Department of Sociology


Course Code: 2320434
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 6.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. MEHMET KAYHAN MUTLU
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

The essential objective of this course is to enable the students to understand crime, since it is one of the significant social problems in our time as caused by a combination of socail econumic poverty and relative deprivation. There are millions and millions people in the jails and law enforecement agencies The concept of Crime covers conventional and white collar-corporate crimes. This course especially emphasizes on cultures and social structures which mostly responsible for the criminals. Therefore, cross-cultural studies and comparisons are elaborated in the class.

Course Content

Patterns of deviance and crime. Theories in social deviance and crime, such as anomie, subculture, differential association and labeling approaches. Status frustration and adaptation to strain, deviance and conflict; the structure and process of deviance. Social reaction to deviant behavior and labeling outsiders. Deviance and identity, the defensive deviant act. Subculture groups. Types of crime, homicide, rape, robbery, burglary, etc.

Learning Outcomes

to see what might be healty society as used in sociology, where human sufferings are possibly minimized