ERIC Number: ED236092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Crime, Deviance and Respectability: A New Course in a Neglected Area in the Sociological Curriculum.
Friedrichs, David O.
A course on white collar crime suitable for use in a small or moderately sized undergraduate sociology program is outlined. The development, format, and evaluation of the course are discussed in separate sections. The program is seen as developing out of a need to identify and foster awareness of a wide range of illegal and deviant activities regularly engaged in by respectable individuals, such as corporate, governmental, and occupational crime and official misconduct. It is believed that these areas are often neglected in conventional sociology curricula. The format of the course is described as a combination of lecture, student oral reports, and discussion. Student requirements and their underlying rationale are explained. Assignments include a team oral report, oral critique of one to three articles, and an optional written paper. The design of these assignments to encourage class discussion is emphasized. Student response to the course is evaluated as generally favorable. However, tedium of readings on corporate crime and the focus on concepts rather than hard data are cited as areas of student dissatisfaction. The paper concludes with a syllabus outline. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: White Collar Crime
Note: Paper based on a roundtable conducted at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Detroit, MI, August 31-September 4, 1983).