Criminal Justice-coas | Introduction to Criminal Justice
P100 | 4282 | Giblin


This course provides an introduction to the criminal justice system.  P100
is also required for all criminal justice majors, and also fulfills other
distribution requirements (please see source list of major requirements).
One of the primary goals of the course is to provide an overview of how the
major components of the criminal justice system (police, courts, and
corrections) responds to crime.  To achieve this goal, we will examine how
our social institution is shaped by cases, political decisions, and other
formal and institutionalized forces.  We will study these components by
focusing on contemporary issues in an useful analytical context.  We will
also consider how criminal justice decision-making is complexed by community
interests and individual rights.  Finally, we will address the disparity of
crime and punishment by discussion influential factors which affect the
application of law.

Required Texts:

		Cole & Gertz,  "The Criminal Justice System"
	Walker,	"Sense and Nonsense About Crime and Drugs"
	Short Reader

Instructor: Matt Giblin, Criminal Justice Department