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week 1 of notes

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week 1 of notes Soc 3600

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these notes have some very important information from the syllabus along with week one set of notes.
Nicole kaufman
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Ranayzia Notetaker on Sunday August 28, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Soc 3600 at Ohio University taught by Nicole kaufman in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 56 views. For similar materials see Criminology in Sociology at Ohio University.


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Date Created: 08/28/16
Monday August 22, Went over syllabus: View important things you should know 1) We only have one book we need called “Native Son (1940)” 2) Her office hours are Monday & Wednesday 3-5 pm 3) Her email Is 4) We have a midterm exam on Sept 21 st 5) Our final exam is December 9 th 6) You can bring one page (2 sides) of written notes to both exams 7) Anything below a 69 is a D+ Wednesday August 24 , th Took notes on defining crime and deviance: Criminology is…. A field of social science 1) An organized skepticism 2) Data Interdisciplinary Concerned with developing a body of knowledge about crime 1) Based on many data points 2) By studying how well theories beat out data The scientific study of….  Law making  Law breaking  Social responses to law breaking But it is not  Crime scene analysis  Personality profiling  Policy making  Concerned with single spectacular crimes Looks at the meaning of crime  For individuals who perpetrate or are victims  For social groups at greater risk of being involved  For officials who regulate behavior  For societies at large  Across time and place Looks a crime (deviance) as a dependent variable What factors cause or shape crime? Inquire conditions that impacts…  Crime rates  Involvement in criminal behavior  Victimization  Labeling  Time and day (location) What are the consequences of crime? A legal understanding of crime Emphasis on crime in terms of…  Violating criminal law Sociologist is concerned about the understanding of crime  Social responses to crime  Power distribution of resources  Social science standards for strength of claims about crime  The meaning of crime in social context Why pay attention to crime?  Understanding values driving decision making  Holding the mirror up to our society  Public safety  Representation of crime are unavailable  Were all involved or affected, directly or indirectly  Taxes used for crime control & research  Consuming crime on tv  Knowing about crime and the treatment of criminals is a part of our civic role  Correct public misinformation  Improve theorization about cause and effects  To assess “payoffs” of social programs  To track repression  To guide better, fairer polices What’s the difference? Crime  Is violating the law Deviance  Violating customs, norms th Friday August 26 Took notes on Social Constructionism and crime: Two perspective in criminology Conflict  Norms of elite’s conflict with norms of general population  Laws reflecting interest and norms of elites, not rest of population Consensus  Agreement about norms across the society  Laws reflect the norms of the harmonious coalition of members of society What makes a man a pirate?  They are known for their drunkenness, swearing, going against the church, being a sailor, having idleness(productiveness), robbing people, murdering people, torturing people and just really deviant. Who sponsors their “Work”?  Government (Trying to control trade against other countries),  Merchants (Mercantilism-British controlled everything that goes in and out),  Themselves (trying to get the treasure and gold for themselves) Who determines what a pirate was?  British rulers 1. Heavy, mercantilism and the expansion of the empire  Merchants  Journalist  Colonist (Lay people) -British subject  Religious leaders 2. Theocracy- mass bay colony Social construction: key points  Reality  Language  Relevance of context and power  Facts? Who says? Application of social construction of crime  There’s nothing inherent in an activity thats serious  Rather we make certain activities serious  Looks at how the categories of people and activates are created 3. Who benefits Something we all (The Class) can agree on about pirates  They are defined by their mobility of boats & water  There criminals  Alcoholics  They still exist  They produce terror, fear  Their search for treasure  They violate social norms


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