Sociology of Violence
The course is built around 3 principal goals: (i) to examine and assess the socio-genesis and manifestation of, and resolution to, forms of aggression, violence and victimization; (ii) to examine and assess the varied ways that forms of aggression, violence and victimization have been explained sociologically; (iii) to expand conventional definitions of ‘sports violence’ and move toward a more inclusive -- and sociological -- understanding of ‘Sports-Related Violence’. Essentially, then, this seminar-style and heavily interactive course investigates ‘violence’ using aspects of aggression, violence and victimization related to sport as its substantive focus. It will draw centrally from two literatures: Criminology and the Sociology of Sport. As a 400-level specialized course in this area of concentration, Soci. 425 assumes intimacy with concepts, theories and ideas taught in Sociology 325 (Deviance and Social Control). Substantively, it would also be helpful for students to have taken other 400-level Criminology classes as well as Sociology 399 (Sport), but these are not essential or required.