Criminal Justice-COLL | Introduction to Criminal Justice
P100 | 26626 | Baker


This course is designed to explore the criminal justice system,
focusing on the structure processes, and relationships which sustain
this system. The course is designed to cover both historical and
contemporary issues surrounding the criminal justice system(s).
Three areas are of particular concern in regards to the criminal
justice system. That is, law enforcement, the courts, and
corrections. In addition to providing a detailed picture of the
criminal justice system, these components are necessary to the
exploration of recent methodological developments in terms crime
control. This course will provide perspective on each of these
areas, focusing on the state’s function and effort of crime control.
In addition to the traditional frameworks which are often utilized
for understanding the criminal justice system, sections of this
course are reserved to stage and stimulate the discussion of modern
developments originating within our criminal justice system.

From an outside perspective, our modern criminal justice system
appears very similar to the historical origins which have shaped the
criminal justice establishment throughout the last century. However,
new issues in technology, scientific inquiry, and populations have
emerged, vastly changing the face of today’s criminal justice
system. As such, special attention will be applied to relevant
issues, including but not limited to, the media, surveillance,
the “Drug War,” and the privatization of the crime control industry.

The goal of this course is to provide students the knowledge which
is vital to understanding/examining the criminal justice framework.
In addition to this requirement, the course will provide the tools
for critical study in terms of analyzing how the social order
through law enforcement, courts and corrections attempt to deal with
social problems, crime and criminal behavior.

This is a required course for all criminal justice majors, and also
fulfills distribution requirements for other schools in the College
of Arts & Sciences.

Class Meeting: Two 75 minute lectures. Which meet 9:30-10:45 in
Woodburn Hall (WH) 007

Instructor: Ryan B Baker, Criminal Justice Department