Metropolitan State University

CJS 356 : Violence in America

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice or instructor's consent.  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: None
Students will explore the nature and extent of the violence problem in the United States using a tripartite approach, which incorporates patterns, explanations, and interventions. The course will cover the history and epidemiology of violence; roots of violence, including biological, psychological, and sociological causes; specific types of violence; media portrayals of violence; the physical, emotional, social, economic, and political consequences of violence; and ways to control and prevent violence in our communities, including criminal justice and public health approaches.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/18/2017 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Demonstrate written and oral communication skills.
  2. Analyze the different effects violence has on law enforcement, criminal justice, and the community.
  3. Construct a community-oriented approach to violent crime reduction.
  4. Explain, evaluate, and differentiate between the different theories and causes of violence.
  5. Examine violence in the media (newspapers, television, film, the internet) and its relationship to real violence.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
This contains no goal areas.
G. Special Information