Criminology (CRIM)

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[1] Courses in Criminology (CRIM)

2300 FOUNDATIONS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE An elective for majors and minors. An overview of the American criminal justice system focusing on law enforcement, the judiciary, and corrections. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: SOC 1300.

3370 CRIMINOLOGY A requirement for all criminology majors and an elective for minors and other majors/minors. A study of law-breaking behavior in complex social environments. Emphasis is placed on the definition and measurement of crime, methods of crime analysis, and theoretical explanations of crime. Additional emphasis is placed on legal and social policy regarding crime control and prevention. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: SOC 1300 or consent of instructor.

3371 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY A requirement for all criminology concentration majors and an elective for other majors and minors. A study of juvenile rule/status violating behavior. Emphasis is placed on the definition and measurement of delinquency and theoretical explanations for delinquent behavior. Additional emphasis is given to description and evaluation of delinquency control agencies. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: SOC 1300 or consent of instructor.

3381 POLICE AND SOCIETY An elective course for majors and minors. An examination of policing in society with an emphasis on police procedures and investigations, policing history, and investigatory strategies. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisites: SOC 1300 and CRIM 2300.

3391 CORRECTIONAL SYSTEMS An elective course for majors and minors. An examination of the correctional system, including the theoretical basis for correctional systems, rehabilitative programs in corrections, prisonization, and correctional officer subculture. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisites: SOC 1300 and CRIM 2300.

4325 DRUGS AND SOCIETY Drugs and Society involves a comprehensive examination of data related to the use and regulation of mood/mind/behavior altering substances (drugs) in the United States and throughout the world. The main foci of the course are contemporary patterns of illegal drug use, problems associated with illegal drug use, and policies directed at controlling harm related to illegal drug use. However, efforts are made to establish the social, historical, and cultural context of contemporary drug use patterns. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on scientific theories of drug abuse, legal frameworks for drug regulation, and empirical evaluation of social responses to drug manufacturing, distribution, and consumption.

4355 VICTIMOLOGY A requirement for criminology concentration majors and an elective for other majors and minors. This course focuses on the social and psychological impact of crime and the criminal justice system on crime victims, historical and current status of the crime victim movement, and policy alternatives for interactions between victims and the legal and social service agencies. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: SOC 1300 or consent of instructor.

4360 SEMINAR / PRACTICUM A requirement for all majors. This course assists the student in the completion of a unique research project. Additional emphasis will be placed on research evaluation, resume construction, and career and educational opportunities for sociology graduates. Prerequisites: 21 hours of criminology including SOC1300, 2321 & 3320 and CRIM 2300 & 3370. Seminar. [UD UCA Core: Z]

4365 HOMICIDE: VICTIMS AND OFFENDERS An elective course for majors and minors. An examination of lethal violence in American society and in other parts of the world. An analysis of the structure of interpersonal violence in relation to a range of individual, cultural, and social contingencies. Discussions include the topics of violent offenders, victims of violence, and social policies controlling the expression of violence. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisites: SOC 1300 and CRIM 2300.

4V90 SELECTED PROBLEMS IN CRIMINOLOGY (Variable credit: 1-3 credit hours.) An elective for majors and minors. Independent readings, discussions, and writings will be completed in specific areas of sociology that are of particular interest to the student. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and department chair.

4370 INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINOLOGY An elective for majors and minors. A structured, supervised work experience. The student completes a minimum of 150 hours within the assigned agency during the term enrolled, maintains a log of activities, and provides the internship coordinator with a final paper. Prerequisites: 21 hours of sociology or criminology including SOC 2321 & 3320 and CRIM 2300 & 3370; junior or senior standing; 2.5 GPA or higher; and consent of instructor.

4395 SPECIAL TOPICS An elective for majors and minors. An in-depth investigation into a significant social issue, emphasizing an examination of competing ideological orientations toward the issue. The topic varies annually but is announced in the course schedule. Maybe repeated for credit with a change in topic. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: SOC 1300 or consent of instructor.