ERIC Number: ED183454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug-30
Reference Count: 0
Critical Criminology in the Classroom.
Kramer, Ronald C.
The major objective of the labeling perspective and conflict/power approaches to teaching college level criminology is to increase student understanding of crime as a sociological phenomenon. The labeling perspective maintains that the way in which criminology concepts are defined influences the kinds of questions and issues which are focused upon. Conflict/power approaches assume that criminality is not a particular behavior although it is defined as behavior by those who create and administer the criminal law. The author proposes that criminology teachers can help students understand the importance of labels and the process of criminalization by organizing an introductory criminology course around five major topics: 1) comparison of definitions of crime as behavior and crime as legal status, 2) investigation of bias in crime statistics, 3) historical, analytical, and critical survey of criminological theory, 4) review of literature on criminal laws, law enforcement, structure and functioning of criminal courts, and the correctional process, and 5) types of criminal behavior including violent, property, corporate, occupational, public order, organized, professional, and political. Course materials are suggested and briefly annotated, case studies are cited, and a course outline is presented. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (74th, Boston, MA, August 30, 1979)