Course Description & Syllabi


Undergraduate Courses
47:202:102 : Criminology (3 credits)

This course introduces an examination of the field of criminology.  Major topics include definitions of, and the basic assumptions that are used to formulate, criminological theories.  Causes of crime and crime rates, United States and international comparisons, and a review of the current direction of research within the study of crime also discussed. Required Course – B.S.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Describe how crime is defined and measured.
  2. Articulate the major theories that explain criminal behavior, and the principal research findings associated with each major theory.
  3. Critically examine crime and deviance as social constructs and evaluate the effects that societal response to crime has on criminal behavior.
  4. Recognize diverse methods of data collection and the challenges of researching crime and deviance.

47-202-102 Criminology Prof Rachid Rhazali FA 17

47-202-102 Criminology Prof Morgan Pater FA 17

47-202-102 Criminolgy Prof Jo Kubik SP 18

47-202-102 Criminology Dr Mercer Sullivan FA 17

47:202:103 : Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)

This course introduces the study of societal responses to crime as well as an explanation of why criminal justice should be thought of as a system are covered in this course. Specific topics include the study of the people and organizations that make up the criminal justice system including actors such as the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and corrections officials.  Major branches and functions of the criminal justice system including law enforcement and order maintenance, courts and sentencing, and corrections and reentry are covered. Required Course – B.S.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Explain the structure and functioning of the basic components of the criminal justice system including the police, courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system.
  2. Articulate how the criminal justice system is a dynamic and interdisciplinary system made up of many different people and agencies.
  3. Describe the relationships among all parts and players of the criminal justice system as well as their relationships to other social systems and relevant stakeholders.
  4. Critically analyze how policies and practices of criminal justice agencies may directly or indirectly affect other criminal justice agencies, social systems, and/or key stakeholders.

47-202-103 Intro to Criminal Justice Prof Kristin Englander FA 17

47-202-103 Intro to Criminal Justice Prof Henri Schraeder FA 17

47-202-103 Intro to Criminal Justice Prof Elena Gonzalez FA 17

47-202-103 Intro to Criminal Justice Dr Sara Wakefield FA 17

47-202-103 Intro to Criminal Justice Dr Michael Ostermann FA 17

47-202-103 Intro to Criminal Justice Prof Danielle Shields SP 18

47-202-103 Intro to Criminal Justice Prof Henri Schraeder SP 18

47:202:104 : Cutting Edge of Criminology (3 credits)

This course features the academic research of faculty members and other active researchers and policymakers involved in the local, national, and international criminal justice scenes present their work to, and field questions from, students.  Students are offered the opportunity to interact with criminal justice stakeholders and gain knowledge about cutting edge research within the fields of criminology and criminal justice.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Describe the goals and breadth of research in criminology and criminal justice.
  2. Develop critical and creative thinking skills through an in-depth exploration of how criminologists evaluate arguments and information in order to create the foundations for their research.
  3. Be conversant with the diverse modes of inquiry and methodological approaches employed by criminologists to understand crime and justice.

47-202-104 Cutting Edge of Criminology Dr Jody Miller FA 17

47:202:203 : Police and Society (3 credits)

The course examines the function of police in contemporary society; the problems arising between citizens and police from the enforcement and non-enforcement of laws are covered in this course.  The mechanisms by which social changes impact the law enforcement and order maintenance functions of the police , interactions between the public and the police, and how these interactions impact police legitimacy are major topics that will be discussed.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Describe the history of policing in the United States, and analyze how the role of the police has developed and evolved in American society.
  2. Critically analyze key components of American policing such as the use of discretion, the development of police subcultures, ethics and policing, and the relationship between policing and technological developments.
  3. Articulate the historical roots of policing tactics such as stop and frisk, questioning suspects, the use of force, and search and seizure, and analyze their use in contemporary policing.
  4. Analyze the roles and functions of the police in the broader criminal justice system.

47-202-203 Police and Society Dr Binneh Minteh SP 18

47-202-203 Police and Society Dr Lloyd Klein SP 18

47:202:204 : Corrections (3 credits)

This course examines and analyzes the major types of custodial and community‐based criminal corrections in the United States of America. Discusses the origins, purposes, actors and actions, and consequences of the United States’ corrections system and its’ subsystems.  Specific topics include an in-depth analysis of the functions of institutional corrections like prisons and jails, as well as community corrections like probation and parole.  Contemporary theories guiding corrections including retribution, deterrence, incapacitation, and rehabilitation are discussed.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Articulate the historical roots and contemporary functions of the institutional and community corrections systems in the United States.
  2. Demonstrate an in depth knowledge about the subsystems that make up the American correctional system such as prisons, jails, probation, and parole, as well as alternative sanctions.
  3. Articulate potential collateral consequences brought about by processing individuals through a correctional system, as well as the potential social, political, and economic ramifications of expanding correctional resources.
  4. Analyze the roles and functions of corrections in the broader criminal justice system.

47-202-204 American Corrections Prof Andrea Johnson SP 18

47-202-204 Corrections Dr Andres Rengifo SP 18

47:202:220 : Reducing Local Crime (3 credits)

When urban governments and quasi‐governmental activities do their jobs well, they can greatly reduce various types of crime. This course relates urban design and management to crime and crime reduction. Specific topics include public violence, abandonment, littering, public drunkenness, environmental degradation, safe parks, secure streets and campuses, robberies, teen hangouts, outdoor drug markets, and more. The course is presented through the critical lens of problem oriented policing, routine activity analysis, and situational crime prevention to reducing local crime.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Explain what crime prevention is, and be able to identify policy prescriptions aimed at crime prevention.
  2. Assess and critique the major theories associated with crime prevention.
  3. Articulate how crime prevention strategies are used to prevent various street and retail offenses.
  4. Demonstrate an in depth knowledge, and become a critical consumer of the academic and applied evidence-bases that articulate crime prevention strategies.

47-202-220 Reducing Local Crime Prof Estee Marchi FA 17

47:202:221 : Case Processing: The Law and the Courts (3 credits)

This course explores criminal laws and judicial opinions that influence the policies, procedures, personnel, and clients of the criminal justice system in the United States.  Specific topics include, but are not limited to, the origin, development, and continuing changes in criminal law, administration of criminal justice, and the criminal courts.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Describe the jurisdiction, history, and structure of the judicial system in the United States.
  2. Discuss the various sources of law in the United States.
  3. Analyze judicial opinions that have shaped the American policy landscape as well as the procedures used by the broader criminal justice system.
  4. Explain the roles that the various actors and stakeholders within the American court system play, and how they interface more broadly with other actors and stakeholders within the criminal justice system.

47-202-221 Case Processing Prof Clara Rodriguez FA 17

47-202-221 Case Processing Prof Karen DeSoto SP 18

47:202:222 : Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice (3 credits)

This course examines the practices and procedures of the United States of America through the application and critical analysis of the nation’s Constitution.  Particular attention is paid to how the Bill of Rights is interpreted by courtroom actors, and how this interpretation results in the setting of precedence.  Discussion of how constitutional precedence reverberates in the criminal justice policymaking world, as well as specific analyses of important judicial opinions, trials, and congressional investigations are covered in this course.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Discuss the historical significance of constitutional interpretation relating to criminal offenses and criminal justice procedures, and the effect societal changes have on constitutional interpretation.
  2. Identify, analyze, and interpret the constitutional principles that apply to procedural law and criminal investigations.
  3. Identify and understand the Supreme Court cases commonly identified with criminal justice policy as well as demonstrate an understanding of the Court’s rationale behind its decisions.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding about the issues and controversies involved with the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court’s interpretation of them.

47-202-222 Constituional Issues in CJ Prof Keith Harvest FA 17

47:202:223 : Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (3 credits)

This course explores the causes and rates of delinquent behavior. Investigates the nature and operation of the juvenile justice system, and provides comparisons between the purpose and functioning of the juvenile justice system in comparison to the adult criminal justice system.  Issues of juvenile waiver to adult courts, important due process safeguards afforded to juveniles, and international comparisons are discussed.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Explain the historical origins of the juvenile justice system, the changing societal views towards the punishment and/or treatment of minors within the American justice system as well as the origins of delinquency.
  2. Discuss the concept of parens patriae and identify and interpret major Supreme Court cases that ushered in the due process revolution in the juvenile court.
  3. Analyze and critique the major theoretical explanations for the sources of delinquency behavior from psychological, sociological, and criminal justice perspectives.
  4. Demonstrate an increased knowledge about how the juvenile justice system fits within the broader criminal justice system within the United States.

47-202-223 Delinquency & Juvenile Justice Prof Andrea Johnson FA 17

47:202:224 : Community Corrections (3 credits)

This course examines the theory and practice of major community‐based correctional responses (such as probation, parole, and diversion programs) to convicted criminal offenders are explored in this course.  Discussions centering on why community corrections is an important social movement, and the countermovement to abolish the parole function, are offered in this course.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Articulate the historical roots of community corrections within the United States.
  2. Develop an in depth knowledge about the functions of the different subsystems of community corrections including probation, parole, diversionary programs, and alternative sanctions.
  3. Analyze and critique community corrections practices, and assess the evidence-base from which these practices stem.
  4. Analyze the roles and functions of community corrections in the broader criminal justice system.

47-202-224 Community Corrections Prof Katarzyna Gershman SP 18

47-202-224 Community Corrections Prof Keith Harvest SP 18

 

47:202:225 : Criminal Justice: Ethical and Philosophical Foundations (3 credits)

This course explores 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 are discussed in this course.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Explain the study of ethics as a necessary component of the criminal justice system, and how ethics apply to the system’s major institutions.
  2. Describe and explain different types of theories related to ethics.
  3. Apply ethical principles and theories to the decision-making mechanisms of actors and stakeholders within the criminal justice system.
  4. Analyze ethical dilemmas that are experienced by criminal justice actors.

47-202-225 Ethical and Philosophical Foundations Dr Liza Chowdhury FA 17

47-202-225 Ethical and Philosophical Foundations Dr Carlene Barnaby FA 17

47:202:301 : Criminal Justice Research Methods (3 credits; formerly 4 credits)

This course develops the tools needed for conducting research and writing reports and scholarly papers in criminal justice.  Students that take this course will become informed consumers of criminological research, and gain the tools to conduct their own basic research projects. Specific topics include the primacy of design, principles of reliability and validity, sampling theory, survey preparation, and the differences between, and strengths and detriments of, experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Required Course – B.S., B.A.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Describe common methods of social science inquiry.
  2. Discuss the linkage between research questions and research design.
  3. Explore major debates about research methods, social science, and ethics in research.
  4. Critically evaluate social scientific evidence and research.
  5. Become better-informed consumers of new reports, political rhetoric, and public discussion about the social world and social scientific research.

47-202-301 Criminal Justice Research Methods Prof John Vespucci FA 17

47-202-301 Criminal Justice Research Methods Dr Binneh Minteh FA 17

47-202-301 Criminal Justice Research Methods Dr Sara Wakefield FA 17

47-202-301 Criminal Justice Research Methods Prof Danielle Shields FA 17

47-202-301 Criminal Justice Research Methods Prof Danielle Shields SP 18

47-202-301 Criminal Justice Research Methods Dr Binneh Minteh SP 18

47:202:302 : Data Analysis in Criminal Justice (3 credits; formerly 4 credits)

This course 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. Required Course – B.S., B.A.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Define the main characteristics of research designs.
  2. Distinguish the levels of measurements and types of variables.
  3. Choose, apply, and correctly interpret summary measures.
  4. Visualize distributions of continuous and categorical variables.
  5. Calculate and interpret measures of association.
  6. Explain the principles of statistical inference.
  7. Test hypotheses using bivariate analytic techniques.
  8. Conduct basic statistical analyses by hand and using computer software.

47-202-302 Data Analysis Prof MArina Henein FA 17

47-202-302 Data Analysis Dr Valerio Bacak FA 17

47-202-302 Data Analysis Prof Kwan Blount-Hill FA 17

47-202-302 Data Analysis Dr Binneh Minteh SP 18

47-202-302 Data Analysis Dr Lloyd Klein SP 18

47-202-302 Data Analysis Prof Marina Saad SP 18

47:202:312 : Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3 credits)

This course provides a worldwide overview of cultural and legal traditions related to crime.  This worldview is used to fuel discussions about different approaches to law enforcement, criminal procedure and criminal law, corrections, and juvenile justice across different locations and cultures.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Compare and contrast organizational behavior concepts, management practices, and legal traditions of policing, court, corrections, and juvenile justice systems among different countries around the world.
  2. Evaluate the role of organizations across the world in setting criminal justice policies in different nations.
  3. Critique components, processes, and mechanisms involved in comparing cross-cultural criminal justice contexts.
  4. Discuss current events in justice systems in various countries across the world.

 

47:202:313 : Gender, Crime & Justice (3 credits)

This course provides 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.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Explore theories addressing female criminality, as well as differences between theories explaining male and female offending.
  2. Discuss the historical and socio-cultural construction of gender and how it influences agency and disempowerment.
  3. Increase understanding about the differences in the treatment of men and women as they are processed through the criminal justice system.
  4. Evaluate the roles that women play as employees in criminal justice agencies.

47-202-313 Gender Crime & Justice Prof Katarzyna Gershman FA 17

47-202-313 Gender Crime and Justice Prof Elena Gonzalez SP 18

47:202:323 : Cybercrime (3 credits)

This course examines the cybercrime, its prevention, and its significance for law enforcement. These types of crimes include illicit attacks on personal computers, on computer systems, on people via computers, and more. They include theft of information via computers, spreading of harmful code, and stealing credit and other information. Particular discussions about the level of technical proficiency that is used by cybercriminals are covered in this course.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Demonstrate an in depth knowledge about the origin, development, trend and future of delinquency and crime in cyber space.
  2. Analyze the causes, definitions, and typologies of cybercrime and cyber terrorism as well as the structure and functioning of basic Information and Technology infrastructures and their vulnerabilities.
  3. Articulate the dynamic relationships among cybercriminals, victims, Information Technology society and cyber policing.
  4. Discuss critically the policies and practices of policing on cybercrime might affect other criminal justice agencies, social systems, and/or key stakeholders.

47-202-323 Cyber Crime Prof Evan Yablonsky SP 18

47-202-323 Cybercrime Dr Binneh Minteh SP 18

47:202:324 : Violent Crime (3 credits)

This course provides an in‐depth analysis of the relationship between violence and criminal behavior. It assesses the theoretical basis of violence by investigating its anthropological, biological, and sociological explanations and roots. Students that take this course will be involved in investigations of how and why violence occurs within the contexts of individuals, groups, and societies.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Discuss methodological issues in measuring violence in society.
  2. Compare and contrast different contexts in respect to violence perpetration; such as social class and violence, violence in the family, between- and within-race violence, gender and violence, and the link between mental illness and violence.
  3. Identify causes of youth violence and the origins of youth gangs.

47-202-324 Violent Crime Dr Kwabena Nuamah FA 17

47-202-324 Violent Crime Dr Binneh Minteh FA 17

47:202:333 : Race and Crime (3 credits)

This course examines how race is related to offending, victimization, and various interactions with the criminal justice system. The course considers how race is defined at societal-, cultural-, and individual-levels, how these definitions are malleable, and how this impacts criminal justice policy.  Explanations and explorations behind disproportionate minority contact and representation in the United States’ criminal justice system are discussed in this course.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Define race, ethnicity, gender, as well as other relevant sociopolitical concepts.
  2. Examine the criminal justice system and its impact on people of color, and ethnic groups that constitute the minority population in the United States.
  3. Analyze, interpret, and critique the major theoretical perspectives tying together race and crime, and understand how these perspectives have changed over time.
  4. Analyze policies and practices of the police, courts, and corrections systems and how they can differentially impact racial and ethnic minorities.

47-202-333 Race and Crime Dr Liza Chowdhury FA 17

47-202-333 Race and Crime Dr Liza Chowdhury SP 18

47-202-333 Race and Crime Prof Danielle Shields SP 18

47:202:342Q : Contemporary Policing (3 credits)

This course covers various topics that are considered to be critical law enforcement problems.  Specific areas of inquiry include how to police organized crime, alcohol and drugs, the policing of civil and natural disturbances, and the diffusion and multiplicity of police agencies.  Discussion of issues within crime reporting by the police, assessment difficulties, and public reactions to law enforcement and order maintenance strategies used by the police are covered in this course.  Administrative problems of staffing, supervision, employee morale and militancy, and public charges are also critically discussed. Writing Intensive Course– B.S., B.A.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the critical issues in policing including use of force, management and organization, subculture, discretion, accountability, use of new technologies, evaluations of success, legitimacy, ethic, accountability, and professionalism.
  2. Identify and explain a variety of contemporary approaches used by the police to control and reduce crimes with evidence-based practices.
  3. Describe the role and function of police in a society and the impact of law enforcement on crime and public support.
  4. Apply theoretical knowledge of policing strategies to real life scenarios.

47-202-342Q Contmporary Policing Dr Lloyd Klein FA 17

47-202-342Q Contemporary Policing Prof Quovella Spruill FA 17.docx

47:202:343Q : White‐collar Crime (3 credits)

This course focuses on crimes organized by persons whose economic, political, and privileged positions facilitate the commission; relative impunity of unusual crimes that are often national and international in scope and that have serious, long‐term consequences. Writing Intensive Course– B.S., B.A.

 Course Learning Goals:

  1. Analyze acts that constitute white collar crimes and draw parallels between white collar and conventional criminological actives.
  2. Articulate the major theories that explain white collar crimes, and the principal research findings associated with the major theory.
  3. Analyze case studies of white collar crimes in order to explore themes around victimization, social damages, and criminal justice, and broader policy responses.
  4. Explore and critique different philosophies of punishing white collar crime.

47-202-343Q White Collar Crime Prof Karen DeSoto FA 17

47-202-343Q White Collar Crime Prof Jiles Ship FA 17

47-202-343Q White Collar Crime Dr Edem Avakame FA 17

47-202-343Q White Collar Crime Prof Karen DeSoto SP 18

47:202:344Q : Crime in Different Cultures (3 credits)

This course explores crime through the critical lens of anthropology by situating criminal acts as consequences of the complexity and nuances of human interactivity and cultural heterogeneity. Crime and punishment in other societies, especially non‐Western societies that lack institutional systems of criminal justice, and the social evolution of crime and crime‐related institutions throughout the United States of America’s history are particular topics that are discussed in this course. Writing Intensive Course– B.S., B.A.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Analyze various crimes across nations and cultures.
  2. Explore and critically analyze scholarly works on crimes across different nations and cultures.
  3. Compare and contrast the workings of the criminal justice system in the United States to that in different nations and cultures.
  4. Increase understanding and conceptualization of crime as a social phenomenon in the context of culture.

47-202-344Q Crime in Different Cultures Prof Ntasha Bhardwaj FA 17

47-202-344Q Crime in Different Cultures Dr Binneh Minteh FA 17

47-202-344Q Crime in Different Cultures Prof Gwendolyn Williams SP 18

47-202-344Q Crime in Different Cultures Prof Ntasha Bhardwaj SP 18

47:202:402 : Contemporary Problems in Corrections (3 credits)

This course explores the impact of alternatives to incarceration, the growing prisoner rights movement, strikes by correctional employees, and public resentment toward persistently high rates of recidivism are major topics discussed in this course. In addition, the class provides for an in-depth study of issues concerning correctional education, job training, work release, and post-incarceration employment.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the current issues faced by the United States’ institutional and community corrections systems.
  2. Critically assess criminological theories used to explain corrections and punishment.
  3. Analyze contemporary evidence-based strategies aimed at reducing rates of incarceration and recidivism.
  4. Analyze the history and development of the corrections system in the United States to provide context to contemporary problems.

47-202-402 Contemporary Problems in Corrections Prof Estee Marchi FA 17

47-202-402 Contemporary Problems in Corrections Prof Danielle Shields FA 17

47:202:410 : Environmental Criminology (3 credits)

This course considers how the everyday environment provides opportunities for crime as well as obstacles for carrying it out. Students that take this class will be involved in discussions about important methods for reducing crime by modifying or planning the built environment. Discussions about how environmental design may produce and places that make crime commission more or less opportune are covered in this class. Moreover, the course offers an alternative theory of crime based on the opportunity to carry it out.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Discuss the historical roots of the study between the relationship between ecology and crime.
  2. Critically assess theories of environmental criminology.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding about analytic strategies and tools that are used to study crime patterns and events as they relate to the convergence of place, space, and time.
  4. Assess the role of situational factors and criminal opportunities in explaining crime events, and how these can be used to guide prevention and control strategies.

47-202-410 Environmental Criminology Prof David Park SP 18

47:202:411 : Juvenile Gangs and Co‐Offending (3 credits)

This course explores juvenile street gangs, when they exist, when they are illusory, and public reactions to them. It also considers co‐offending by juveniles who are not necessarily gang members. The course considers what gang membership 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”.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Articulate how gangs are defined, and why these groups are considered a major social problem.
  2. Discuss the role that race, ethnicity, and gender play in the formation and activities of street gangs.
  3. Assess the role of gangs in relation to crime, drugs, and violence.
  4. Critique programs and policies that have attempted to address the problem of gangs in the United States and other contexts.

47-202-411 Juvenile Gangs Prof Jo Kubik FA 17

47:202:412 : Organized Crime (3 credits)

This course provides students with 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.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Identify the various classifications of organized crime.
  2. Interpret laws relating to organized crime.
  3. Explain theories of organized crime causation.
  4. Discuss the historical perspectives of organized crime, its origins, growth, and persistence.
  5. Assess and critique policy strategies for organized crime prevention and enforcement.
  6. Evaluate the economic and social impacts of organized crime.

47-202-412 Organized Crime Prof Quovella Spruill FA 17

47-202-412 Organized Crime Dr Ko-lin Chin FA 17

47-202-412 Organized Crime Prof Gwen Williams SP 18

47-202-412 Organized Crime Prof Quovella Spruill SP 18

47-202-412 Organized Crime Prof Gwen Williams SP 18

47-202-412 Organized Crime Prof Quovella Spruill SP 18

47:202:421 : Crime Mapping (3 credits)

This course provides a practical introduction to analyzing and mapping crime and other public safety data using open-sourced and web-based applications, as well as ArcGIS geographic information system (GIS) software. Students will learn skills to make and analyze maps and will develop a solid base upon which to build further expertise in crime mapping and GIS.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Develop the theoretical and practical skills necessary for studying crime in a geographic context.
  2. Explore data sources for understanding the geography of crime.
  3. Use computer-mapping software as a tool for examining crime in a variety of geographic settings.
  4. Describe how crime mapping is being used in criminal justice agencies.

47-202-421 Crime Mapping Prof Alejandro Gimenez Santana SP 18

47:202:422 : Youth Violence (3 credits)

This course focuses on the assessment, development, prevention, and treatment of youth violence among children and adolescents. 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. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the course will review the biological, social, and psychological underpinnings of youth violence, and discuss how policymakers and practitioners at all levels deal with this problem.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Discuss the historical roots of youth violence within a criminal justice context.
  2. Describe research findings about causes of youth violence.
  3. Assess the consequences of youth violence to individuals, families, and communities.
  4. Analyze and critique the evidence-base about policy prescriptions for the prevention and treatment of youth violence.

47-202-422 Youth Violence Prof Evan Yablonsky FA 17

47-202-422 Youth Violence Prof Kristin Englander SP 18

47:202:423 : Crime Over the Lifecourse (3 credits)

This course examines the development of anti-social and criminal of behavior from childhood through old age, including patterns of onset, persistence, intermittence, and desistance.  What is known about why and how people start and stop committing crime at various ages, and the different types of crimes that are typically committed by people at different ages are specific topics that are covered in this course.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Develop an understanding of the life course perspective of studying crime.
  2. Evaluate and critique the basic theories, concepts, and research methods used by life course criminologists.
  3. Identify and interpret patterns of criminal onset, persistence, intermittence, and desistance within the lens of life course criminology.

47-202-423 Crime Over the Lifecourse Prof Chris Bollinger FA 17

47-202-423 Crime Over the Life Course Prof Katarzyna Gershman FA 17

47:202:424 : Mass Incarceration and Collateral Consequences (3 credits)

This course examines trends in mass incarceration, their sources, and their direct and indirect effects on society.  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.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Examine the criminal justice system and its impact on people of color, and ethnic groups that constitute a minority population in the United States.
  2. Increase understanding about how incarceration experiences can reverberate into other life domains after release from prison and/or jail.
  3. Examine the socio-cultural and historical roots of the criminal justice system and high incarceration rates.
  4. Assess and evaluate sources of the differential impact that major criminal justice institutions have on various races and ethnic groups in American society.

47-202-424 Mass Incarceration and Collateral Consequences Prof Shaun Whitney SP 18

47-202-424 Mass Incarceration Prof Larry Bembry SP 18

47:202:425 : Miscarriages of Justice (3 credits)

This course provides 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. Students that take this course will examine policies and practices of the United States’ 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.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Describe and explain the mechanisms, dynamics, and situational and social context of wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice in the United States.
  2. Examine and critique policies and practices that contribute to miscarriages of justice.
  3. Analyze how the media influences and shapes public discourses about the criminal justice system in regards to miscarriages of justice.
  4. Examine theories that articulate how wrongful convictions occur, sources of error, and proposed remedies for what can be done to minimize and/or prevent future errors.

47-202-425 Miscarriages of Justice Prof Shelton McCall FA 17

47-202-425 Miscarriages of Justice Dr Beth Griffiths SP 18

47:202:466 : Topics in Criminal Justice - Vary per semester (3 credits)

47-202-466 Technology and Criminal Justice Prof Karen DeSoto FA17

47-202-466 Restorative Justice Prof Gwen Williams FA 17

47-202-466 Intelligence and National Security Prof Greg Richel FA 17

47-202-466 Community Policing Prof Jiles Ship FA 17

47-202-466 Environmental Justice Prof Anthony Iannarelli SP 18

47-202-466 Legitimacy in Criminal Justice Prof Kwan Blount-Hill SP 18

47-202-466 Media Crime and Public Policy Prof Beth Adubato SP 18

47-202-466 Policing in a Fair and Just Society Prof Rudolph Hall SP 18

47-202-466 Surviving Police Encounters Prof Shelton McCall SP 18

47:202:499 : Internship in Criminal Justice (3 credits)

47-202-499 CJ Internship Dr Beth Griffiths FA 17

47-202-499 CJ Internship Dr Beth Griffiths SP 18

47:204:105 : The Pursuit of Justice (3 credits)

This course surveys philosophies and strategies regarding structures of justice. The class begins with a review of the differences between retributive and distributive justice and how they are related. This analysis leads to a broader discussion of “what justice means,” both historically and in contemporary thinking. Students are encouraged to craft their own ideas about justice in social relations and in response to the law. Required Course – B.A.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Identify and explain fundamental elements of traditional Western moral philosophy.
  2. Think critically about ethical and moral issues relevant to racism in Western societies.
  3. Apply critical ethical thought to aspects of daily life affected by culture, power, and privilege.

 

47:204:220 : Inequality (3 credits)

American society tends to hold itself up as an arbiter of justice and equality, domestically and globally. Upon scrutiny, however, the topic of inequality reveals itself to be an epistemological aporia in which starkly oppositional ideas and frameworks are all held up as social goods, whether within American social practice, theoretical debate, academic discourse, or lived experience. This course addresses one, central question: How is it that institutions and nations with expressed intentions of achieving freedom, justice, fairness, and democratic thriving often end up both exacerbating injustice and deepening inequality? Required Course – B.A.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Discuss the concept of inequality in social, political, racial, economic, and gendered capacities.
  2. Identify key theoretical and methodological perspectives on inequality and eruditely comment on those perspectives, their benefits, and drawbacks.
  3. Gain a sense of inequality beyond the scope of a single cultural, racial, economic or gendered perspective, including its intersectional forms.
  4. Evaluate and identify enduring and recurring political or social processes and phenomena beyond the contemporary world with which they are familiar, such as the presence of inequality in multiethnic societies.
  5. Develop and deepen a personal view about the nature of inequality, and gain skills as a critical consumer of relevant research and popular media.
  6. Examine the discourse of inequality from multiple time periods and multiple voices.
  7. Produce critical and original academic work which explores inequality, drawing on both interdisciplinary reading and students’ own lived experiences.
47:204:466 : Topics in Justice Studies - Vary per semester (3 credits)
47: 204:481Q : Senior Thesis I (3 credits)

This course is a research-based seminar designed for students demonstrating the academic maturity and preparation to pursue a thesis project independently. Students will draw on their knowledge of theory, methods, and policy learned in core and elective courses to analyze and propose a research plan on an important topic in criminal justice. Required Course – B.A.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Locate and identify appropriate sources of scholarly research.
  2. Synthesize and evaluate information from sources.
  3. Develop research questions or specific hypothesis relevant to previous research.
47: 204:482Q : Senior Thesis II (3 credits)

The senior thesis must be a substantive piece of scholarship involving primary or secondary research, which serves to synthesize knowledge acquired in the Justice Studies major over the course of the student’s undergraduate career. A senior thesis project should be an original work that ideally makes a contribution to the discipline of justice studies. Required Course – B.A.

Course Learning Goals:

  1. Analyze research findings, including data, the construction of arguments, and use of evidence.
  2. Develop conclusions and an argument based on researched results.
  3. Present findings in a well-written academic paper (including notes, bibliography, and paper format) and professional presentation.
Graduate Courses
27:202:511 : Foundations of Criminological Theory (3)

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. Required Course – Ph.D.

27-202-511 Foundations of Criminological Theory Dr Bob Apel FA 17

27:202:513 : Issues in Criminal Justice (3)

27-202-513 Risk Terrain Modeling Dr Joel Caplan FA 17

27-202-513 Crime in the Life Course Dr Beth Griffiths FA 17

27:202:516 : Offender Rehabilitation (3 credits)

This course is designed to give graduate students a strong foundation in the theoretical underpinnings of offender rehabilitation and to examine current knowledge about best practices in promoting offender change. The course will examine interventions and programs in the context of correctional settings and in the community. In addition, the mechanisms of change related to personal identity will be examined, as will strengths based approaches to change. Students should come away from the class with a sense of the state of the field concerning offender rehabilitation as well as practical concerns regarding program implementation and evaluation. The class will emphasize policy analysis and research experience.

27:202:517 : Violent Crime (3)

Investigates and analyzes aggression and violence as forms of individual, group, and societal behavior. Includes an assessment of anthropological, biological, philosophical, political, and sociological theories. Combines student presentations and projects with lectures and tutorials.

27-202-517 Violent Crime Dr Mercer Sullivan FA 17

27:202:518 : Contemporary Criminological Theory (3 credits)

This is the second course in a two-part graduate sequence introducing students to the major theories of crime and criminal justice. It examines contemporary theoretical contributions in criminology and criminal justice. The aim is to familiarize students with key research questions and assumptions of contemporary theoretical approaches, their core propositions and challenges for measurement/testing, as well as policy implications. Prerequisite: 27:202:511. Required Course – Ph.D.

27-202-518 Contemporary Criminological Theory Dr Mercer Sullivan Sp 18

27:202:521 : Criminal Justice Policy (3 credits)

This course is designed to give doctoral students a broad overview of criminal justice policies. It examines the goals and values underlying justice policy, the social construction of crime problems and the process of policy development, and the ways that policies shape the day-to-day working of the criminal justice system. It also investigates the specific institutions of the criminal justice system including the juvenile justice system, police, courts, and the correctional system, as well as the specific activities and processes carried out by these entities. The course will also provide an overview of best practices for formulating and evaluating criminal justice policy. Required Course – Ph.D.

27-202-521 Criminal Justice Policy Dr Sarah Lageson FA 17

27:202:522 : Research and Evaluation (3 credits)

This course provides a basic introduction to research design in the social sciences, with an emphasis on criminology and criminal justice applications. Students will learn the steps required for framing an empirical question and be introduced to a variety of research methodologies. The course will provide equal emphasis on causal-explanatory, exploratory-descriptive, and qualitative designs, and students will learn the strengths and weaknesses of each. Required Course – M.A.

27-202-522 Research and Evaluation Dr Kristen Zgoba

27:202:523 : Data Analysis and Management (3 credits)

The course provides an introduction to methods for analyzing quantitative criminal justice data. Emphasis is placed on understanding data in relation to key methodological concepts, including units of analysis, variables, measurement, and associations. It will teach strategies for presenting data patterns graphically, describing distributions and relationships through summary statistics, and drawing conclusions about sampled populations using inferential statistical methods, including statistical models. In doing so, it will teach methods for assessing univariate, bivariate and multivariate patterns and relationships. Required Course – M.A.

27-27-523 Data Analysis and Management Dr. Joel Miller FA 17

27:202:525 : Justice, Law, and Policy (3)

Multidisciplinary overview of key institutions, processes, and policy issues regarding crime and justice. Includes readings and discussion on: traditional criminal justice institutions and processes; the role of private sector and community organizations in crime control; law and justice policy in a federal system; crime prevention and institutional responses to crime; emerging cross-national issues in crime, law, and policy. Required Course – M.A.

27-202-525 Justice Law and Policy Prof Genna Jones FA 17

27:202:531 : Probation, Parole, and Intermediate Sanctions (3 credits)

Analysis of the theories and practices of probation, parole, and intermediate sanctions. Emphasis on understanding-as human-service organizations-the functions of probation, parole, and intermediate sanctions. Special attention given to policy developments in the field.

27:202:532 : Corrections (3 credits)

Traces the historical development of institutions for confinement and analyzes present trends in correctional practice. Reviews characteristics of various correctional policies and analyzes prison life. Special emphasis on current trends and controversies.

27:202:533 : Policing (3 credits)

Examines the police role and law enforcement policy, police organization, personnel issues, management, and operations, as well as coordination and consolidation of police service, police integrity, and community relations.

27:202:535 : Juvenile Justice (3 credits)

Focuses on history and philosophy of juvenile justice, landmark court cases, police handling of juveniles, the juvenile court, and juvenile corrections and rehabilitation.

27:202:536 : Comparative Crime and Criminal Justice (3 credits)

This course examines crime and criminal justice from a comparative, cross-national perspective. It investigates the benefits and challenges of comparative research on crime and justice, examines the relationship between crime rates and differential criminal justice systems, and analyzes cases that reveal how globalization and socioeconomic development indicators shape the nature of contemporary crime and criminal justice practices.

27:202:537 : Race, Crime and Justice (3 credits)

This course examines the overrepresentation of racial minorities in the criminal justice system. Specifically, it will examine group differences in offending, processing, and victimization. It also analyzes the ways that theory and practice intersect and are mediated by other social factors.

27:202:539 : Gender, Crime and Justice (3 credits)

This course examines the role of gender in crime, criminology and criminal justice. The course framework and readings emphasize theoretical frameworks brought to bear in the study of gender, emphasizing the social structures of gender, social constructions of gender, symbolic meaning systems, and intersections of race, class and gender. Topics include the impact and nature of gender in crime commission, criminal victimization, and criminal justice processing.

27:202:542 : Introductory Statistics (3)

This is the first course of a two-part graduate sequence in statistics. It is an introduction to statistics, and provides the background necessary for Intermediate Statistics. The topics to be covered include descriptive statistics, point and interval estimation, statistical inference, measures of association for discrete variables, and regression. No previous knowledge of statistics is necessary; however the course assumes that students will eventually use statistics in their own research. The subject matter will be covered in enough depth for this to be possible.

27-202-542 Intro to Statistics Dr. Valerio Bacak FA 17

27-202-542 Intro to Statistics Dr Valerio Bacak FA 18

27:202:543 : Intermediate Statistics (3 credits)

This is the second course of a two-part graduate sequence in statistics. It is an introduction to the general linear model, including underlying assumptions and diagnostic tests. An introduction to the binary response model will also be provided. The use of the computer for data analysis will be an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: 27:202:542. Co-requisite: 27:202:640. Required Course – Ph.D.

27-202-543 Intermediate Statistics Dr Bob Apel SP 18

27:202:553 : Master's Project Seminar (3 credits)

Continuation of 27:202:528 and 529. This is the capstone class for all Masters students. This seminar-style class will examine how research informs policy. Students will produce a comprehensive research paper. Prerequisite 27:202:522, 523, 525. Required Course – M.A.

27:202:556 : Fieldwork in Criminal Justice (3 credits)

First-hand experience in the day-to-day operation of a criminal justice agency in government, research or non-profit settings. Placements are supervised by the M.A. Program Director and a practitioner in the field-placement area. The SCJ Director of Community Outreach provides additional support and guidance. Prerequisite: 9 credits of required coursework completed prior to enrollment. Interested students must meet with the M.A. director prior to enrollment.

27-202-556 Fieldwork in Criminal Justice Dr Joel Caplan FA 17

27-202-556 MA Fieldwork Placement Dr Joel Caplan SP 18

27:202:602 : Police and Crime Control (3 credits)

This class examines major police innovations, such as community policing, broken windows policing, problem-oriented policing, ―pulling levers‖ policing, third-party policing, hot spots policing, Compstat, and evidence-based policing. It considers the evidence on crime control and public safety impacts generated by these approaches, the extent of the implementation of these new approaches in police departments, dilemmas these approaches have created for police management, and critical issues that persist for the policing profession in launching effective crime control strategies such as race, community engagement, and police legitimacy.

27:202:605 : Crime Mapping and GIS for Public Safety (3 credits)

This course is an examination of techniques associated with the collection, display, analysis, and storage of spatial data, and the use of geographic information systems (GIS) for mapping crime patterns and understanding related public safety issues.

27:202:610 : Crime Control Theory and Research (3 credits)

Seminar. Analyze theory and research on crime control, including theories of deterrence and social control, their applications in crime control strategies, and the impacts of crime control strategies based on general and specific deterrence, as well as incapacitation strategies. Review and critique research on the effects of criminal and civil legal sanctions and problems in implementing effective sanctions. Methodological issues in the research on crime control assessed. Research on applications of crime control theory to specific crime problems reviewed.

27:202:612 : White Collar Crime (3 credits)

Surveys the history and scope of the study of white collar crime. Discusses issues of definition, examines empirical evidence, and reviews the contributions of white collar crime studies.

27:202:613 : Victimization (3 credits)

This course examines the risks and consequences of crime for its victims. Issues considered include victim-offender relationships, characteristics of victims, the nature of the injuries they experience, and criminal justice procedures that involve them.

27:202:613 : Communities and Crime (3 credits)

This course examines the risks and consequences of crime for its victims. Issues considered include victim-offender relationships, characteristics of victims, the nature of the injuries they experience, and criminal justice procedures that involve them.

27:202:614 : Communities and Crime (3 credits)

Surveys and analyzes literature on the demography and ecology of crime. Includes reviews of research and theory that address the influences of economics, demography, social organization, and political economy on crimes within cities and neighborhoods. Combines student presentations of published articles with lectures, tutorials, and student projects.

27:202:616 : Environmental Crime Prevention (3 credits)

Theoretical background to opportunity-reducing crime prevention through situational prevention (including key concepts of rational choice and displacement) and its relationship to crime prevention through environmental design, defensible space, and problem- oriented policing. Case studies illustrate the practical and policy difficulties of situational prevention.

27:202:618 : Human Smuggling and Trafficking (3 credits)

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.

27:202:619 : Organized Crime (3 credits)

Defines organized crime and its history and examines criminological theories to explain it. Also covers nontraditional or so-called emergent organized crime groups, such as urban street gangs, motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs. Examines various investigation, prosecution, and sentencing policies, and considers the policy implications for the future.

27:202:622 : Gangs (3 credits)

This course examines theory, measurement and research on gangs and gang activity, including definitional issues; gangs in historical context; theories of gang formation; types of gangs; gang involvement in crime, drugs and violence; and gangs in the international context. It also examines gang control programs and policies.

27:202:633 : Evidence and Criminal Justice Policy (3 credits)

This course provides a critical introduction to (i) the policy-making process and the role of research evidence, and (ii) approaches to generating evidence about effective criminal justice policies. The course will highlight contemporary debates about the role of experimental and non-experimental research, the accumulation of knowledge, large-scale implementation of promising programs, factors that compete with evidence in real-world policy-making, and problematic consequences of evidence-based approaches.

27:202:640 : Research Methods (3 credits)

Analyzes research strategies and methods for research in criminal justice and criminology. Includes analysis of links between theories and methods. Provides detailed review of quantitative and qualitative methods, including research design, sampling, measurement, data collection, and ethical concerns. Co-requisite: 27:202:543 Prerequisites: basic knowledge of research design in the social sciences. Required Course – Ph.D.

27-202-640 Research Methods Dr Sara Wakefield SP 18

27:202:641 : Advanced Statistics (3)

Topics vary from year to year and may include one or more of the following: design and analysis of longitudinal research, including time series analysis and panel models; quantitative methods for categorical and limited dependent variables; quasi-experimental methods for observational data; or other topics. The course may be repeated for credit when topics change. The use of the computer for data analysis will be an integral part of the course. Prerequisites: 27:202:542, 27:202:543, 27:202:640.

27-202-641 Quantitative Methods for Panel Data Dr Bob Apel FA 17

 

27:202:645 : Advanced Scholarship (3 credits)

Preparation of a paper for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. All aspects of paper presentation addressed, and the differences between a paper for publication in a journal and other forms of professional writing (such as proposal- and report-writing) explored. Prerequisite: 27:202:541 or enrollment in the doctoral program.

27:202:647 : Research Design for Causal Inference (3 credits)

This course will provide a tutorial on research design features (as opposed to statistical models) that enhance a researcher‘s ability to establish cause-effect relationships. Such features generally include a well-defined intervention, a generalizable research setting, pre- and post-test measures, comparable treatment and comparison groups, and random assignment. The course will emphasize the potential threats to causal inference that arise when at least one of these elements is absent, compromised, or poorly approximated. Prerequisites: 27:202:542, 27:202:543, 27:202:640.

27:202:648 : Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)

Ethnographic and qualitative field methods and their applications to problems of crime and criminal justice. Includes definition of appropriate research problems; data collection, interviewing, and participant observation; ethical issues of protecting human subjects; coding and analysis of qualitative data; inductive theory construction; presentation of findings; and coordinating qualitative with quantitative methods. Requires collection and analysis of some original data. Also includes microcomputer-based qualitative data analysis techniques. Prerequisite: 27:202:640.

27-202-648 Qualitative Research Methods Dr Jody Miller FA 17

27:202:650 : Independent Study (3 credits)

Study under the supervision and guidance of a faculty member. Prerequisite: 12 credits of course work completed prior to enrollment. Interested students should meet with their advisers for further information.

27:202:652 : Issues in Criminal Justice (3 credits)

In-depth study of a particular topic in criminal justice.

27:202:653 : Issues in Criminology (3 credits)

In-depth study of a particular topic in criminology.

27-202-653 Intro to Social Network Analysis Dr Andres Rengifo SP 18

26:202:701,702,703,704 : Dissertation Research in Criminal Justice (3, 3, 3, BA)

Required of all students involved in preparation, data collection, and writing of Ph.D. doctoral dissertation.

26:202:800 : Matriculation Continued (Ph.D.)
27:202:877 : Teaching Assistantship

Students who hold teaching assistantships are required to enroll in this course for 3 or 6 E credits per term.