Examines role of police, courts, and corrections in criminal justice. Applies sociological theories and perspectives to issues in law enforcement, adjudication, and corrections. Legislative reforms. Innovations in policy.
This course explores how crime and justice are defined and administered in the US and looks at current issues in crime and justice around the world. As part of this course we will explore how social and political forces helped to shape the way that we perceive crime and justice; examine the criminal justice system in the US, including policing, court procedures, and punishment; and evaluate the impact of the current criminal justice institutions, focusing on the phenomena of mass incarceration that has evolved in the US over the past four decades.
Student learning goals
Gain knowledge about key institutions of criminal justice.
Develop an understanding of the social causes and consequences of the criminal justice system.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading