Second Discipline in Justice Studies
JUST 401, Introduction to Justice Studies
JUST 501, Justice Studies Research Methods
either POLT 407, Law and Society
or SOC 515, Introductory Criminology
or POLT 507, Politics of Crime and Justice
Choose two courses from the list of approved Elective Courses for the Justice Studies Program
JUST 401 - Introduction to Justice Studies
Overview of justice studies as the study of law and law-like systems. Includes literature from both the law and society, and criminology. Topics will include morality versus legality, the American legal civil and criminal system, torts, and adult versus juvenile justice.
JUST 501 - Research Methods
Overview of the various methodologies used in justice studies research: quantitative, qualitative, and legal. Topics include issues of design such as ethics, reliability, and validity measurement. Students will design and write up research proposals using one of the methods reviewed in the course. Prereq: PSYC 402 or SOC 502 or equivalent. Special fee.
SOC 515 - Introductory Criminology
Introduces the scientific study of crime. Reviews the different forms of criminal behavior, theories of crime, and strategies of crime control.
POLT 407 - Law and Society
Introduces the ways in which law operates in modern society: its forms, functions, underlying values, and the consequences of its application in particular regimes. Topics include the psychological bases for legal obligation, the evolution of particular legal doctrines, the philosophical underpinnings of legal responsibility, the relationship of law to social structures, the relationship of law to morality, the nature of legal reasoning, and critiques of law.
POLT 507 - Politics of Crime and Justice
Criminal justice in theory and practice; contemporary role of police, prosecutors, judges, juries, counsel, and interest groups in the administration of criminal justice. Writing intensive.
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