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Criminal Justice (CRIMJ)

CRIMJ 083S (GS) First-Year Seminar in Criminal Justice (3) Critical approaches to issues in criminal justice and criminology.

CRIMJ (CRIM) 083S First-Year Seminar in Criminal Justice (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Each section of this course will be limited to 20 students who will be instructed by an experienced faculty member. Each section will focus on a well-defined body of scholarship that addresses a relatively specific topic while at the same time providing an opportunity to broadly survey existing knowledge in the discipline. For example, some sections may address very broad questions that encompass the entire field, such as criminal justice policy, issues related to social justice, or explanations of crime. Other sections may focus on justice system responses to certain types of crime, such as violent crime, white collar crime, organized crime, or transnational crime. Finally, some sections may take a comparative and international approach, and consider how justice systems are administered or how patterns of crime vary in a range of countries and jurisdictions. Each section will emphasize the development of discussion writing, and analytical skills and will give students the opportunity to work individually and in small groups. Students can expect to gain a general introduction to the University as an academic community and to explore their responsibilities as members of that community. They will also become familiar with the learning tools and resources available to them, and they will be able to establish relationships with faculty and other students who share their academic interests. This course fulfills a general education or Bachelor of Arts requirement in the social/behavioral sciences. A section of the course will be offered once a year. Students will write essays in class or out of class, engage in classroom discussion and group exercises, and make presentations.

Faculty Member Proposing Course: Thomas S. Bernard

General Education: GS
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2015

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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