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.
Issues of crime and justice have become increasingly important topics over the last few decades, especially in politics and the media. As a nation, the US incarcerates more of its residents than any other nation in the world, it is the only western nation that executes those convicted of certain crimes, and increasingly treats juveniles as adults for the purposes of criminal prosecution and punishment. These are just a few examples of social issues relating to criminal justice. This course will explore how crime and justice are defined and administered in the US and look at current issues in crime and justice around the world. We will explore key issues in policing, the drug war, and the administration and effects of punishment paying close attention to the benefits and consequences of criminal justice policies and procedures.
Student learning goals
To understand not only how crime and justice are constructed and understood within the US, but also, as global citizens, to expand your understanding of how similar/different crime and justice issues are understood cross-culturally
To challenge you to think critically about issues concerning crime and justice in the US.
To develop writing and thinking skills that will demonstrate your ability to think critically and express your knowledge in an effective manner.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading