Crime and Society

By Dr. C. Karuppiah   |   Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
From the ancient periods crime has always been an integral part of the society.     With the passage of time, crimes have not only multiplied but also have proliferated. With the result, the modern societies find it difficult to define crime in clear terms. The dividing line between what is a crime and what is not has become very thin, posing great challenges to the crime justice system of many countries.

Learners enrolled: 2154


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 01 Aug 2019
End Date : 24 Sep 2019
Exam Date : 09 Nov 2019
Enrollment Ends : 10 Sep 2019
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Level : Undergraduate


    Week – I 

    1.  Crime and Society - An Introduction
    2.  Social Relations and Criminality
    3.  Typology of Crimes 

    Week – II  

    4.  White Collar Crime
    5.  Terrorism and Related Crimes
    6.  Methods of Criminology

    Week – III

    7.  The Classical & Neo - Classical Schools of Criminology
    8.  Conflict Theory of Criminology - Marxian Perspectives
    9.  Labeling Theory of  Crime
    Week – IV

    10. Theories of Crime - 1
    11. Theories of Crime - 2
    12. Theories of Crime - 3

    Week – V

    13. Theories of Punishment - I
    14. Theories of Punishment - II
    15. Prisons and Classification
    16. Open Air Prison - An alternative to prison of walls
    17. The Juvenile Justice System

    Week – VI  

    18. Parole and Probation as Community - Based Correctional Measures
    19. Crime and Society - Correctional Administration
    20. Crime and Society - Correctional Measures - Prison Based
    21. Correctional Administration - Community Based

    Week – VII  

    22. Juvenile Correction: Institution Based and Community Based
    23. Prison Reforms
    24. Changing Profile of Crimes  in India
    25. Changing Profile of Crime and Criminals in India 

    Week – VIII

    26. Modern Criminology - Positive Approach
    27. Modern Criminology - Psychological Approach
    28. Modern Criminology - Sociological Approach
    29. Crime Prevention - Strategies and Systems


    1. Banshi Dhar Dwivedi; ‘A - Z Criminology’ Centrum Press, New Delhi, 2009 
    2. Chokalingam.K; Criminology (Tamil) Parvathi Printers, Chennai.
    3. Amodh K.Kanth; Juvenile Justice: The Indian Context and Prayas Experiment  ‘Kumarappa Rockless Award Lecuture, Annyak Conference of the Indian Society of Criminology’ , Chennai-2002.
    4. Pankal J.J. and Gokale; Crime and Corrections in India (Ed). Tata Institute of Social Sciences, SBombay, 1989.
    5. Shir Kumar Dogra: ‘Criminal Justice Administration in India’. Deep and Deep Publications Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2009.


    Dr. C. Karuppiah
    Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology
    Madurai Kamaraj University

    He has 20 years of Teaching and Research Experience in the field of Sociology and has  specialized in Sociology of Health. He has Published 4 books many, Research papers and Presented 34 Papers.


    30% for in course Assessment & 70% of end term Proctored Exam