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Seminar on School Violence

This course focuses on the exploration of a selected topic in criminology of interest to groups of students which are relevant to their course of specialization in the graduate curricula of the University.

Quantitative Research Design

This course focuses on the study of the role of theory, research design, sampling, measurement and instrumentation, data collection, and ethical issues related to social scientific research.

Undergraduate

Corrections

Provides an introduction to the correctional process and interventions designed to prevent and control adult criminal behavior. Addresses the philosophy and goals underlying correctional interventions, types of criminal sentencing, and penal sanctions, including community-based corrections, institutional corrections, and parole.

Crimes against Vulnerable Populations

This course provides an introductory examination of criminality against vulnerable populations via an overview of current theory, research, and trends within the context of specific victimization types. Specific crimes, their impact on victims, and their social and policy implications will be examined.

Equality, Crime, and Justice

An introduction to forms of social stratification and how it intersects with the social realities of crime and justice. Explores the extent, causes, and consequences of institutional inequalities in power, wealth, and status within the realms of criminal offending, victimization, criminal justice processing, and criminal justice employment.

Inside-Out Gender and Crime (Taught Fall 2013 at a Women’s Prison)

The “Inside-Out” Prison Exchange Program is an opportunity for a small group of students from Georgia Southern University and a group of residents of Emanuel Women’s Facility to exchange ideas and perceptions about gender, crime, justice, the criminal justice system, corrections, and imprisonment.  It is a chance for all participants to gain a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system through the combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience achieved by weekly meetings throughout the semester.  This semester, the program will provide a critical examination of gender as a significant dimension of criminality, and one that has been largely overlooked due to the fact that historically, criminological theorizing has focused mostly on men and attempting to explain male crime.  This course will examine the causes of crime and victimization, the criminal justice system, and corrections, focusing on ways in which to reduce crime and promote justice by recognizing the important role of gender.

Intro to Criminal Justice & Criminology

A 3-hour survey course of the criminal justice system and its central components: police, courts, and corrections. Topics include: the activities and legal environment of each component; individual rights and public order; the juvenile justice process; theories of causation; the growth and use of technology in crime and crime solving; and special issues such as AIDS, drugs, and pubic policy.

Research Methods

Provides students with an understanding of research and its application in the field of justice studies. Topics include understanding the scientific method, research methodology, inductive and deductive statistics, and data analysis for report preparation. Includes student utilization of computer-based spreadsheets, database management, and interactive statistical packages.

School Violence

This course provides an examination of school violence, focusing on the school as the location for various forms of violence that result in the victimization of students, teachers, and school administrators. Specifically, the course will focus on several forms of school violence including physical bullying, indirect forms of bullying such as teasing and ostracism, cyber-bullying, and forms of mass violence in schools such as “school shootings.” Administrative and criminal justice responses to the various forms of school violence and the consequences of these responses will also be examined.

Victimology

An examination of the causes and consequences of victimization. Major emphases on victimization patterns, risk factors, the victim-offender relationship, range of injuries experienced, and the role of the victim in criminal justice proceedings.


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