship in Applied Sociology

Gain experience and or research skills in a particular social service agency or institution. Pre-requisite: SOC 470.

SOC475 6

Directed Study in Applied Sociology

Supervised reading and research directed by Department member. Written consent of the Instructor is required. Open to Sociology majors.

SOC490 3

Independent Research

Permission of the Faculty member directing the project and the Department Chairperson.

SOC496 3

Senior Thesis in Applied Sociology

Fourth-year students will polish their communication skills and build on prior coursework. The goal is preparation of a paper suitable for presentation at an annual meeting of a professional association during the spring semester. Taught in seminar/workshop format, the course includes presentations from departmental faculty about conducting research in sociology, criminology and anthropology. Permission of Department Chair. Open to Sociology majors.

SOC497 3