Criminal Justice-COAS | Introduction to Criminal Justice (Honors)
P100 | 1479 | Rome

The news media provide a steady flow of stories about crime and how
the justice system attempts to cope with it.  Many news reports
become "media events," as was the case during the 1990s with the
trials of O.J. Simpson and Timothy McVeigh.  However, there is
uniqueness to the majority of criminal cases that achieve national
attention, and much of what is seen and read in the media fails to
reflect what is typical in the American System of justice.  Within
this context, the purpose of this course is to analyze the nature of
crime and the process of justice in the United States, to examine
the historical and constitutional foundations of the American system
of justice, and to consider its strengths as well as its weaknesses.

Criminal Justice refers to the structure, functions, and processes
of those agencies that deal with the management of crime -- the
police, the courts, and corrections.  the study of Criminal Justice
as an undergraduate academic enterprise is relatively new, having
emerged as an outgrowth of calls for "law and order" during the

The study of criminal justice follows a logical succession of
topics, -- definitions of crime and law, the nature and extent of
crime, the constitutional foundations of law and justice, and an
examination of policing, the court system, and correctional
processes.  In this course we will discuss a number of major
themes.  Such as the due process and crime control models of
criminal justice, the impact that drug abuse and the "war on drugs"
have on crime and criminal justice processing, the growing role of
women in criminal justice, cross-cultural and international
perspectives in the administration of justice, the significance of
victims in the processes of justice, the criminal justice "non-
system," and the importance of critical thinking aobut criminal
justice issues.

Course Procedure:
You will be asked to write three, 508 page papers to present your
reflections of materials covered within a four-week period.  Your
papers should include a demonstration of your comprehension of
information presented in class lectures, readings, films, class
discussions and presentations by guest speakers. These papers should
not be more summaries; instead, impressions felt or conclusions
reached as a result of readings, lectures, etc.  Your overall grade
will be based on grammar as well as content.  NO MAKE-UPS OR LATE

In addition to completing three essay assignments, you are required
to participate in a group to present an end-of-the-semester activity
that best demonstrates what you learned in this seminar.  in the
past, students have presented "reader's theatre" pieces, group
research projects, short skits, poster sessions, and puppet shows.
the venue in which you demostrate your comprehension will be decided
by your group.  You should be prepared to present your group project
during the last week of class.

Text:  To be announced.

Class Meeting:  Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:15-12:30, SY 105

Instructor:  Professor Dennis Rome, Criminal Justice department