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CRIM 500: Overview of Graduate Studies in Criminology
Overview of Graduate Studies in Criminology
An overview of professional activities of scholars of criminology and Penn State's program in this field. CRIM 500 Overview of Graduate Studies in Criminology (1) This course is intended for new students in the Criminology graduate program. Its purpose is to speed their transition to graduate study and to provide a good start for their professional socialization. The course offers an overview of many of the professional activities of scholars of criminology and of Penn State's program in this field. This includes writing, publishing, teaching, and seeking funding. A major goal of the course is to help students see beyond the immediate priority of success at course work to the longer term priorities of success in these other arenas. The course is organized around a series of guest speakers from the program faculty who will discuss a range of activities that are a part of the professional life of research scholars. It also provides a forum for graduate students to get to know the faculty. The tone of the discussion is conversational. Speakers welcome questions both about the particular topic of the week and about the speaker's professional/research activities.
CRIM 501: Criminal Justice Organizations and Institutions
Criminal Justice Organizations and Institutions
Organizations and institutions involved in the formulation and implementation of criminal justice policy in complex social and organizational environments. CRIM 501 Criminal Justice Organizations and Institutions (3) Organizations and institutions involved in the formulation and implementation of criminal justice policy in complex social and organizational environments.
CRIM 512: Criminological Theories
Survey of theoretical and substantive issues in deviance and criminology, with emphasis on critical review of theories. SOC (CRIM) 512 Criminological Theories (3) This graduate course in Criminological Theories is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the major theories that have animated the field of criminology since its inception. The course traces the development of criminological theories from the early 20th century to the present and provides students with a targeted exposure to empirical studies that have tested these theories.
CRIM 515: Research Methods in Criminology and Deviance
Research Methods in Criminology and Deviance
Review of methodological issues; design and conduct of research; analysis and interpretation of findings; ethical and policy issues. SOC (CRIM) 515 Research Methods in Criminology and Deviance (3) Review of methodological issues; design and conduct of research; analysis and interpretation of findings; ethical and policy issues.
Crime has been shown to differ significantly across neighborhoods of different racial composition and of different socioeconomic characteristics. Specifically, neighborhoods characterized by high poverty and high segregation are more likely to exhibit higher violence, higher homicide rates, and higher disorder. Moreover, growing up in a highly disadvantaged neighborhood predicts whether youth will be involved in delinquency, risky behavior, and violent crime. In this course, students will learn about the major debates and arguments in the field on how such differences can come about and what may be their consequences. Students will learn to recognize, identify, and apply criminological and sociological theories and thinking on the effects of neighborhoods' social structures on crime. In particular, we will focus on classic and contemporary cutting edge thinking on poverty, social isolation, disorder, collective efficacy, institutional (dis)trust, demographic v. cultural heterogeneity, segregation, immigration, and the physical environment. We will address the theories, methods, and policies related to understanding key features of places such as social (dis)organization, social capital, spatial embeddeness, opportunity infrastructure, and cultural capital.
Preparation for teaching sociology and/or criminology at the college level. CRIM (SOC) 591 Teaching Sociology/Criminology (1) Preparation for teaching sociology and/or criminology at the college level.