An introduction to the major institutions of criminal justice from a social scientific perspective. Examines the structure and operation of police, courts, and corrections. Theories and concepts of sociology and other disciplines will be used to describe the workings of the criminal justice system and raise questions for critical analysis.
Critical Introduction to the Criminal Justice System is a course designed to explain how the criminal justice system works from the very first initial contact with police all the way through release from prison and every step in between. The course has four distinct sections. The first is an overview of the whole system and discusses the possible causes of crime. The second focuses on law enforcement and how police departments are organized, how they work, and current issues in policing like use of force and corruption. The third focuses on the courts and details the pretrial and trial process step by step. Finally, the fourth section focuses on corrections and explains probation, parole, prison life, and the re-entry process after leaving prison. We will be using videos and speakers to supplement textbook readings as well as completing a group project that will examine a high profile court case. Students will be able to choose the case they wish to research and present as well as whether they want to present the prosecution or the defense side of the case.
Our Summer@Stonehill Pre-College Program is a high-demand program with a competitive application process. Applications will be now be accepted until May 31, 2017 with supporting materials due by June 15.