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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.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 15, 2017 to present

Learning outcomes

General

  • 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.

Summer 2023

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50 Criminology and Public Policy Hilal, Susan M Books for CJS-320-50 Summer 2023 Course details for CJS-320-50 Summer 2023

Fall 2023

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50 Criminology and Public Policy Hilal, Susan M Books for CJS-320-50 Fall 2023 Course details for CJS-320-50 Fall 2023

Spring 2024

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50 Criminology and Public Policy Hilal, Susan M Books for CJS-320-50 Spring 2024 Course details for CJS-320-50 Spring 2024