Courses

An in-depth analysis of theories of criminal behavior; psychological, sociological, and biological factors; professional criminals, white collar crimes, and other selected examples of deviant behavior and their relationship to agencies of social control.

An in-depth analysis of women/girls and crime in the field of criminology and criminal justice. The class examines the significance of gender in pathways to crime as well as the nature and extent of female offending, victimization, and incarceration. The course focuses on feminist theory and methodology.

The social causes and consequences of delinquency, criminality, addiction, insanity, social unconventionality, and other "deviant" behavior. Examines the conversion and commitment to deviant worldviews, and the social processes involved in the transformation to a deviant identity. Cross-listed as SOCI 314.

Provides an in-depth analysis of the correctional system, including prisons, jails, probation, parole, and community corrections. Examines the history and purpose of punishment and the goals of corrections. Reviews contemporary issues and policies affecting corrections. Cross-listed as SOCI 450.

Examines the role and significance of mass media in the field of criminology and criminal justice, including lawmaking, law breaking, and the responses to rule violations. The course covers the historical and contemporary media coverage of crime and criminal justice; the structure and content of media coverage of crime and related information; as well as the role and importance of media in the formation of citizen attitudes and behavior, decision-making, and public policy.

Examines the various forms, causes, and consequences of white collar crime compared to other crime; reviews relevant theory and research; considers the reason for the difficulties in detection and prosecution and issues surrounding punishment; and examines the efficacy of prevention strategies.

An examination of fundamental principles of constitutional law that govern and constrain the powers and operations of criminal justice agencies and their personnel. The rights and immunities guaranteed by the Constitution in general, and the civil liberties, rights, and freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights will be covered. Rights of the accused will also be considered. Cross-listed as POLS 424.

A comprehensive synthesis and examination of the theoretical concepts and empirical findings of other courses in the major curriculum. Areas of special interest to the instructor and the students will be closely studied. Prerequisites: senior-level standing and/or consent of instructor. Graduation Application submitted to Admissions and Records.

An exploration of selected criminal justice topics from an interdisciplinary perspective. Themes and topics may vary. May be repeated for credit.

The supervised study of a particular problem or area of interest selected by the student in consultation with a sponsoring faculty member. Regular meetings will be arranged for discussions and progress evaluations, and a term paper is required. May be repeated for credit up to 8 units.

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