Understanding Crime and Crime Control Options

Course Leader(s)
Day of Week: Thursday
Course Length: 6 weeks
Starting: 10/31/2024
Ending: 12/12/2024
Period of Day: Period 2 Zoom
Time: 11:30 - 1:00
Course Fee: $60

Course Description:

This is a 6-week exploration of major crime issues. The purpose is to introduce various approaches to understanding why people commit crimes and what, if anything, can be done to prevent these acts. We will examine major categories of crime, crime control strategies, the politics of crime, why certain people become victims (victimology), violence, guns, and emerging crimes such as cybercrimes. Criminological, sociological, psychological, economic, and other perspectives will be discussed in terms of how successful these approaches are in responding to crime problems.  Hot topics of the day will be examined, including white collar crime, why the U.S, has such an extraordinary imprisonment rate, how race and class determines who gets arrested, restorative justice, and other emerging crime issues.  Examples will be given from the U.S, as well as other nations.  The format will be class discussions with lectures to introduce and highlight the weekly topics.  Prep time will be about 2 hours a week, and materials provided are optional.

Please note that the last class will be on December 12, during the make-up week.

Books and Other Resources:

Materials will be made available directly online and/or emailed links sent to all class members.  I will select readily available articles for each week.  The materials could include government policy and analyses, university research, advocate position papers, and sometimes even way out thought pieces.

Course Leader Bio(s)

Sandy Sherizen

Trained as a sociologist, I became a criminologist and then became a computer security and privacy professional.  I have taught at various universities, led seminars, and given speeches in many settings around the world.  Flunking retirement, I have taught English as Second Language to adult immigrants,  served on a patient research ethics and safety board at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and am a mentor in a College Behind Bars Program taught by professors at Emerson  I have taught lifelong courses on Your Privacy is at Risk, The Sociology of “Deviant” Behaviors, Surviving the Inquisition:  Marranos/Crypto Jews/ Conversos, and Positive and Negative Social Consequences of Technology.