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Course Code and Title: SOS 681-Contemporary Theories of Crime

Course Type: Elective
Course Level: Masters
Year and Semester: Autumn
Course Length: One semester, 3 hrs lectures per week
Prerequisite(s): None
Language of Instruction: Turkish
Course Credits: 3 0 3
ECTS Credits: 7
Lecturer: Dr. Aslıhan Öğün Boyacıoğlu
Course Contents:

  • Micro and macro level constructions of causality in modernist criminological theory
  • Micro level constructions of causality: classical and rational choice theory, biological theory, personality and psychological thedry, social control and learning based theories, interactionist and labeling theory
  • Macro level constructions of causality: social ecology and social disorganization theory, structural and subcultural strain theory, conflict, radical and critical theory.

Course Objectives: By the end of this course the student will be able to discuss the main theoretical approaches to the understanding of crime and to specific types of crimes and develop critical analysis about the construction and causality of crime. 
Teaching Method: Lectures, classroom discussions and student presentations
Assessment Method: Homework, presentation and short report. (one presentation (%25) one report (%25) and one final homework (%50))
Reading list:
Becker, Howard. (1963). Outsiders, New York: Macmillan Publishing.
Cohen, Stanley. (1985). Visions of Social Control, Cambridge: Polity Press.
Siegel, Larry. (1989). Criminology, St. Paul: West Publishing.
Nelken, David. (1994). The Futures of Criminology, London: Sage Publications.

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