CRM 5000G - Criminological Theory
Criminology is the scientific study of lawmaking, law breaking, and society’s response to law breaking. This foundational course is a comprehensive examination of the major theories of crime causation, including biological psychological, economic, and sociological perspectives on the etiology of crime, as well as the criminal justice system’s response to crime. This course will not only cover the major criminological theories (e.g., differential association, social bonding, anomie/strain, social disorganization), but also requires students to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of theories based on empirical evidence and consider the effectiveness of the theories in addressing crime prevention and control.
CRM 5002G - Forensic Behavioral Analysis
This course is designed to allow students to examine the development of individual criminality and criminal careers, the role of social group processes in criminal activity, varieties of criminal behavior including violent, sexual and predatory crime, mental disorders, psychopathy and crime, victims and victimization, offender profiling, and the broader topic of forensic criminal investigation. The course will also explore the contribution of psychology to our contemporary understanding of crime and the criminal justice processes through the application of psychological theory in the investigation of crime and the efficacy of the criminal justice system. Faculty consent.
CRM 5003G - Victimology
Victimology is the scientific study of crime victims. As criminal justice professionals, it is essential to the administration of justice that we understand the causes and consequences of criminal victimization. This course provides a comprehensive examination of criminal victimization through a review of the history and current theories of victimology, as well as an in-depth analysis of research on crime victims and victimization trends. This course focuses on specific crimes types, the physical, psychological, and financial impact of crime on victims, the role victims play within the criminal justice system, and victim rights and services in the United States. We will discuss the practical applications of victim programs, including restitution, mediation, and compensation, as well as the influence of victimology on criminal justice policy.
CRM 5010G - Police, Courts, and Corrections
This foundational course will consider the origins, the evolution, and the continuing evolution of the component segments (law enforcement, the courts, and the corrections system) of the criminal justice system in the United States. The organicity and dynamism of the system of criminal justice will be deconstructed in a framework of critical analysis that will examine the history and the legacy of the oppression of underclass populations by this system and the ways in which the manifestations and remnants of that history inform contemporary criminal justice practice. Students will investigate and interrogate discrimination, racism, and the brutality directed toward “otherized” populations in our corrections system, in law enforcement, and in the courts in order to consider and propose meaningful change strategies that will alleviate systemic inequality and injustice.
CRM 5030G - Criminal Justice Administration and Management
This course will provide students with an overview of various criminal justice organizations from the perspective of management and leadership. Students will be tasked with understanding the makeup of organizations, and how the mission drives the organization. The topics discussed will focus on budget preparations, grant writing, human resources, and professional development in the workplace. The final assessment will require students to prepare to apply for a senior level management position, including completing a mock oral board.
CRM 6003G - Girls, Women, & Crime
This course explores research and literature from criminology and criminal justice, social history, sociology, feminist legal theory, and popular culture to address issues of girls, women, crime, and both informal and formal methods of social control. Girls’ and women’s experiences with crime and social control can be understood only within the context of cultural definitions of femininity. This course will also examine the intersections of gender, age, race, socioeconomic status, mental illness, disability, and sexuality and how these statuses interact within the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The theoretical perspective known as intersectionality recognizes that people are placed at interlocking disadvantages and advantages due to where they are located in the social structural hierarchy, all of which in turn affect experiences and outcomes in justice systems.
CRM 6010G - Prison, Incarceration, and the Treatment of Convicted Persons
Mass incarceration affects more people than ever, yet the realities of incarceration are unknown to most people. This course looks at prisons and jails in terms of daily life, operations, social hierarchies, and social interactions. We will study both historical and contemporary accounts of life in prisons and jails in an attempt to understand the experience of incarcerated individuals, but also the relationship between penal institutions and the larger culture. We will pay particular attention to the political debates surrounding incarceration and the treatment of inmates.