2011 - 2012 Justice Studies Courses

JUST 101 Introduction to Justice Studies (4)
Overview of the history and purposes of the justice system. Introduction to the principle institutions: courts, prosecution and defense procedures, the police, the juvenile justice system, corrections, and the law. The relationship of justice studies to society and introduction to the issues facing the justices system today.
 
JUST 110 Police and Society (4)
Historical and contemporary overview of law enforcement agencies in American society. Topics include the functions of law enforcement as formal social control, the role and organization of police in society, community policing, police culture, multicultural and gender issues, and an introduction to theory of social control. Prerequisite: JUST 101 or permission of instructor.
 
JUST 300 Special Topics in Justice Studies (1-4)
The exploration of issues, problems, and innovations in Justice Studies. Prerequisites will vary with course content. Prerequisite: JUST 101 or permission of instructor.
 
JUST 301 Criminological Theories (4)
An examination of the etiology, characteristics, and consequences of crime and criminal behavior. Both classical and contemporary theories of crime causation are considered. Political, economic, social, psychological, and biological perspectives may be discussed.
 
JUST 310 Law and Society (4)
This course explores the relationship between the legal system, law, and current controversial issues in society. Students will learn to analyze contemporary American legal issues using the theories of Durkheim, Marx, and Weber.
 
JUST 320 Judicial Process (4)
This course examines the judicial process as a mechanism for dispute resolution in both civil and criminal contexts. Students will explore how judges interpret, make, and enforce the law in the face of external social and political pressure.
 
JUST 350 Criminal Law (4)
Critical examination that focuses on the structure, elements, and behavior of the criminal law. In-depth examination of criminal procedure and evidence, including jurisdiction, police powers of search and seizure, the right to counsel and pre-trial and trial procedures. Brief survey of the system of rules and standards by means of which the admissibility of evidence is determined. Close examination of the Constitution and its impact on federal and state criminal statutes, procedure, and evidence is accomplished through the analysis of case law.
 
JUST 365 Economic Justice (4)
The importance of economic justice stems from the scarcity of resources: how should society allocate resources to achieve the social good? Invariably, questions of justice involve tradeoffs between fairness and efficiency. Such questions are inextricably related to religion, class, gender, poverty, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and so on. The course examines the concept of justice from the points of view of pre-market economies, classical liberalism, neo-classical economics, heterodox economics, Kenneth Arrow, John Rawls, Amartya Sen, among others. Prerequisites: ECON 105 or 253 or 263, or consent of instructor. Same as ECON/PHIL 365.
 
JUST 373 Juvenile Justice (4)
Study of the philosophy and functions of the juvenile court. Court procedures and law, theories of causation, and intervention strategies are discussed. Evaluation and analysis of juvenile systems and practices are considered. Prerequisite: JUST 101 or permission of instructor.
 
JUST 401 Directed Studies (1-4)
A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in Justice Studies. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school dean.
 
JUST 420 Punishment (4)
This course analyzes forms of punishment; how and why they have changed. This course is interdisciplinary in nature, incorporating discussions of the philosophical, historical, and social aspects of punishment.
 
JUST 440 Internship (1-8)
Student placement in agencies or professional practices. Relevant research project required. Weekly seminar meetings with instructor to review agency progress. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster or permission of instructor), minimum 2.5 GPA, completion of the Career Resource Center internship workshop, and consent of program director and Career Resource Center internship coordinator. Prerequisites: JUST 101, 110, 220, and 230.
 
JUST 470 Senior Thesis (4)
A senior thesis is required of all Justice Studies majors. The student will work with the thesis instructor to carry out and write up a focused research project relating to the Justice Studies field. All students signing up for the thesis course must have completed SOC 390 (for which MATH 150 is a prerequisite). Students must also have a declared major in Justice Studies and senior standing to enroll in this course. Same as SOC 470.
 
JUST 480 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (4)
Provides an analysis of the world's major legal families and a comparison of the law enforcement, judicial, and correctional systems of other nations with that of the United States. This course will also include such topics as contemporary cross-cultural punishment, definitions of crime and deviance, comparative crime rates, and emerging international crime trends.