UCLA Social Control and Collective Interests Discussion
Using readings from this week, please provide thoughtful and comprehensive responses to the following questions:
1. After reading Meier’s paper, summarize how you define social control.
2. Does collective interests infringe on self-interest? Why or why not?
3. Summarize the goals of criminal law. Of these goals, rank them from most important to least important then explain your rationale for your ranking.
4. Finally, the readings pose an important question regarding criminal law and social control: penalties for violation of criminal law can be used to rehabilitate or condemn offenders. Which of these (rehabilitation or condemnation) ensures a higher likelihood that members of any given society will abstain from violating social norms? Why?