CJ 8106/406  Criminological Theories Fall 2014

Sequence of Topics and Readings

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DATE OF LAST UPDATE: 9/3//2014
 For details on books go to books listed page

Date

Topic and Readings (readings are to be done BY that week)
(Bb) means reading can be found on Blackboard site
If individual chapters or page numbers are NOT listed, that means read the entire volume.

8/27

There is reading that needs to be done by this first class.
Either:
Paternoster, R., & Bachman, R. (Eds.). (2001). Explaining criminals and crime. Los Angeles: Roxbury. Chapter 1
Or:
Akers, R. L., & Sellers, C. S. (2012). Criminological Theories. (6th Edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter 1

NOTE: Over the course of the semester, you probably want to work through one of these books. Here is the main difference. Paternoster is descriptive. Akers is descriptive and critical. The critical part you may find helpful.

TOPICS. Course introduction. Purpose. Requirements. What is a seminar? Why this approach. How to succeed in this course. How to fail. What is crime theory? Varieties of crime theory. Approaching theory with your own predliections. How to code and decode theory. Some meta-theory basics. Evaluating Theory

9/3 MACRO-LEVEL - INTERNATIONAL DIFFERENCES IN SERIOUS CRIME
TOPIC: How do cultural variations and institutional differences explain international serious crime differences? IAT
READING: Messner, S. F., & Rosenfeld, R. (2000). Crime and the American dream (Third ed.). Monterey: Wadsworth.
9/10

MACRO-LEVEL - COMMUNITY CRIME DIFFERENCES - CULTURE
TOPIC: Collective efficacy, crime, the neighborhood effect, and selection
READING: Sampson,Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect
READ ONLY chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 15
<< LIST OF CHAPTERS CHANGED

9/17

MACRO-LEVEL - COMMUNITY CRIME DIFFERENCES - STRUCTURE
TOPIC: The racial spatial divide and community crime differences: What are the sources of community crime rate differences between White and African-American urban neighborhoods?
READING: Peterson & Krivo,Divergent Social Wworlds

9/24

CRIME IN CONTEXT: WHITE COLLAR CRIME
Sutherland, E. H. (1983). White Collar Crime: The Uncut Version. New Haven: Yale University Press.
READ ONLY: Preface, chapters 1,2,3,4,14,15

10/1

CRIME IN CONTEXT, AN INTERACTIONIST VIEW: SITUATIONAL ACTION THEORY - PART I
Wikstrom, P.-O. H., Oberwittler, D., Treiber, K., & Hardie, B. (2012). Breaking Rules: The Social and Situational Dynamics of Young People's Urban Crime.  Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. (chapters 1, 2, 3, 7, 9)
RECOMMEND - Chapter 4 - skim to get a sense of the spatial patterning of land use and criminal activity

10/6

10/8

CRIME IN CONTEXT, AN INTERACTIONIST VIEW: SITUATIONAL ACTION THEORY - PART II
Skype class with Professor Per-Olof Wikstrom, Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University - WILL BE READING ADDITIONAL CHAPTERS
REVIEW SESSION

10/15 FIRST IN CLASS EXAM
10/22

INDIVIDUAL LEVEL: THE BONDS
TOPIC: Bonds and control theory and delinquent acts
READ: Hirschi, T. (1969). Causes of delinquency (Transaction Publishers 2002 edition ed.). Berkeley: Unversity of California Press.
Chapters 1-12

10/29

INDIVIDUAL LEVEL: OVER TIME
TOPIC: Individuals and personal history: The Life course perspective
READ: Laub, J., & Sampson, R. J. (2003). Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent Boys to Age 70. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

11/5

INDIVIDUAL LEVEL: CRIMINOGENIC TENDENCIES
TOPIC: General Theory of Crime
READING:
Gottfredson, M., & Hirschi, T. (1990). A General Theory of Crime. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
- Chs. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12

11/12

BENEATH THE INDIVIDUAL: BIOCRIMINOLOGY
Raine, A. (2013). The Anatomy of Violence. New York City: Pantheon Books. READ INTRO AND CHAPTERS 1-9

11/19

REACTIONS TO THE BREAKING OF LAWS
Garland, D. (2002). The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

11/26 NO CLASS - THANKSGIVING/FALL BREAK
12/3

THE CULTURE OF CONTROL INTERSECTS WITH REAL LIVES - read ONE of the following - YOU choose
Fader, J. J. (2013). Falling Back: Incarceration and Transitions to Adulthood among Urban Youth. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
CHAPTERS 1-6
Goffman, A. (2014). On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

LAST DAY OF CLASSES Wed. 12/8; study days 12/9, 12/10; exams begin 12/11

12/10

Study Day

REVIEW SESSION


Final paper due via SafeAssign on blackboard 12/17

See paper assignment

12/17 SECOND IN CLASS EXAM - same time and place as regular class