This course seeks to develop a sociological framework for examining crime. Consequently, we will spend most of our time presenting and evaluating sociological theories of criminal behavior. We will begin by developing a definition of crime and law, show how these ideas are rooted in the classical school, and then discuss methods and causality. This will set up our discussion of sociological theories of crime at the structural level, neighborhood level, and individual level. Finally, we will discuss punitive methods for controlling crime. Throughout the course, we will emphasize developing critical thinking skills when evaluating policy, theory, and research pertaining to crime. This means going beyond memorizing theory and research, and being able to critique and evaluate ideas. Students will have opportunities to apply critical thinking skills in discussions and writing assignments.