Cerro Coso offers ‘crime and society’

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Ever wonder why people commit crimes? What really is crime? Are crime rates increasing or decreasing? And why? These and many more questions will be explored in a new sociology class being offered by Cerro Coso Community College this spring.

SOCI C162 Crime and Society will meet with Professor Sarah King Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:40-10:05 a.m. The course will provide a sociological analysis of crime, criminal behavior, and the criminal justice system. It explores the history of social construction of crime and criminality and examines the definition of crime and its violations as well as the laws and methods used to control criminal behavior. Students discuss social research of crime basic theoretical explanations of criminal behavior.

“The course is useful for those considering degrees in the fields of criminology or the criminal justice system,” said a spokesperson. The course will outline major concepts of criminology, define social norms and explain why they exist in all cultures as a way to maintain social control.

Spring semester begins Jan. 13. Registration available at www.cerrocoso.edu.

Story First Published: 2017-12-22