This course examines courts from a variety of political, social, and socio-legal perspectives depending on the interest of the instructor(s). Particular attention will be paid to the role of courts in shaping criminal justice policy through such means as constitutional decisions and sentencing decisions.
This course analyzes criminal justice policy and governance of the criminal justice system from applied and theoretical perspectives. Particular attention is paid to the interplay between criminal justice policy and management and the larger political process.
This course introduces students to graduate studies in the program; to the professions of sociology, political science and criminology; and to professional life in occupations related to criminal justice. It includes information on the following: the program and how it relates to criminology, sociology and political science; library and computer research; research in the field; challenges facing criminal justice professionals; applying for further graduate study and research funding; and skill development.
This course introduces students to the primary methods, data sources and statistical methods used in criminal justice and criminology research. Particular attention will be paid to the role research and methods and statistics play in shaping criminal justice/criminological theory, research and policy.
The major paper is an extensive research paper for those who do not elect to complete a thesis. It may be taken over two semesters.