Criminology and Public Policy
Concentration: Quantitative Methods and Social and Behavioral Science
The course provides an introduction to the criminal justice (CJ) system, criminological methods, and criminal justice policy. The primary goal is to develop a general understanding of the CJ response to crime in society. It is important to note that the general theme of this course involves the delicate balance between community interests and individual rights that CJ decision making requires. We will explore this theme by examining the process in some detail, focusing on how the system is structured to respond to crime. This requires an understanding of the core elements of the CJ system: police, courts, and corrections. It also requires and understanding of why people commit crime and the connection between theory and practice.