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LAWE 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

Prerequisites: CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, AND CJS 200 Literature in Criminal Justice OR CJS 201 Foundations in Criminal Justice required.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 16, 2017 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze law enforcement responses to critical issues confronting communities.
  • Demonstrate written communication skills.
  • Describe the critical issues facing law enforcement today.
  • Differentiate law enforcement managerial and organizational characteristics as compared to other institutions in society.
  • 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