Department of Sociology at The University of Akron

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

Olin Hall 247
Akron, OH 44325-1905
330-972-7481

Fall semester office hours
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The University of Akron

Dr. Matt Lee

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Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the Department of Sociology at The University of Akron.

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FOUR GREAT SPRING COURSES TO CONSIDER

1. Murder in America 3850-365-002

Typically, murders are studied on a case-by-case basis, however homicide victimization and offending in the United States varies by age, sex and race. The aim of this course is to study homicide across demographics, place and context.

2. Social Effects of Crime in the Media 3850-360 (fully online and only seven weeks)

Television newsCrime in American society is consistently one of the concerns in public opinion polls. It is also one of the most common subjects of television shows, movies, and other forms of media. “If it bleeds it leads” is a phrase that aptly demonstrates the American public’s fascination with crime. This course is designed to examine various forms of media and how it presents crime. These images will be analyzed from a sociological perspective, focusing on issues of racism, gender expectations, class distinctions, moral panics and fear of crime.

3. Women and Crime 3850-416 (fully online and only seven weeks)

Women are involved in all aspects of crime including as offenders, victims, and people who work in the criminal justice system. This class examines issues including the gendered nature of crime and criminal justice, the overlap between women’s victimization and offending, prostitution, the global sex trade, drug addiction, and gendered violence.

4. Gangs and Organized Crime 3850:365-001 (lecture and discussion)

Individual crime causation is frequently described as expressive and explained by low intelligence and/or mental illness. This course will explore the structure and processes of criminal organizations that provide goods and services contrary to a legitimate governmental organization. We will also explore the methods used by the government in an effort to shut down gangs and criminal organizations.

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