Department of Sociology

SOC F321K • Urban Sociology

85380 • Auyero, Javier
Meets MTWTHF 1:00PM-2:30PM CLA 0.112
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The course provides the student with an introduction to the study of the city and the suburbs. The larger focus of this class is inequality in urban space, with particular emphasis on specific cities in the United States. Topics to be discussed in this class:


-       Formation and transformation of U.S. cities and suburbs

-       Residential Segregation and gentrification

-       Migration to U.S. metropolitan areas

-       The social structure of ‘natural disasters’

-       Sex work in major cities

-       Drug trafficking and consumption

-       Crime

-       Gang violence

-       Environmental injustice

-       Evictions


Student will read and discuss a series of articles and books and will be asked to “go to the field” to find images/voices of gentrification in Austin – should be a fun collective project.


Required Texts:





On Crime:

On gentrification and segregation:



Grading Policy:


40% of your grade: Final exam (multiple choice or paper).

20% of your grade: Class presentation on assigned readings

20% of your grade: Class assignment (PHOTO PROJECT on IMAGES OF GENTRIFICATION)

20% of your grade: Class attendance

SOC F325L • Soc Of Criminal Justice

85390 • Kelly, William
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM CLA 0.112
(also listed as URB F354)
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This course is in two parts.  The first will provide an introduction to the American criminal justice system, its policies and procedures.  The primary focus will be on how criminal justice operates.  This will include some discussion of crime and its correlates, crime prevention, law enforcement, courts and corrections.  The second part traces where criminal justice policy has been, what it has accomplished, and where it should go in order to effectively reduce crime, recidivism, victimization and cost.  The primary focus of where do we go from here is on prosecution, sentencing and corrections.

The class periods will be devoted to lectures and discussion. We may have guest speakers and probably a video or two.  The lecture material will sometimes correspond very closely with the material in the texts and sometimes it will not.  I encourage class discussions and questions and hope that the material will be sufficiently interesting and controversial to motivate discussion.


Experiencing Criminal Justice by Nicole Hendrix

Criminal Justice at the Crossroads; Transforming Crime and Punishment by William Kelly

Grading and Requirements

There will be four exams.  The first two are multiple choice/true false.  The second two are multiple choice and short answer.  Each exam constitutes 25% of the course grade.  The exams will cover all of the material - assigned readings, lectures, guest speakers and videos.


  • Department of Sociology

    The University of Texas at Austin
    305 E 23rd St, A1700
    CLA 3.306
    Austin, TX 78712-1086