Criminal Justice-COAS | Police in Contemporary Society
P301 | 11170 | Thornton
This course deals with several contemporary issues in policing such
as the role of police, historical developments of American police,
systems and organizational dynamics, functions and anti-crime
activities, as well as problems of deviance and accountability. 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 will present an overview of concepts, themes and issues
encountered in the study of police. Topics will include:
Exploring the role of the police in the society; Relationship with
the criminal justice system; Nature of police functions;
Accountability; Corruption; Organizational structure;
Professionalism; Community policing.
Required Text: Samuel Walker & Charles Katz. The Police in
America: An Introduction (latest edition). New York: McGraw Hill.
Class meeting: Daily, 11:45-1:00
Instructor: Amanda Thornton, criminal justice department