SOCI-250 - Introduction to Criminology - Robert Wonser
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You are interested in a sociology course. That right there is pretty awesome in my book (that book by the way, The Awesomeness of Sociology!*). This particular course is Sociology 250: Introduction to Criminology.
In this course we'll examine crime from a sociological perspective (what we'll call the sociological imagination and the only way to study anything to do with society!). We will look at some fascinating topics in this class including (but not limited to) the crime as a sociological phenomenon. What does sociology have to offer about crime, don’t you already know this? Absolutely not!
So much of our world is taken for granted. Sociology actively changes that, forces interrogation and a critical awareness. Nevertheless, there is so much more. Using your newly discovered sociological imagination, everything you knew is open for scrutiny and the mundane becomes extraordinary. We'll explore this idea and many more as we progress through the course.
Hi all! My name is Robert Wonser and I earned my BS in Business Administration with an option in Marketing and my MA in Sociology from CSUN. My research interests include culture, mass media, subcultures, popular culture, youth culture, consumerism, social stratification, criminology, and social psychology. I have written about the intersections of popular culture and deviance and the representations in zombie cinema as depicting of global pandemic and its implications for selfhood. Currently my spare time is spent with my daughters who I’m training to be sociologists.
This class will serve as your introduction to sociology; you are in for a treat! Sociology is the best subject! Literally, it is the best. I am not kidding; the best. Everything you are interested in, sociology has something to offer. We'll look at some fascinating topics in this class including (but not limited to) the big three: race, class, gender. What does sociology have to offer about ourselves, don’t you already know this? Absolutely not! So much of our world is taken for granted. Sociology actively changes that, forces interrogation and a critical awareness. But there is so much more. Using your newly discovered sociological imagination everything you knew is open for scrutiny and the mundane becomes extraordinary. Enjoy!
Explores the scientific study of crime and criminality and the definition of crime and its violations as well as the laws and methods used to control criminal behavior. Formerly SOCI-150.
What to Expect in this Course
This class will serve as your introduction to the discipline of criminology. Criminology is a subfield of sociology; you are in for a treat! Sociology is the best subject! Literally, it is the best. I am not kidding; the best. Everything you are interested in, sociology has something to offer. In this class, we will take a critical look at the social context in which crime occurs, tackling questions like why does crime occur. Why some places are more prone to crime than others are? What is it about people that allows for criminality? We will of course also examine some fascinating topics in this class including (but not limited to) the big three: race, class and gender. However, there is so much more. Using your newly discovered sociological imagination, everything you knew is open for scrutiny and the mundane becomes extraordinary. Enjoy!
This course will be fun. We'll explore the world you know from a sociological vantage point and I promise, you'll see things that will be intriguing, maybe even upsetting, but always interesting!
After reading the message below, please feel free to email me with questions at this email address: email@example.com.
I will strive to answer emails I receive prior to the first day of class within a day or two. Please be sure to include your full name, the class, and the section number in your emails. Please don't email me to say, “May I add your class?” if there is a waitlist. Read this letter in its entirety first. This course is completely online class and will meet through Canvas through the COC website. We will not meet in person.
Please ensure you have logged into Canvas (https://coc.instructure.com/) and have completed the syllabus quiz no later than day two of the term; if you do not you will be dropped from this course.
***Remember that for each three-unit sociology class you should expect to spend nine hours per week on the class in a full semester. ***
This includes reading, taking exams, etc. I want you to be successful so it's good to know what the expectations are. Online courses require a high level of self-initiative and they are well suited to students who possess this quality. Just because it is online does not mean we do less work, we do the same amount of work online. The fun contents largely the same though. Still super interesting. And, regardless of the format, I will be with you along the way if you need any assistance.
To do well in this class you will need access to a dependable computer as well as reliable access to the internet. The school has many, many computers available for your use—check out the library, TLC, and ASG computer lab. Your public library also probably has computers for use, but the time allowed may be limited.
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Part of being successful in an online class is learning the material and the other part is being comfortable with the format so that you can access the material. If you are new to online courses I strongly suggest you investigate some of the online tutorials. They're easy enough!
Types of Assessments
This course will use quizzes, discussion boards, exams and assignments.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
This course is a ZTC course. There is no textbook to buy all learning materials will be provided inside the Canvas shell at no cost.
Other Relevant Course Information
This course is awesome. It is a sociology course. They are all awesome.
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Last updated: 09/14/2021 Sub#: 619