Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will have a historical base of knowledge of both criminal justice systems as well as criminological theory.
  2. Students will be able to consistently connect criminological theory to criminal justice policy, both real and proposed.
  3. Students will be able to conceptualize and understand the criminal justice system as a loosely coupled set of interconnected elements that is governed by several bureaucratic bodies, and recognize how changes in any of elements of the system influence other parts of the system.
  4. Students will have a breadth and depth of understanding of the connection of crime and social control to wider social problems, specifically structural inequality around issues of race, class and gender.
  5. Students will be able to deconstruct and predict repercussions of changes in the system of social control for other social institutions (and vice versa).
  6. Students will be well-versed in issues of ethics in criminal justice.
  7. Students will be proficient in practical skills required for positions within criminal justice agencies (critical analysis, abstract writing, problem solving). Specifically, students will be required to demonstrate expertise in the area of interpersonal communication (both oral and written).