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Lecture 1

SOC 2700 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Actus Reus


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC 2700
Professor
Reza Barmaki
Lecture
1

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Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 Lecture 1
What Is Criminology?
Theories of Crime
The concept of wrongdoing
oIn sociology it refers to deviance
Homosexuality or tattoos
Human behaviour must be regulated
How do you know when you are being deviant?
You will be punished
Norms we are serious about we call
laws
oIn psychology it refers to abnormality and disorder
There is a normal way of thinking, feeling, and behaving
If you do not feel, think, or behave the
normal
was you
are abnormal or su(ering from a disorder
Years ago if you were homosexual you were considered
abnormal
oIn religion it refers to sin
Defy the norm to sin
Punished by God
Earthquake
Heart attack
oLegally it refers to crime
Cocaine used to be legal
Government uses the Criminal Code of Canada to punish
criminals
Criminology
oTheoretical explanations for why people commit crimes
oA theory is not a common sense explanation
oWhy do we put criminals in jail and not use the death penalty
CJS Approach
oWhat is Criminal Justice?
When someone commits a crime and the government catches
them and they are punished is justice
oActus Reus
The
act
of committing a crime
oMens Rea
The
intent
of committing a crime
Theory
oGeneral explanation
White-Collar Crime
oSutherland
Committed by a person of respectability and high social status
in the course of his occupation
oThe crime of somebodies
People who we have respect and trust for
Priests
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