Course Details

  • Online | Asynchronous 
  • 2 weeks | December 27, 2023 – January 10, 2024
  • 3 credits | $1,716
  • Last day to register: December 20, 2023
  • Cornerstone requirement satisfied by the course: Social Scientific Inquiry

Course Overview

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.

This course also fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry general education requirement.

Course Advantages

Critical Introduction to Criminal Justice offers students a chance to think more deeply about the way the criminal justice system operates. In doing so, we think about ways to work toward resolutions for some of the issues that exist. The course will make students think twice about how our TV shows and media present the criminal justice system and make judgments on their own about what is accurate or exaggerated. 

Additional Information

Faculty will contact all students after the Wednesday, December 20, registration deadline.

About the Instructor

Danielle Carkin Lacorazza

Assistant Professor of Criminology
Danielle Carkin Lacorazza is an associate professor of criminology at Stonehill College. In addition to teaching, she also serves as editor of Crime & Delinquency, a top-tier journal in the field, and as a program evaluator for federally funded grant programs at a local jail. Her research interests include criminal careers, juvenile delinquency and justice, mental health and substance use, and reentry and reintegration of returning citizens. Professor Carkin Lacorazza has co-authored a book, multiple chapters, and numerous manuscripts. She earned her doctorate in criminology and justice studies from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where she also obtained a master’s degree in community social psychology.

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