Criminal Justice 365

CRJU 365: Diversity Issues in the Criminal Justice System

Prerequisites: CRJU 100 or CRJU 150, and SOCY 110; or enrollment in the Women’s Studies Program

Credit Hours: (3)

This course provides an overview of gender, race, and ethnicity issues as related to criminal justice. It provides a means of studying and integrating the diversity of perspectives that exist in this contemporary field of study. Major emphasis will be on developing an understanding of cross-cultural variation; feminist thought and its impact on justice; and the effects that gender and race on the lives of people within the context of contemporary issues of justice.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. Adaptation and Racial Antiquity

Races as Populations
Evolution of Human Cultures

2. Historical Development of Women's Issues

3. Criminal Justice as a Social Institution

4. Women, Minorities and the System of Criminal Justice

Police, Courts, and Corrections

5. Social Process and Population Trends

The Urban and Rural Environment
"Minorities" and Criminality
Theories of Female Criminality

6. The Future of Women and Minorities in the Criminal Justice System


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course will be structured into two parts, class discussion and group presentations. Students will view and critique various films (fiction and documentary) based on the experiences of "minority" groups and the criminal justice system in America.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Having successfully completed this course, the student will be able to:

1. Develop an understanding of the evolution of race as well as an understanding of historical issues pertaining to women in the criminal justice system.
2. Demonstrate a sensitivity to gender and race differences and the broad range of social problems that presently confront our criminal justice system.
3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally to the extent that the student can present ideas within a group setting or part of a group panel.
4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas and thoughts through collective writing to develop a group document.


Assessment Measures

Students will be evaluated based on class discussions, essay exams, book reviews, and oral and written group presentations.


Other Course Information




July 2005, Reviewed by Dr. Isaac Van Patten, Department Chair