Crime & Justice Minor

Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Consists of 24 credit hours including the following courses:

Introduction to the sociological imagination with a critical examination of social issues individual experiences and the potential for social change. Topics include the nature and impact of culture and social structure inequality social institutions identity social interaction and the historical context of knowledge and relationships. Methods of sociological investigation and interpretation are also emphasized. This course is offered in a traditional survey and special topics format. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education social sciences

Unit(s): 3

Examination of theories pertaining to the causes of crime and treatment of offenders. Theories of violent and property crimes (including white-collar crimes) are explored. Critical analysis of the social political and cultural context of the justice system in the United States of America with a special emphasis on questions of justice fairness and equality are also undertaken. Prerequisite SOC 101

Unit(s): 3

Critical evaluation of structures of adjudication sentencing and corrections in the United States. Includes an examination of alternative approaches to justice and reconciliation such as community-based rehabilitation victimoffender conflict mediation et. Various strategies for community reintegration are also explored. Prerequisites SOC 101 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Capstone course for the Crime and Justice minor. Students gain direct experience with the field in agencies of law enforcement courts or law firms and correctiverehabilitationcommunity restoration. The practicum requires 120 hours of field participation over the semester weekly journals and a final substantive scholarly paper. Prerequisites At least two courses completed from SOC 211 367 or 412 and one course from the crime and justice minor electives or permission of the instructor. Experiential Learning

Unit(s): 3

And four courses from the following:

Analysis of juvenile crime and its connections to family structures peer groups and the educational system as well as gender race and class. Trends in juvenile corrections are examined along with current debates on reform. Special topics include gangs juvenile detention probation child advocates waiver to adult courts and hospitalization. Prerequisite SOC 101 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Investigation of the interaction between gender and social control in the United States and cross-culturally. The gendered nature of criminal activity is examined empirically and theoretically. The justice system including the correctional treatment of women is examined for its relationship to historical shifts in the status and treatment of women. Prerequisite SOC 101 Alternate years offered 2018-2019

Unit(s): 3

Comparative study of justice systems derived from major legal traditions. The development and application of these systems is examined with an emphasis on historical trends and social forces that shape them. Comparative themes include the role of political power public perceptions systems of morality constructions of guilt and corrections philosophies. Prerequisite SOC 101 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Examines perceptions of security and danger in America since the early 20th century and their effect on the balance between public safety and individual liberty. Examples include organized crime labor conflict the communist threat youth gangs drugs and terrorism. The role of moral entrepreneurs special interest groups mass media intelligence and surveillance and political manipulation are explored. The balance of public safety and individual liberty is central to exploration throughout the course. Prerequisite SOC 101 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the growing ethnic diversity in the Shenandoah Valley through study of contemporary theories and research on immigration. Hands-on field experience includes first-hand interaction with local immigrants and is particularly beneficial for students seeking Spanish language intercultural andor service-learning experience. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 and SOC 101 General Education 2014 Global Dynamics Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

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A broad introduction to the field familiarizes students with conflict and practical approaches to its transformation. Personal communication and conflict styles negotiation skills interpersonal mediation and facilitation of group decision-making and problem-solving strategies are examined. Participation in discussions exercises analyses role-plays and simulations frame the course. In addition to the regularly scheduled meeting times one Saturday session is included. Prerequisites SOC 101

Unit(s): 3

Analytical survey of ethical and legal issues pertaining to communication professionals focusing on the new digital media landscape. Issues explored include First Amendments rights public affairs journalism copyright defamation obscenity censorship licensing corporate and governmental communications and the Digital Millennium Act.

Unit(s): 3

Pressing issues confronting professionals in a technological era. Utilizing the insights of philosophical and religious ethics the course examines the responsibilities of the professional person in business medicine law education the ministry and other fields. Problems considered include confidentiality accountability whistleblowing governmental regulation and ethical codes. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 ENG 110 and junior or senior standing General Education philosophy or religion Ethical Reasoning Course

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the development of US Supreme Court decisions in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties. Topics include first amendment rights to freedom of speech press and assembly due process rights and rights to equal protection. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Explores the nature of international law and its similarities and differences with domestic law. Examines the institutions rules and organizations that provide the context for global interactions in an increasingly globalizing world. Case studies include issues such as human rights the International Criminal Court the World Trade Organization and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 Writing Intensive Course Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

Exposes students to a broad view of public mental health and psychology in the public interest. Stimulates the interest of future researchers clinicians and policy makers toward improvement of public mental health. Specific attention is given to discerning science from pseudoscience in the practice of psychology. Prerequisites PSY 310 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

Overlap Policy: No more than one course in the minor (beyond any courses required for both programs) can also count toward a student's major.

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