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Undergraduate Course Syllabi
Course Id Semester Course Name Instructor Description
47:202:102 Fall 2015 Criminology Sullivan The course offers an overview of the scientific study of crime. Topics include the history of criminology, definition and measurement of crime, time trends, various theoretical approaches to the study of crime, and the characteristics of different types of crime. (3 credits)
Spring 2016 Criminology Sullivan
Spring 2016 Criminology Bhardwaj
Spring 2017 Criminology Desoto
Spring 2017 Criminology Sullivan
Spring 2017 Criminology Webster
47:202:103 Fall 2015 Introduction to Criminal Justice Manning The field of criminal justice aims at supplying knowledge in developing policies and practices to deal with criminality. This aim, however, poses a fundamental challenge in a democratic society: how to maintain a system that deals with crime and criminals while still preserving individual rights, rules of law, and justice. To facilitate the exploration of these and other issues, this introductory course will present three major themes: 1) crime and justice are public policy issues; 2) criminal justice can best be seen as a social system; and 3) the criminal justice system embodies society's effort to fulfill values such as liberty, privacy, and individuals’ rights. Students will learn why these values can come into conflict as choices are made about how to operate the system of criminal justice. With these themes in mind, students will be introduced to the structure and functions of police, courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system in the United States. Lessons will focus on these specific entities (micro level), as well as the dynamic relationships among all of them (macro level). The course will incorporate diverse learning activities including lectures, PowerPoint presentations, and group discussions. There are no prerequisites. (3 credits)
Fall 2015 Introduction to Criminal Justice Trocchio
Spring 2016 Introduction to Criminal Justice Ostermann
Spring 2017 Introduction to Criminal Justice Ostermann
Spring 2016 Introduction to Criminal Justice Chowdhury
Spring 2016 Introduction to Criminal Justice Webster
Spring 2017 Introduction to Criminal Justice Gonzalez
Spring 2017 Introduction to Criminal Justice Harvest
Spring 2017 Introduction to Criminal Justice Ship
Spring 2017 Introduction to Criminal Justice Rhazali
47:202:104 Fall 2015 Cutting Edge Criminology Jody Miller Cutting Edge Criminology is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn firsthand about our award-winning research—from its conceptualization to its real world impact. Each week will feature a faculty speaker from SCJ. They will tell the stories of their own research—inspiration, methods, findings—and discuss how they tackle important problems that affect people’s lives. Our job is to be at the leading edge of intellectual thought and action about crime and justice, and this class is designed to stimulate students’ thinking about how criminology can help do the work of justice.
47:202:203 Spring 2016 Police and Society Demir The function of police in contemporary society; the problems arising between citizens and police from the enforcement and nonenforcement of laws, from social changes, and from individual and group police attitudes and practices. (3 credits)
Spring 2016 Police and Society Barnum
Summer 2016 Police and Society Manning
Spring 2017 Police and Society Adubato
Spring 2017 Police and Society Klein
47:202:204 Spring 2016 Corrections Christian Examines and analyzes the major types of custodial and community‐based criminal corrections in contemporary America. Discusses purposes of corrections, correctional organization, impact of corrections, and contemporary issues facing the field. (3 credits)
Spring 2016 Corrections Johnson
Spring 2016 Corrections Moore
Spring 2017 Corrections Gershman
47:202:222 Spring 2016 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice Lageson Examines the Bill of Rights as it pertains to criminal justice practices and procedures. Also analyzes the important judicial opinions, trials, and congressional investigations and reports concerning criminal justice laws, policies, and practices. (3 credits)
47:202:224 Spring 2016 Community Corrections Cantara The theory and practice of major community‐based correctional responses (such as probation, parole, and diversion programs) to convicted criminal offenders; community corrections as an important social movement and the countermovement to abolish the parole function. (3 credits)
Spring 2017 Community Corrections Chowdhury
Spring 2017 Community Corrections Johnson
47:202:225 Fall 2014 Criminal Justice: Ethical and Philosophical Foundations Barnaby Ethical and philosophical issues and moral dilemmas within the field of criminal justice, including principles of justice, deontology and utilitarianism, philosophical issues in sentencing, police and ethics, ethics and research, and the scope of state control. (3 credits)
47:202:301 Spring 2016 Criminal Justice Research Methods Campbell This course offers an introductory and intensive overview of research methods in the social sciences. (4 credits)
Spring 2016 Criminal Justice Research Methods Henein
Spring 2017 Criminal Justice Research Methods Henein
Spring 2016 Criminal Justice Research Methods Sachs
Spring 2017 Criminal Justice Research Methods Shields
Spring 2017 Criminal Justice Research Methods Wakefield
47:202:302 Fall 2015 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice Onat Examines the various types of data used within criminal justice and the fundamentals of statistics and analysis. Provides an analysis of the appropriate use of data, the limits of various methods, how data is collected, and how to interpret findings. Policy implications of data will also be discussed. Prerequisite: 21:62:202:301 and the basic undergraduate math requirement. (4 credits)
Fall 2015 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice Demir
Spring 2016 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice Demir
Spring 2016 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice Bacak
Spring 2017 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice Bacak
Spring 2016 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice Jacobsen
Spring 2017 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice Avakame
Spring 2017 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice Bount-Hill
Spring 2017 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice Minteh
Spring 2017 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice Vespucci
47:202:312 Summer 2016 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems Nowotny Approaches to law enforcement, criminal procedure and criminal law, corrections, and juvenile justice; worldwide overview of cultural and legal traditions related to crime. (3 credits)
47:202:313 Fall 2015 Gender Crime and Justice Jacobsen An in‐depth survey of changing social values about gender, changing criminal codes about sex crimes, changing law enforcement policies and procedures in prosecuting sex offenders, and emerging legal doctrines about privacy and sexual rights. (3 credits)
Fall 2015 Gender Crime and Justice Webster
Spring 2016 Gender Crime and Justice Whitney
Summer 2016 Gender Crime and Justice Bhardwaj
47:202:323 Spring 2016 Cybercrime Kim This course is designed to introduce an overview of crime in cyber space to students with no educational background on computer science. The course provides students with an introduction of the social, legal, and technical impact of cybercrime on the global stage. The main course contents will generally focus on cybercrime in the context of criminology and policing cybercrime. Course lessons will expose students to specific aspects of cybercrime (micro level) and the linkages of traditional crime to cybercrime and mainstream society at large (macro level). The course will incorporate diverse learning activities including lectures, class exercises, presentations and group discussions. (3 credits)
Spring 2017 Cybercrime Iannarelli
Spring 2017 Cybercrime Minteh
47:202:324 Spring 2016 Violent Crime Adubato Provides an in‐depth analysis of the relationship between violence and criminal behavior. Assesses the theoretical bases of violence by looking at anthropological, biological, and sociological explanations. Looks at violence within the context of individual, group, and societal behavior. (3 credits)
Summer 2016 Violent Crime Wade
47:202:333 Fall 2015 Race and Crime Cantara This course examines and explores how race is related to offending, victimization, and various interactions with the criminal justice system. The course considers how race is defined, as well as racial differences in patterns and trends. The course critically examines explanations of these racial differences. (3 credits)
Spring 2016 Race and Crime Tyson
Spring 2017 Race and Crime Bembry
Spring 2017 Race and Crime Shields
47:202:342Q Fall 2015 Contemporary Policing Cantara Contemporary Policing course covers critical law enforcement problems, including organized crime, alcohol, drugs, policing of civil and natural disturbances, and the diffusion and multiplicity of police agencies; crime reporting, assessment difficulties, and the public reaction; the administrative problems of staffing, supervision, employee morale and militancy, and public charges. The rationale is to introduce critical issues in police management and innovations in policing strategies. (3 credits)
Fall 2015 Contemporary Policing Fisher
Fall 2015 Contemporary Policing Manning
Summer 2016 Contemporary Policing Onat
Spring 2017 Contemporary Policing Spruill
Spring 2017 Contemporary Policing Duygulu
47:202:343Q Winter 2016 White Collar Crime Avakame The mention of crime and criminals evokes mental images of poor, unkempt, young (usually non-white) males with lethal weapons prowling the night. This course is designed, partly, to debunk that class bias in conventional criminology. We will spend a considerable amount of time discussing the conceptual issue of what constitutes white-collar crime. To sharpen our focus we will, at all points, draw parallels with so-called conventional crime. The discussions will assume a reasonable level of familiarity with the subject matter of criminology and criminal justice. (3 credits)
Spring 2016 White Collar Crime Kim
Spring 2016 White Collar Crime Kim
Spring 2017 White Collar Crime Yablonsky
Spring 2017 White Collar Crime Avakame
47:202:344Q Fall 2015 Crime in Different Cultures Kim Anthropological approach to crime as a pattern of social behavior. Crime and punishment in other societies, especially non‐Western societies that lack institutional systems of criminal justice; the social evolution of crime and crime‐related institutions in U.S. history; anthropological studies of people and organizations on both sides of the crime problem. (3 credits)
Fall 2015 Crime in Different Cultures Marchi
Spring 2016 Crime in Different Cultures Marchi
Spring2017 Crime in Different Cultures Bollinger
Spring2017 Crime in Different Cultures Evan
Spring2017 Crime in Different Cultures Gershman
Spring2017 Crime in Different Cultures Minteh
47:202:402 Spring 2017 Contemporary Problems in Corrections Bollinger This course will focus on the impact of alternatives to incarceration, the growing prisoner rights movement, strikes by correctional employees, and public resentment toward persistently high rates of recidivism; special study of issues concerning correctional education, job training, work release, and post-incarceration employment. (3 credits)
47:202:410 Spring 2016 Environmental Criminology Cantara Environmental criminology considers how the everyday environment provides opportunities for crime as well as obstacles for carrying it out. It provides important means for reducing crime by modifying or planning the built environment, and designing produces and places so crime is less opportune. Moreover, it offers an alternative theory of crime based on the opportunity to carry it out. (3 credits)
Summer 2016 Environmental Criminology Demir
Spring 2017 Environmental Criminology Marchi
47:202:411 Summer 2016 Juvenile Gangs Kubik This course explores juvenile street gangs, when they exist, when they are illusory, public reactions to them. It also considers co‐offending by juveniles who are not necessarily gang members. The course considers what membership in a gang means and when gangs are cohesive or not. It examines variations among juvenile street gangs, and contrasts these with other groups of co‐offenders that are sometimes called 'gangs'. (3 credits)
47:202:412 Spring 2016 Organized Crime Adubato The course provides students a historical and theoretical overview of organized crime as well as a specific understanding of its variety. Students will gain an understanding of the structures of organized crime and the varieties of businesses associated with traditional and nontraditional organized crime groups. (3 credits)
Spring 2017 Organized Crime Minteh
47:202:422 Spring 2017 Youth Violence Hohl Understanding and preventing youth violence is a major focus of the nation’s policy agenda and involves research and practice in the mental health, public health, psychiatry, and criminal justice communities. This course will focus on the assessment, development, prevention, and treatment of youth violence among children and adolescents. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, we will review the biological, social, and psychological underpinnings of youth violence and discuss how policymakers and practitioners at all levels deal with this problem. (3 credits)
47:202:423 Winter 2016 Crime Over the Life Course Wade This course examines the development of anti-social and criminal of behavior from childhood through old age, including patterns of onset, persistence, and desistance; what is known about why and how people start and stop committing crime at various ages and the different types of crime that are typically committed by people at different ages. (3 credits)
47:202:424 Spring 2016 Mass Incarceration and Collateral Consequences Kurti Since 1970, incarceration rates in the United States have quintupled and are now higher than those in any other country in the world. These huge increases in mass incarceration over a short period of time have persisted through periods when crime was rising and even in the more recent time periods when crime has been falling. Apart from the dubious effects of mass incarceration on public safety suggested by these divergent trends, mass incarceration also has substantial collateral consequences across society, affecting families, communities, the labor market, the military, political processes, and the use of taxpayer dollars. This course examines trends in mass incarceration, their sources, and their direct and indirect effects on society. (3 credits)
Spring 2017 Mass Incarceration and Collateral Consequences Bembry
47:202:425 Spring 2017 Miscarriages of Justice Englander The major purpose of this course is to provide a critical and interdisciplinary examination of the current functioning of the American criminal justice system, focusing specifically on the procedures used by various criminal justice actors that can lead to errors in case processing and unjust outcomes. We examine policies and practices of the American criminal justice system (e.g., police procedure, prosecution, jury selection, scientific evidence, appellate court procedures, etc.) that unintentionally contribute to the wrongful apprehension, prosecution, conviction, incarceration, and even execution of the innocent. Moreover, we explore the collateral consequences of punishing “false positives,” including implications for undermining the legitimacy of the criminal justice system and allowing impunity for culpable offenders who remain at-large. (3 credits)
47:202:466 Fall 2015 Topics in Criminal Justice: Gangs Chin This course examines the gang problem in the United States. It explores the nature of gangs, including issues such as defining gangs, types of gangs, and female gang involvement. It also examines the theory and methods of understanding gangs, and the group process of gangs. This course further investigates the criminal involvement of gangs, focusing on gang members’ involvement in extortion, drugs, violence, and other crimes. Moreover, the community context of gangs will also be discussed. Finally, the course examines programs for social intervention and law enforcement, and policy issues related to gangs. (3 credits)
Fall 2015 Topics in Criminal Justice: Wildlife Crime Kurland INTERPOL defines wildlife crime as the “taking, trading, exploiting or possessing of the world’s wild flora and fauna in contravention of national and international laws”. Wildlife crime, therefore, refers to buying, selling, or distributing wild animals (or their parts) and/or plants that are protected by law. Crimes against wildlife are widespread, numerous, and varied. They range from illegal trade, trapping and snaring, to poaching, injuring and killing. This course will provide an overview of the crimes committed against wildlife, with a special emphasis on the illegal trade of animals. Other issues covered in this class include global trends in wildlife trade, international laws governing this trade, the global impact the trade has in terms of the survival of animal species and the associated long-term negative effects on humans. (3 credits)
Spring 2017 Topics in Criminal Justice: Wildlife Crime Kurland
Spring 2017 Topics in Criminal Justice: Gangs and Community Outreach Chowdhury Criminologists have had a longstanding interest in gangs and gang violence dating back to Thrasher’s (1927) ethnographic observations of Chicago’s gangs in the 1920’s. Community is an important focal point for gangs. In order to understand the role of the community, this course examines the importance of community outreach as a way to address gangs and gang related violence. This course will utilize empirical articles, documentaries, experiential learning, memoirs and ethnographies to provide an exhaustive depiction of the several layers to addressing gang prevention, intervention and youth violence. (3 credits)
Spring 2017 Topics in Criminal Justice: The Media and Criminology Williams This course is designed to survey, critique and analyze how the media affects the criminal justice system. We will discuss the how all aspects of media, from the written word (i.e. newspapers) to the various visual components utilized in today’s society including but not limited to the internet, television, film, and music are utilized to discuss various subjects in the criminal justice system. Students will engage in discussion of theories regarding the media and criminology. Included will be historical portrayals of crime and justice. Also included will be such topics as political campaigns and social response to events as they occur. (3 credits)
Spring 2017 Topics in Criminal Justice: Human Trafficking Duygulu This course provides an overview of the phenomenon of human trafficking in its various forms. It emphasizes understanding the experiences and needs of trafficking victims and the methods of operation of traffickers and their networks across different cultural contexts. The rationale is to introduce responses of the state and non-state actors to this transnational crime and modern-day slavery as well as to discuss possible policy implications. (3 credits)
47:202:499 Fall 2015 Internship in Criminal Justice Griffiths The purpose of this internship is to provide Criminal Justice majors with an opportunity to: (a) Apply academic knowledge and skills in a practical setting and (b) Obtain additional knowledge and skills in preparation for professional work or graduate school. (3 credits)
Spring 2016 Internship in Criminal Justice Griffiths
Spring 2017 Internship in Criminal Justice Tyson


Graduate Course Syllabi
Course ID  Semester  Course Name  Instructor


Fall 2015 Foundations of Criminological Theory Griffiths This is the first course of a two-part graduate sequence introducing students to the major theories of crime and criminal justice.  It focuses on the foundations of criminological theory, with an emphasis on classical readings.  It familiarizes students with key research questions and assumptions of theoretical approaches, their core propositions and challenges for measurement/testing, as well as policy implications. (3 credits)


Fall 2015 Human Smuggling Chin This course is an examination of two transnational criminal enterprises, the smuggling and trafficking of persons, that draw on similar criminal groups, methods, and motives. It covers analytic approaches to studying the topics; the role of organized and other forms of crime to each; how agents operate in specific geographic contexts; and how state and non-state actors are responding to the smuggling and trafficking of persons. (3 credits)