Teaching Deviance, Criminology and Delinquency as Distinct Courses in Sociology Department at a University That Also Houses a Criminal Justice Department

Nathan W. Pino, Georgia Southern University

Some sociologists have wrestled with the problem of teaching distinct criminology and deviance courses in the same academic department (Kunkel 1999); Bader, Becker and Desmond 1996). Serious issues arise in course development involving course content similarity, theoretical overlap, and reading and writing assignment redundancy. What about those of us who must teach delinquency in addition to criminology and deviance? What if those courses must be taught in a sociology department at a university that also houses a criminal justice department? Criminal justice departments usually offer courses that can have large amounts of content overlap and assignment redundancy with the aforementioned sociology courses. This situation is problematic because many criminal justice students who need sociology credits often choose to crime and deviance-oriented sociology courses. Sociology majors interested in crime and deviance are likely to take more than one of these sociology courses as well. The paper offers ideas for developing distinct deviance, delinquency, and criminology courses in order to help professors manage these problems.

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Updated 05/20/2006