University of South Carolina
Department of Sociology
Office: Sloan 217
Office: Sloan 217
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to understand the manner in which sociologists study various structures and processes of social control and empirically analyze relevant aspects of social control in a variety of social settings.
The themes of this course involve a selection of topics in the sociology of social control. First, the course provides an overview of relevant sociological theories and traces the history of the concept of social control in American sociology. Second, we discuss the concept of discipline and its relevance for the study of punishment. Third, attention goes to contemporary forms of surveillance and the role of police. Fourth, we focus on the history and contemporary conditions of international police cooperation. And, fifth, we analyze aspects of the policing of terrorism, both at home and abroad.
The course syllabus is available to all registered students via Blackboard. The final grade for the course is based on three tests and a (cumulative) final exam. Consult the university calendar and Office of Academic Integrity for further details.
1. Sociological Theories of Social Control
2. Discipline and Punishment
3. Surveillance and Policing
4. International Police Cooperation
5. The Policing of Terrorism
The required readings for this course consist of two books and several articles. For registered students, all readings except the Deflem book on the policing of terrorism are available in pdf format on Blackboard.
- Bayer, Michael. 2010. The Blue Planet: Informal International Police Networks and National Intelligence. [pdf] Washington, DC: National Intelligence Defense College.
- Deflem, Mathieu. 2010. The Policing of Terrorism: Organizational and Global Perspectives. New York: Routledge.
- Ross, E.A. 1896. Social Control [pdf]. American Journal of Sociology 1(5):513-535.
- Deflem, Mathieu. 2015. Social Control. In the Wiley Handbook on Deviance, edited by Erich Goode. Malden, MA: Wiley, in press.
- Lyon, David. 2008. Surveillance Society. Paper delivered at Festival del Diritto, Piacenza, Italy.
- Deflem, Mathieu and Shannon McDonough. 2015. The Fear of Counterterrorism: Surveillance and Civil Liberties Since 9/11. Society, vol. 52, in press.
- Deflem, Mathieu and Samantha Hauptman. 2015. Policing. In James D. Wright, Editor-in-Chief, The International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition. Elsevier, in press.
- Deflem, Mathieu and Stephen Chicoine. 2014. History of Technology in Policing. Pp. 2269-2277 in Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, edited by Gerben Bruinsma and David Weisburd. Berlin: Springer.
- Deflem, Mathieu. 2000. Bureaucratization and Social Control: Historical Foundations of International Police Cooperation. Law & Society Review 34(3):601-640.
- Deflem, Mathieu. 2002. Technology and the Internationalization of Policing: A Comparative-Historical Perspective. Justice Quarterly 19(3):453-475.
GRADUATE STUDENT REQUIREMENTS
Graduate students in MA and PhD programs need to fulfill all of the readings and assignments that are specified for undergraduate students. Additionally, they also have to read some additional writings (delivered by the instructor via email) and they need to complete two papers: a mid-term paper, and a final research paper. Details of the graduate assignments are to be obtained from the instructor. Please contact by email or after the first class.