Criminal Justice-coas | Police in Contemporary Society
P301 | 1480 | Verma


This course is an introduction to the study of policing and will deal with
four general topics: a) The mission of police in the society. b) The
structure and culture of police organizations.  c) The function and
activities of the police.  d) Police deviance and accountability.
The course will present an overview of concepts, themes and issues
encountered in the study of police.  Topics will include: Exploring the role
of police the society; History of American Police, Relationship with the
Criminal Justice System; Nature of Police Functions; Accountability;
Corruption, Organizational Structure; Professionalism; Criminal
Investigation and Community Policing.
The objectives of the course are to acquaint the student with the extensive
literature and research work on the police; to critically examine the police
as a component of the criminal justice system and to explore the complex
nature of that profession.  The course also aims to assist those who are
considering a career in the police to fully understand its nature and share
its excitement.
Readings: To be announced
Requirements:  Mid-term exam worth 20%
Final examination 30%
The exams will consist of short essays and
multiple-choice type questions.
Take home essays 40%
Class Meeting: Two 75-minute lectures each week (MW,
2:30-3:45P, BH 006)
Instructor:    Professor Arvind Verma, Criminal Justice
Department