2012 - 2013 Justice Studies Courses

JUST 101 Introduction to Justice Studies (4)
Overview of the purposes of the justice system. Introduction to the principle institutions: courts, prosecution and defense, and the law. The relationship of justice studies to society and introduction to the issues facing the justice system today.
 
JUST 216 Social Psychology (4)
An investigation of how people interact with and think about others. Areas of focus include research methodology, person perception, attitudes, prejudice, interpersonal attraction, aggression, and group behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 105.
 
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 as they relate to race, ethnicity, class, and gender. Students will learn to analyze contemporary American legal issues using the theories of Durkheim, Marx, and Weber in addition to critical legal studies and critical race theory.
 
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 344 Environmental Justice (4)
This course provides an upper-division intensive reading and critique of environmental justice materials. An emerging national environmental justice movement has created frameworks for combating the inequitably distributed health risks of advanced industrial society. This course links disparate impact, unequal protection, and environmental discrimination in relation to issues of class, gender and race. Topics relate societal practices as they affect environmental racism, future generations, nonhuman life, and global/non-Western societies.
 
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 374 Legislation of Morality (4)
This course addresses historical and contemporary issues related to social justice movements, law, and morality in a pluralistic society. This course examines issues relative to the construction of deviance at it relates to AIDS, homosexuality, poverty, and prostitution. Students will explore also how racial discrimination is legislated and perpetrated as a societal practice.
 
JUST 384 Restorative Justice (4)
This course examines the philosophies and practices of restorative justice from both domestic and international perspectives. The course introduces major values and goals espoused by restorative approaches to crime and conflict and consider them in light of past and current social problems. The contemporary social movement called restorative justice has its roots in early philosophies of the New Zealand Maori, North American Indians, and various religious traditions. The course will consider these philosophical roots of restorative traditions and be introduced to what these approaches look like in their current form of sentencing circles, family group conferencing, and victim-offender dialogue.
 
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 430 Undergraduate Research in Justice Studies (1-4)
Students develop a research proposal describing a study in the community making use of qualitative research methods of investigation. Students prepare a literature review and provide notes of their participant observation and interviews. A final paper that summarizes the literature, the methodology, and the findings will be the major project in this course. These results must be presented at the spring Undergraduate Research Fair or some other venue approved by the instructor.
 
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, 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.