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CRIM 330 Policing and Society

This course asks, critically, what are police for? It provides an introduction to American policing focused on the philosophy and controversial history of the profession, (Constitutional) limitations imposed on law enforcement in a democratic society, and the role and place of police in the total criminal justice process. The course critically dissects police culture and provides a survey of critical issues confronting peace officer professionals, including police selection, training, and socialization; police corruption and misconduct; and officer safety and wellness.


Special information

Note: Formerly known as LAWE 330. Prerequisite: CJS 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice, or instructor permission. Note: Must be a School of Criminology and Criminal Justice student, or instructor permission.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 3, 2023 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Evaluate the effectiveness of various styles of policing.
  • Develop and improve critical thinking and communication skills
  • Explain the role of the police in society and in the administration of justice
  • State the interrelated functions of the police with courts, corrections, and community
  • Analyze the operations and administration of police
  • Define police culture and explain how culture affects behavior
  • Explain why intervention to prevent or stop harmful action is the very definition of good teamwork

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Policing and Society Zauhar, Sean R Books for CRIM-330-50 Spring 2024 Course details for CRIM-330-50 Spring 2024

Fall 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
21 Policing and Society Zauhar, Sean R Books for CRIM-330-21 Fall 2024 Course details for CRIM-330-21 Fall 2024