Criminal Justice-COAS | Rural Crime & Justice
P493 | 1552 | Oliver

This course examines critical issues related to criminal offending,
criminal victimization and the administration of criminal justice in
rural communities. Within the academic discipline of criminal
justice as well as in the area of public policy, the occurrence of
crime in rural communities and small towns has been largely ignored.
A major component of this course will involve each student being
responsible for submitting a case study that describes how a rural
county in Indiana is working to address the crime problem. Specific
attention will be devoted to examining the social context of
domestic violence, youth violence, substance abuse, drug
trafficking, policing and crime prevention in rural communities.


Davidson, O. G. (1990). Broken heartland-The rise of America’s Rural
Ghetto. New York: The Free Press.

Websdale, N. (1998) Rural woman battering and the justice system-An
ethnography. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing Co.

Weisheit, R., Falcone, D.N., & Wells, L.E. (1999). Crime and
policing in rural and small-town America. Prospect Heights, Ill:
Waveland Press.


Final grade will be determined based on performance on Position
Paper Assignment and bi-weekly written assignments related to course

Class meeting:  9:30-10:45, MW, SY 212

Instructor:  Professor William Oliver, criminal justice department