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Crime, Law, and Society

Concentration Requirements: students must complete 48 credits with a minimum of 24 upper division credits within the major.

Preliminary core: Must take SOC 204 or SOC 207 and PS 275 and ES 101.

Methods requirement: Complete one of the following courses: Geog 391 (F18, U19), PS 102 (SP19), or Soc 311 (Offered every term)

Specialization requirements: Must take 8 of the following courses:

ANTH 176, 310*, 322, 413, 473
ES 345M, 352, 410*, 452
CRES 420 (offered only through the UO Prison Education Program)**
FHS 482, 483
GEOG 343
INTL 370
J 385, 397, 496*
LING 415
PHIL 325, 344, 425
PPPM 418
PS 348, 368, 371, 375, 466, 470, 472, 484, 485
PSY 366, 380, 388
SOC 313, 328, 330, 345, 355, 370, 380, 410*, 425, 445, 452, 480, 484
WGS 321, 341

*Topic course subject to title change; only specific title is approved

**See UO Prison Education Program for a list of additional course offerings. Additional courses through UOPEP may be considered for use as a GSS-CLS Specialization course. See a GSS Advisor to learn more.

Course Descriptions for Crime, Law and Society

(notation if group satisfying: Arts & Letters (AL) Social Science (SSC), Science (SC), Multicultural (IP, AC, or IC). 

Preliminary coreMust take SOC 204 or SOC 207 and PS 275 and ES 101.

SOC 204 Introduction to Sociology (SSC, IP) The sociological perspective with emphasis on fundamental concepts, theories, and methods of research.

SOC 207 Social Inequality (SSC, IP) Overview of social inequality, cross-culturally and within the United States. Examines relationship of social inequality based on social class, race, and gender to social change, social institutions, and self-identity.

PS 275 Legal Process (SSC) Overview of the United States legal system. Covers a range of socio-legal writing and provides a context for the legal system under which the U.S. operates.

ES 101 Introduction to Ethnic Studies (SSC, AC) Multidisciplinary study focuses on Americans of African, Asian, Latino, and Native American descent. Topics include group identity, language in society and culture, forms of resistance, migration, and social oppression.

Methodology requirement:  Complete one of the following courses: Geog 391, PS 199 (CRN: 26646), or Soc 311

GEOG 391 Social Science Inquiry and Research How social scientists approach knowledge creation, and the research design process, including developing research questions and selecting methods. Students will further develop an understanding of ethical considerations in social scientific research, as well as how to determine the quality of research design and study findings. This course will primarily draw upon theoretical content from geography.

PS 102 Thinking Like a Social Scientist This course introduces students to different modes of thinking in everyday life, and shows how “thinking like a social scientist” can sharpen our thinking for a variety of contexts. It will prepare students for further study in any social science or history (including anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, sociology) and will make clear why studying these social sciences is useful for many different careers.

SOC 311 Introduction to Social Research The development of social research; the nature of scientific inquiry and basic methods and techniques; examination of representative sociological studies from the standpoint of methodology. Prereq: SOC 204 or 207.

Specialization requirements: Must take 8 of the following courses:

ANTH 176 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (SC) Introduction to human skeletal analysis and its application in a legal context, using biological and anthropological approaches to the recovery and identification of human remains.

ANTH 310 Race and Housing (4) – This course will critically examine the anthropology of race and housing in the U.S. and how these two important topics are interrelated. With a particular focus on culture, inequality, and policial economy, we will explore together: How does anthropology contribute to understanding the ways in which housing “choices” (opportunities and limitations) and institutions affect, and are affected by, race, class, and inequality? How does an antrhopological understanding of race and housing help to shed light on rising debt, inequality, poverty, displacement, and economic insecurity? How do anthroplogical perspectives and methods illuminate complex and controversial social issues in ways informed by research?

ANTH 322 Anthropology of the United States (SSC, AC)  Explores the culture and the political economy of the contemporary United States, with a particular focus on race, class, and gender relations. Pre- or coreq: ANTH 161.

ANTH 413 Culture and Psychology (IC) Bridges anthropology and psychology to explore the relationship between the individual and culture; includes such topics as emotion, personality, mental illness, and sexuality.

ANTH 473 Advanced Forensic Anthropology Teaches theory and analysis of human remains for medico-legal professionals, including estimating biological parameters from skeletons and outdoor crime scene processing and testimony.  Pre-req: Anth 176 with a grade of B- or better.

CRES 420 Restorative Justice (4) – Provides a critical introduction to the principles and practices of restorative justice. The course will meet at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. It will include 15 “inside” (students inside ISP) and 15 “outside” (UO) students. See UO Prison Education Program for more information and a list of additional course offerings.

ES 345M Music, Politics, and Race (SSC, AC) Examines a variety of musical forms and their relationship to histories of racial and social justice, inequality, and political movements. Offered alternate years.

ES 352 Social Equity and Criminal Justice (SSC, IP) Addresses critical issues related to social justice and equality as they pertain to the history and present state of the U.S. criminal justice system. Topics will include criminal codes, immigration, the war on drugs, judicial discretion and mandatory sentencing.

ES 410 Muslims in the US Muslims in America have multiple & complex identities. The history of Western imperialism in Africa, Asia & the Middle East; decolonization & the subsequent emergence of nationalism in these areas, are some of the contributing factors in shaping the identities of Muslims before their migration to the US. Institutional racism, corporate oil interests, the Gulf War, September 11, hate crimes, etc., and have further tarnished their relationship with America. This course begins with the historical migration of Muslims into the US in the slavery period. It next examines their patterns of settlement & the formations of various ethnic & cultural groups over time. Similarities & differences among African Americans, Arabs, South/South East Asians & others will be explored.

ES 452 Race and Ethnicity and the Law Addresses issues of social justice and the participation of Asian Americans, African Americans, Chicanos and Latinos, and Native Americans in the legal system. Prereq: ES 101 or 102.

FHS 482 Prevention of Youth Violence Research and practice in community interventions designed to prevent youth violence. Includes home, school, and community-based interventions.

FHS 483 Prevention of Interpersonal Violence Examines interpersonal violence and community-based prevention using ecological, multicultural, international frameworks. Emphasizes assessment, prevention, intervention, and simultaneous occurrence of adult violence and child maltreatment.

GEOG 343 Society, Culture, and Place (SSC, IP) Examines ways in which geographical context reflects and shapes cultural and social processes. Importance of place and territory in human affairs. Prereq: sophomore standing.

INTL 370 International Human Rights (4) (SSC, IP) Survey course on human rights, which examines diverse perspectives on the concept, practice and implementation of human rights and human rights regimes.

J 385 Communication Law (SSC)  Legal aspects of the mass media: constitutional freedom of expression, news gathering, access to public records and proceedings, libel, privacy, copyright, advertising, electronic media regulation, and antitrust. Prereq: J 201, sophomore standing.

J 397 Media Ethics (AL)  Ethical problems in mass media: privacy, violence, pornography, truth telling, objectivity, media codes, public interest, media accountability. Prereq: J 201.

J 496 Topic: Communication Ethics and Law (topic course would have to be approved by GSS) Analyses of ethical and legal issues confronting the communications industry using various ethical and legal theories, readings, and cases relevant to the specific topic. Prereq: J 201, junior standing.

LING 415 Semantics Survey of the fundamentals of semantic theory from traditional formal logic to modern cognitive approaches. Additional coverage of fundamental notions in pragmatics. Prereq: LING 290 passed with a grade of C– or better.

PHIL 325 Logic, Inquiry, and Argumentation Explores the means and ends of argumentation and inquiry by considering deductive reason, argumentation and emotion, and ethical and social dilemmas in inquiry.  Prereq: one philosophy course.

PHIL 344 Introduction to Philosophy of Law (SSC) Introduces central problems in the law; examines the nature of legal reasoning.

PHIL 425 Philosophy of Language Philosophical theories of language and meaning, with special attention to the nature of concepts and reasoning. Prereq: junior standing.

PPPM 418: Introduction to Public Law Administrative law, including introduction to legal research, for public administrators. Administrative procedures, implementation of policy through administrative law, judicial review, and practical applications in public agencies.

PS 348 Women & Politics (IP) – Examines the political role of women and questions of equality in the U.S. from historical and contemporary perspectives. Topics may include voting, welfare, reproductive rights, and representation.

PS 368 Gender in the Law (IP) Examines the role courts have played in framing and shaping policies where gender is a central feature with a focus on reproductive rights, pregnancy and abortion, domestic violence, rape, family issues, prostitution, and sexual harassment. Offered alternate years.

PS 371 US Congress Study of Congress as an institution: congressional elections, the committee system, and the internal distribution of influence; relations with the President and the Supreme Court.

PS 375 Race, Politics, and Law (SSC, AC) Examines the development and transformation of race-based domination and resistance in the United States by examining the intersection of policy and law.

PS 466 Civil Rights in the Post Warren Era This course talks about modern developments in civil rights law looking across multiple policy arenas (housing, employment, reproduction, education) and multiple forms of discrimination (race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion).

PS 470 Constitutional Law Surveys how the U.S. Constitution works as a structure for government. Addresses how the federal courts interact within the U.S. system of government.

PS 472   Matters Life & Death Examines the right to life from political, legal, and philosophical perspectives. Considers abortion, capital punishment, assisted suicide, just-war theory, and animal rights.

PS 484 United States Supreme Court The Supreme Court as a political body; the judicial role in the context of the economic, political, social, and psychological factors that influence the court’s decisions.

PS 485 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Overview of the role of rights in the United States legal system. Particular emphasis on the role of freedom and equality in a federal system. Prereq: PS 275 or 470/570.

PSY 366- Cultural/Mental Health (4) (SSC, IP) – Culture and Mental Health is a class that explores the role of culture in the definition and maintenance of mental health and “mental illness”. We will be exploring what our culture and various cultures of the world have to say about mental health, mental illness, and treatment of mental illness.

PSY 380 – Psy of Gender (SSC, IP) – Critical analysis of evidence for sex differences, gender roles, and the effect of gender on traditional issues in psychology. Topics include parenthood, violence, and sexual orientation. What are the differences between men and women? Why do we always think of differences? In this course, we will review empirical findings regarding common beliefs about gender, the relationship of gender to traditional issues in psychology (e.g., moral development, personality, interpersonal relationships), and special issues pertinent to gender, (e.g., violence, relationships). This course is designed to provide students with a critical analysis of evidence for sex differences and similarities, gender roles, and the effect of gender on traditional issues in psychology. We will examine psychological theory and research on issues of sex and gender, and the interaction of these topics with interpersonal and organizational issues as well as health and relationships. Through readings, lectures, discussions, films, assignments, and exams, we will explore together multiple meanings and constructions of gender.

PSY 388 Human Sexuality. The nature of human sexuality; hormonal, instinctual, and learned factors in sexuality; psychosexual development; sexual orientation; frequency and significance of various types of sexual behavior; sexual inadequacy; sexual deviation.

SOC 313 Social Issues and Movements (SSC) Contemporary social issues viewed in relation to the social structure of American society. Social movements and ideologies related to these issues.

SOC 328 Self and Society (SSC)  How the thought, feeling, and behavior of individuals are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others.

SOC 330 Sociology of the Family  Introduction to and historical perspective of the family as a social institution and small-group association. Prereq: SOC 204 or 207.

SOC 345 Race, Class, and Ethnic Groups (SSC,AC) Major class, racial, and ethnic groups in the United States with special attention to the culture and experience of minority groups.

SOC 355 Sociology of Gender (4) (SSC, IP) Position of women in contemporary society; women and work, politics, families, the economy; intersection of gender, race, and class; women’s movements. Previously offered as SOC 216.

SOC 370: Urban Sociology Examines the growth of cities; urban inequalities, politics, and social movements; built environment, ecology, and sustainability of cities and identity; global cities and immigration.

SOC 380 Introduction: Deviance, Control, and Crime Origins of rules and laws, patterns of reactions to their violation, emphasis on causal theories of deviance and of crime, data sources for study of crime.

Soc 410 Topic: Homelessness in the United States (only this title is approved) Why care about homelessness or people who are homeless?  Homelessness is important because it connects to human suffering, housing policies, debates involving family structure and city planning, in/equalities of class, race, and gender, broader political- economic priorities, and more.

SOC 425 Issues in Sociology of Family: [Topic] Analysis of selected topics in the sociology of the family. Topics include the sociology of parenthood, feminist perspectives on the family, and the family in cross-cultural perspective. Prereq: SOC 310, 311, 312. [Soc 312 has a pre-req of Math 095 or equivalent.] R twice for a maximum of 12 credits when topic changes.

SOC 445 Sociology of Race Relations (AC) Racial oppression as a structural and ideological feature in American life. Prereq: SOC 310, 311, 312, 345. [Soc 312 has a pre-req of Math 095 or equivalent.]

SOC 452 Issues of Migration: [Topic] Sociological analysis of migration, including dynamics of race and ethnicity, social structure, and social policy. Examines assimilation, marginalization, multiculturalism, postcolonialism, and social cohesion. R when topic changes. Offered alternate years. Prereq: 310, 311, 312. [Soc 312 has a pre-req of Math 095 or equivalent.]

SOC 480 Crime and Social Control Emphasizes definitions of crime, major substantive areas of crime, and control policies in the United States.

SOC 484 Issues in Deviance, Control, and Crime: [Topic]  Topics vary. Examples are modern policing, juvenile delinquency, correction, emerging forms of social control.

WGS 321 Feminist Perspectives: Identity, Race, Culture (SSC, AC)  Examines intersections of race and ethnicity, class, sexuality, and gender in the history and lives of United States women of color. Explores definitions of community, culture, and identity. Prereq: one WGS course or ES 101 or 102.

WGS 341 Women, Work, and Class (SSC, IP) Explores contexts and cultural attitudes shaping the women’s market and domestic labor including race, sexuality, age, and class as well as occupational segregation and control.

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