Feb 06, 2023  
Mercy College 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mercy College 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BHSC 200 - Crime and Deviance

Credit(s): 6 credits for students who began the program Prior to Spring 2019 / 3 credits for students who began the program in Spring 2019 and Fall 2019
This seminar examines the sociological theory of deviant behavior and the most extreme manifestations of such behaviors, namely crime. The seminar begins by examining three critical questions: 

1. What is deviant behavior?

2. Why do people engage in it?

3. What should be the role of society in the regulation of deviance?

Following this examination, specific examples are studied: juvenile delinquency, drug addiction, and prostitution. Readings and discussions are supplemented by a case study method. By considering broad issues, such as society’s role in contributing to crime and the effect of the penal system on the offender, as well as specific issues, the seminar helps students deal more effectively with community problems. A Life Arts Project is required.  

Only open to students in the B.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences Teach-Out program. 

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