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This course is the first in the series of foundation courses in the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program at Seattle University. The course is offered Fall Quarter T 6:00-9:00PM. The course syllabus is available under "Course Content."

The website is available as a depository for course handouts, weblinks, and resources and as a forum for additional online discussion outside of class for the purpose of expanding ideas and engaging in dialogue with other students. To post comments and engage in discussion, go to "Discussion Area." Note: You must register for the website under "Student Registration" before you will be able to enter the discussion area.

Course Description
Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary social science involving the study of crime and societal responses to it. A strong foundation in criminal justice requires knowledge of where we’ve been and where we’re going with awareness of the historical antecedents of contemporary criminal justice policy and practice, understanding of the evolution of criminal justice education and criminal justice as an academic discipline, and a theoretical framework from which to evaluate and analyze crime and its response. This course provides an overview and critical analysis of contemporary theory and practice in criminal justice with introduction to classic works on crime control policy and practice in policing, courts, and corrections. Issues of central importance in understanding and responding to crime in contemporary society will be examined within the context of a theoretical and empirical framework, including topics such as habitual offender and sexual predator legislation, the evolution of academic education and research in criminal justice, the nature of criminal justice-related moral panics, the use of actuarial tools in the criminal justice system, and DNA exoneration of prisoners.

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