Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Crime and Justice Minor

App View

Degree Type Offered: Minor

Consists of 24 credit hours including the following courses:

SOC-101 Sociological Imagination

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

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: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: social sciences

SOC-211 Criminology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

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

SOC-412 Adjudication and Corrections: Existing And Alternate Strategies

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

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, victim/offender conflict mediation, et. Various strategies for community reintegration are also explored. Prerequisite: SOC-101 Offered alternate years

SOC-483X Senior Practicum in Crime and Justice

Credits: 3 Term Offered: All Terms

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 corrective/rehabilitation/community 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. FILA general education: experiential learning

And four courses from the following :

SOC-312 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

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 Offered alternate years

SOC-313 Gender, Crime and Justice

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

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 Offered alternate years

SOC-314 World Just Systems

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

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 Offered alternate years

SOC-315 Public Security and Insecurity

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

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 Offered alternate years

SOC-335 Immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

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, and/or service-learning experience. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and SOC-101 FILA general education: global dynamics Offered alternate years

SOC/PHIL-367 Conflict Transformation

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

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. Prerequisite: SOC-101

COMM-410E Communication Law and Ethics in a Digital Age

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

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. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: ethical reasoning

PHIL-320E Professional Ethics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

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: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG 110 and junior or senior standing FILA general education: philosophy or religion and ethical reasoning

PSCI-355 Constitutional Law of Civil Rights and Liberties

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

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. This course also considers the First Amendment as a site for interfaith dialogue. Alternate years: offered 2016-2017

PSCI-420W International Law & Organization

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

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: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: writing intensive Offered alternate years

PSY-340 Public Mental Health

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

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. Prerequisite: PSY-310 or permission of instructor