Course develops a sociological framework for the study of crime. It starts by building a foundation for exploring crime—what social factors influence our definition of crime, how we measure crime, the trends and changes in crime rates and patterns, and approaches to crime control. Students will examine theories from a range of inter-disciplinary perspectives on the etiology and causes of crime and criminal behavior. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on current research, policies and practices on how we respond the crime problem. The goal of this course is to get students thinking about the nature of crime and justice, the complex sources of crime, and to engage in critical thinking on how we respond to crime. What is working? What is not working? What research can we critically examine? What are the social costs of current practices? How can we do better?