Criminal Sociology

lcrim2104  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Criminal Sociology
5.00 credits
30.0 h + 15.0 h
Brion Fabienne; Francis Vincent (compensates Brion Fabienne);
Main themes
This course surveys major theoretical approaches to deviance and social control, and to crime and legal punishment.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 - Expose the major theories and fundemental concepts in sociological criminology.
- Develop analytical skills required for critical appraisal of criminological research 
- Introduce to sociological reasoning and practice as applied to deviance and social control, crime and legal punishment (formulation of research hypotheses, analysis of empirical data)
Contents: The theories surveyed are :
(1) The social disorganization and ecological theories
(2) The subcultural and strain theories
(3) The differential association and social learning theories
(4) The anomie and structural-functionalist theories
(5) The labelling and social-constructionist theories
(6) The power-conflict and marxist theories
Teaching Methods : Lecture course and seminars (practical exercises). Attendance at all lectures ans seminars is required. Reading assignments. Study questions.
Evaluation methods
In-class written exam. 15-pages take-home essay (seminar-practical exercises)
Other information
Complementary readings: presentation, analysis and discussion of selected texts: E Burgess, CR Shaw, HD Mc Kay, E Sutherland, T Sellin, E Durkheim, R.K. Merton, HS. Becker, E Goffman, H. Garfinkel
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Sociology

Master [120] in Criminology