Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice

Summer, 2001  (May 14-June 16)
Dr. Tod W. Burke
CRJU 365
Tuesday & Thursday 6:00-10:00 pm
Virginia Western Community College
Office: 307 Adams Street Room 6C
Phone Numbers: 831-6657 (office)
381-5559 (home)
831-6075 (fax)
e-mail: tburke@runet.edu

Introduction: This course is designed to examine some of the major issues relating to Race and Gender. Topics will include, but are not limited to: race and ethnic categories; politics and ethnic labels; disparity versus discrimination; profiling victims and offenders; social structure and crime; civil rights movement; police and minorities; courts and minorities; trial and adjudication; race and sentencing; capital punishment and race; race and gender inside corrections; teen suicide by race and gender; ethnic and gender gangs; disparity in the enforcement of drug laws; racial profiling; teen profiling; gays in criminal justice; affirmative action; hate crimes; females in criminal justice; white collar crime; and the physically challenged.

Grading: The student will be graded based upon frequent (and sometimes unannounced) quizzes, legal briefs, group presentations and attendance/participation.  There will not be any exams, nor formal research papers (that should make you happy!).  There will be no make-up for any assignments (including quizzes).  No excuses - don't even bother to ask!!!  I will simply drop the lowest quiz grade (so, if you miss a quiz, consider that your lowest quiz grade). 

Attendance: The student is expected to be in class at the start of the lecture. Persistent tardiness will not be tolerated (the student may be denied admission into the class if tardy). If a student misses more than two classes, there will 10 points deducted for each class missed. This is considered part of your participation grade. If you do not attend class, you cannot participate (2 tardies = 1 absence). 10 points bonus will be added to final scores (not percent) for perfect attendance (An excused absence will result in the forfeit of the bonus points, as will being tardy more than twice).

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