A systematic analysis of the effectiveness and influence of criminal justice policy and practice throughout the criminal justice system. The focus is on the development and implementation of crime control policy. Satisfies GE Area D1 (Individual and Society).
A multidimensional understanding of crime films and how they shape public thinking about crime and criminal behaviors. Grade only. Satisfies GE Area C1 (Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater).
Nature and development of law and legal institutions from philosophical, historical, comparative, and contemporary perspectives; interrelationships of law, morality, and custom; social control, legal change, and social change; and the legal profession.
An examination of issues and problems posed by the licit and illicit use of drugs for the administration of justice and corrections. It critically examines social theories and social policies in relation to drugs. Topics to be covered include: the origins of the contemporary drug crisis in the United States; the development of criminal justice policies regarding drug use; and the varieties of drugs and the destructive problem created by each for law enforcement, adjudication, and corrections. Some emphasis will be placed on economics, politics, and international relations as a factor in enforcement policies.
Analyzes drug use, misuse, and abuse in society using sociological theories. Explores drug policies and control of drug use, current sociological drug research, and how the media shapes drug perceptions. Highlights various legal and illegal drugs and their societal consequences. Cross-listed as SOCI 340.
A consideration of the methods used by criminal justice researchers in a variety of basic and applied settings. Topics include the choice of a problem, ethical issues, the logic of science, measurement, sampling procedures, surveys, coding, experimentation, observation, and summarizing findings.
An in-depth examination of selected topics and issues in criminal justice. Specific course topic varies by semester. May be repeated for credit.
This course will expose students to legal reasoning in order to prepare them for the LSAT. It builds skills in the kind of Analytical Reasoning and Logical Reasoning that constitute the core of the LSAT and covers logical concepts, analytical reading, application of legal concepts, oral arguments and reasoning. Grade only. Cross-listed as PHIL 377, POLS 377.
A weekly meeting or meetings offering presentations and discussions by guest lecturers on issues of current interest and importance. May be repeated for a total of 4 units.
A survey of selected areas of constitutional law and Supreme Court decision-making, considering the political and social influences as well as doctrinal forces which have produced various policies and interpretations. Cross-listed as POLS 423.