Learning Outcomes

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal #1 Expose students to the body of scholarship (foundational and current) associated with the fields of criminology and criminal justice.

  • Display a comprehension of the major scholarly works associated with early and current criminology and criminal justice.
  • Articulate the major schools of thought in criminology
  • Describe the various models used to analyze criminal justice administration, including, but not limited, to the systems perspective and the due process/crime control model
  • Evince an understanding of the substantive differences between the fields of criminology and criminal justice

Goal #2 Describe the difficulties associated with acquiring valid and reliable empirical data on the nature and extent of crime.

  • Describe the most-used measures of crime available
  • Recognize the strengths and limitations of each crime measure

Goal #3 Delineate the different agencies and steps involved in crime processing.

  • Identify the agencies that comprise the criminal justice system
  • Illustrate the steps and activities used by each of the agencies in responding to and processing of crime

Goal #4 Describe the major concepts, perspectives, and methodological traditions used by scholars in the fields of criminology and criminal justice.

  • Evince an understanding of the major concepts and perspectives associated with the disciplines of criminology and criminal justice
  • Assess and apply the major methodologies used to study crime and the administration of criminal justice

Goal #5 Expose students to current issues confronting criminal justice and the importance of maintaining an objective, bias-free perspective when examining them, using evidence-based research when available.

  • Describe the current issues confronting criminal justice, recognizing the complexity, dynamics, and context of each
  • Acknowledge the role of the media in shaping the beliefs and opinions of an uninformed public
  • Appreciate the importance of evidence-based research in understanding and changing the process/system of criminal justice in this country

Criminology and Criminal Justice

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