Criminology

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CRIM 100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States. Topics to be covered include: the extent of crime in the United States; competing and complementary goals of the criminal justice system; sources of criminal law; the history and development of the system; the functions of police, attorneys, courts and correctional agencies; the interactions between different parts of the system; and the impact of crime on the victim.

CRIM 113 - Introduction to Law

This course is designed to be a general survey of the history and nature of American law. We will study the sources, development, types, purposes, and enforcement of American law from colonial to contemporary times. We will also consider the various institutions charged with making, executing, and interpreting the law.

CRIM 201 - Presumed Innocent

This course will examine cases in the United States criminal justice system that have ended with the conviction of the innocent. Using the lens of social science — including sociology, criminology, psychology, and other disciplines — students will explore how and where mistakes occur in our criminal justice system, and what can be done in cases of wrongful conviction.

CRIM 406 - Sociology of Deviance

This course focuses on deviance, broadly defined as the violation of the social norms that guide our behavior, attitudes, and self-presentation. Although some forms of deviance are criminal, this course considers the notion of deviance broadly.

CRIM 467 - Law and Society

This course will examine the existence, purpose and function of law(s) in our society.  We'll examine sociological theories of law, i.e., how law is created, what it does/doesn't do, how it acts to control dissent, to resolve disputes and as an agent of social change.

CRIM 482 - Seminar, Criminal Justice Agency Administration

This course is designed to be a general survey of the history and nature of American law. We will study the sources, development, types, purposes, and enforcement of American law from colonial to contemporary times. We will also consider the various institutions charged with making, executing, and interpreting the law.

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