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Sociology: Women and Crime

SOC 195 Z1 (CRN: 60806)

3 Credit Hours—Seats Available!

For crosslists see: GSWS 195 Z1

About SOC 195 Z1

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.


Eleanor Miller ()


Dates: July 13 - August 7, 2015; Minimum Sophomore standing Prereq: 3 hrs Soc or the equivalent with permission; Cross Listed with GSWS 195 Z1

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Section Description

This course is an introduction to some of the major variables that research suggests explain the etiology, nature, demographics and societal responses to crimes committed by girls/women currently and historically. Because girls/women commit relatively few crimes compared to men and because crime itself and the whole criminal justice apparatus is socially constructed as ?male,? the course will also considered the gendered nature of crime and criminal justice and how theory, research and practice in this area are affected by gendered assumptions and societal beliefs about gender differences. In addition, because especially over the last half-century as the result of The War of Drugs, crime, and criminal justice have increasingly become a racialized domain, race/ethnicity will be another important dimension of analysis in the course. The class will draw on some episodes of the Netflix series ?Orange in the New Black,? but much of the course is designed to demonstrate that the world of high fashion invoked by the title of the show and the life of the protagonist is far from the reality of most women who get caught up in the criminal justice system. At the same time, there are some areas where the series is spot on (for example, the portrayal of major aspects of the culture of women?s relationships in prisons) and will prove very useful in grounding some of the conceptual foci of the course.


There is a fair amount of reading in the class and students are expected to come to class having done the reading and prepared to discuss it in class. There will be an essay-based midterm and final in the course. Each will be worth 40% of the final grade. Twenty percent of the grade will be based on the amount and quality of class participation


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