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CJS 320 Criminology and Public Policy

This course focuses on theories, concepts, narratives, and myths of crime and delinquent behavior. Contemporary issues and controversies within the criminal justice field are explored in social, political, and economic contexts. Special emphasis is placed on the roles of race, class, gender, and culture in relation to the etiology, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency. This course is committed to general theoretical debate, examination of the interrelation between criminological theory and research, and empirical analyses of policy and practice.

Prerequisites

Special information

Prerequisites: CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, AND either CJS 200 Literature in Criminal Justice OR CJS 201 Foundations in Criminal Justice required. Note: This class replaces what used to be CJS 320: Applied Criminology.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 15, 2017 to present

Learning outcomes

General

  • Apply criminological theories to practical situations criminal justice practitioners encounter.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the impact of diversity issues on the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrate written communication skills.
  • Differentiates between facts about crime and the criminal justice system and myths commonly attributed to causation.
  • Evaluate the etiology of crime from an evidence based perspective.
  • Formulate solutions to crime problems confronting society.
  • Apply past and current criminological theories to practical situations criminal justice practitioners encounter.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the impact of diversity on the criminal justice system.
  • Critique past and current criminological theories and formulate fresh perspectives on crime and criminality.
  • Differentiate between facts about crime and the criminal justice system and myths commonly attributed to causation.
  • Evaluate the etiology of crime from an evidence-based perspective.
  • Formulate public policy solutions to crime problems confronting society.
  • Develop and improve critical thinking and communication skills.

Spring 2021

Section Title Instructor
50 Criminology and Public Policy Densley, James A Books Course details
51 Criminology and Public Policy MacLean, Chuck E Books Course details

Summer 2021

Section Title Instructor
50 Criminology and Public Policy Blair, Lesli D Books Course details

Fall 2021

Section Title Instructor
01 Criminology and Public Policy Densley, James A Books Course details
50 Criminology and Public Policy Densley, James A Books Course details