• CRIM-112 Criminology (3)

    This course examines the nature, location, and impact of crime in the United States by exploring a broad range of issues related to criminology. Topics focused on in the course include the historical foundations of crime, the theoretical underpinnings of criminality, how we measure criminal acts, the development of criminal careers, the various typologies of offenders and victims, and a critical analysis of public policies concerning crime control in society.

    Attributes: YLIB
    Restrictions: Excluding: -Class: Junior, Senior
  • CRIM-115 Crime and Punishment (3)

    A systematic study of the administration of criminal justice in the United States. The course focuses on: historical origins of present systems; the police; the courts; adult corrections; and current issues relative to the administration of justice.

    CRIM 115 no longer meets the Core CC requirement.

    Attributes: AMSS PLAW YLIB
    Restrictions: Excluding: -Class: Senior
  • CRIM-222 Topics in Criminology (3)

    This course provides an opportunity to study topics in Criminology not regularly offered.

    Fall 2017 Topic: Issues in Policing This class will explore the scholarship and research relating to the many and changing issues of policy and practice facing contemporary American law enforcement at both the administrative and operational levels. Topics may include, but not be limited to, the impact of technology on criminalistics and crime scene investigation, organizational models and styles and their influence on communities, the impact of judicial actions on police behaviors, police recruitment and retention, and models and methods for police oversight.

    This same CRIM 222 topic was offered in the Fall 2015 semester.

    Attributes: YLIB
  • CRIM-230 Prison Nation (3)

    A study of the formal reaction of society to persons convicted of criminal acts. Includes an analysis of the history of the various reactions to offenders along with a study of the management and operation of confinement facilities, probation, parole, and new initiative in social policy.

    CRIM 230 no longer meets the Core CC requirement.

    Attributes: AMSS YLIB
    Restrictions: Excluding: -Class: Senior
  • CRIM-232 CC Global Terrorism (3)

    This course explores the concept of ?terrorism? as a global phenomenon. Of particular emphasis will be the cultural, global, and historical origins of terrorism and the domestic and international responses. Students will examine debates over the nature of terrorism as a distinct form of behavior across cultures and societies. They will then consider varying explanations of the origins and causes of terrorism and the current responses to global terrorism.

    Attributes: CC YLIB
  • CRIM-308 Women and Crime (3)

    This course sociologically examines the invisible, forgotten, and often unheard side of crime and criminal justice: women. The role of women as offenders, victims, and workers in the criminal justice system is considered. Primary emphasis is placed on women’s unique pathways into crime, as related to their social and economic marginalization in society. Violence against women is explored both historically and sociologically to provide an understanding of its criminalization and changes in the system’s response to it. The focus throughout the course is societal perception of gender and how this has an overriding influence on the treatment accorded women within the criminal justice system. Formerly SOCI 308.

    Attributes: PLAW WGST YLIB
    Pre-requisites: SOCI-101D D- OR SOCI-101T D-
  • CRIM-312 Punishment Perspectives (3)

    This upper-level criminology course will introduce the student to a variety of social science perspectives in examining the nature and meaning of punishment in society. It will begin with the several philosophical perspectives that have been developed to ?justify? the need/place of punishment in dealing with the criminal offender, including the teleological, retributivist, and teleological retributivist. It then will explore the meaning and place of the modern prison in historical context, noting the relevance of slavery, in particular, in accounting for and shaping the form and substance of the penitentiary in the American criminal justice system. A third perspective, that of culture, will be used to examine the development of punishment in the United States and elsewhere. And, finally, the sociological perspective, as developed by Durkheim, Rusche and Kircheimer, Foucault, and Weber, as interpreted by Garland, will be explored to understand punishment as a social institution that both influences and reflects larger societal needs and purposes.

    Attributes: YLIB
    Pre-requisites: (SOCI-101D D- OR SOCI-101T D-) AND (CRIM-112 D- OR SOCI-111C D-) AND (CRIM-115 D- OR SOCI-115 D-)
    Restrictions: Including: -Major: Criminology
  • CRIM-322 Foundations Crim Justice (3)

    This class will take a critical, in-depth look at the creation and development of the criminal justice system and process in the United States. A sociological and legalistic perspective will provide the analytical framework for the interpretation of the past, present, and future. As a result, the student will gain insight as to why the system and process operate as they do at particular points in time, and where, given present and probable social and ideological developments it will be in the future.

    Attributes: YLIB
    Pre-requisites: (SOCI-101D D- OR SOCI-101T D-) AND (CRIM-112 D- OR SOCI-111C D-) OR (CRIM-115 D- OR SOCI-115 D-)
    Restrictions: Including: -Major: Criminology
  • CRIM-330 Special Topics-CRIM (3)

    This course offers the professor and students an opportunity to explore in depth an issue or topic not generally covered to any great extent in existing courses. Examples might include classes on comparative (international) criminology, correctional law, gangs in America, the new organized crime, drugs and crime, or white collar/enterprise crime. Spring 2017 Topic: Isues in Criminology This course will examine scholarship (past and present) relating to controversial and non-controversial issues, policies, practices, and programs in the field of criminal justice, inclusive of law enforcement, the courts, and punishment agencies.

    Attributes: YLIB
    Pre-requisites: (SOCI-101D D- OR SOCI-101T D-) AND (CRIM-112 D- OR SOCI-111C D-) AND (CRIM-115 D- OR SOCI-115 D-)
  • CRIM-335 Crime and the Media (3)

    This course examines the reciprocal relationship between the popular media and the reality of crime, law, and justice in American society. The student studies the ways in which print and electronic media have shaped perceptions and policy with respect to crime and crime control in this country over time. All aspects of crime are studied, from the law that defines it to the offenders that commit it, as well as the professionals and the system that respond to it. Perceptions are contrasted with reality and instances where the media has been used to direct public opinion and influence change are highlighted. Formerly offered as SOCI 335.

    Attributes: AMSS YLIB
  • CRIM-342 Convict Criminology (3)

    This course introduces the student to a relatively new and for some controversial approach to understanding crime and its control in American society – convict criminology. Developed in the late 1990s by critical criminologists, many of whom were ex-convicts, the approach advocates a paradigmatic shift in the field of criminology and corrections to incorporate the voices and perspectives of those most familiar with the machinery of US criminal justice, convicts and ex-offenders.

    Attributes: YLIB
    Pre-requisites: (SOCI-101D N D- OR SOCI-101T D-) AND (CRIM-112 D- OR SOCI-111C D-) AND (CRIM-115 D- OR SOCI-115 D-)
  • CRIM-343 Juvenile Justice (3)

    A consistent, highly debated topic in the field of criminology is what to do with young people who break the law. Depending on socio-historical context, the argument seems to alternate between those who believe that the legal status of these youth should be one of immaturity, thus, negating responsibility and presupposing redemption, and others who assert that in today?s post-modern society, youth are far more sophisticated and should be held accountable and punished like adults for their behavior choices. This class will explore in a socio-historical fashion the development of a separate juvenile justice system in this country and trace the bases for the many administrative, legal, and programmatic changes it has undergone and may experience in the future.

    Attributes: YLIB
    Pre-requisites: (SOCI-101D D- OR SOCI-101T D-) OR (CRIM-112 D- AND SOCI-111C D-) OR (CRIM-115 D- OR SOCI-115 D-)
  • CRIM-362 Police and the Law (3)

    In this course, the student will examine the role of police in society from a legalistic perspective. The class will begin with an historical look at the emergence of a professionalized police force in the United States and then proceed to focus on the current legal parameters of modern policing. It will conclude by addressing the possible future of these parameters, as well as the many debates concerning that future and the role of police in a highly technological and diverse global society.

    Attributes: YLIB
    Pre-requisites: (SOCI-101D D- OR SOCI-101T D-) AND (CRIM-112 D- OR SOCI-111C D-) AND (CRIM-115 D- OR SOCI-115 D-)
    Restrictions: Excluding: -Class: Freshman
  • CRIM-415 CRIM Capstone Seminar (3)

    The purpose of this course is to provide students in the Criminology major with a cumulative experience that requires them to analyze certain topics within the conceptual framework of the discipline.

    Attributes: YLIB
    Pre-requisites: (SOCI-101D D- OR SOCI-101T D-) AND CRIM-112 D- AND CRIM-115 D- AND CRIM-230 D- AND SOCI-280C D-
  • CRIM-490 Internship (1 TO 6)

    The Criminology Internship involves the placement of the student in a field related to the administration of criminal justice where under supervision the student will gain first-hand experience about the profession, its workers and clients.

    Attributes: YLIB
    Pre-requisites: CRIM-112 D- AND CRIM-115 D-
    Restrictions: Including: -Major: Criminology


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