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Maria Grigoryeva
SOC 372
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Criminal Justice

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.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Maria Grigoryeva
Date: 04/16/2013