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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology (SOC)
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Intro to Criminal Justice
Spring 2016
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Buntman, Schwartz
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An introduction to the study of criminal justice. The historical development of criminal justice and its evolution into modern legal systems. The impact of different forms of criminal justice on society and the individual.   
As a result of completing this course, students will be able to: •Explain and conceptualize the notion of ‘models’ and apply this understanding to comparing, contrasting, and critiquing models of the criminal justice system (as a whole as well as in component parts or aspects of it). •‘Map’ the complex structures of the U.S. Criminal Justice system. •Know and use core factual/empirical information about criminal justice. •Explain key terms and ideas used by academics and professionals concerning criminal justice and its study. •Compare theories and conceptual approaches to criminal justice and criminology. •Recognize different methodologies used in researching criminal justice. •Integrate contemporary news and events into the subject matter of the class. •Analyze how power and social structures impact the nature and functioning of criminal justice, and vice versa. •Analyze how broad social institutions shape and are shaped by criminal justice. •Identify, summarize, and analyze the use of scholarly literature and arguments in supporting or challenging claims or normative beliefs about criminal justice functioning. •Formulate logical arguments about empirical and theoretical perspectives in both open and closed book environments. •Distinguish among different bases for claims (e.g. empirical of different kinds, legal, normative/ethical, faith) and what constitutes credible evidence and/or argumentation to uphold or support these claims.
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SEAS - Soc. Science Electives

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