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CRJ 315: Race, Class and Gender in the Criminal Justice System

Course Description

This course will provide a thorough and critical examination of meanings, history, correlates, and consequences of serious forms of social inequalities and arbitrarily assigned privileges, particularly based on social class and race/ethnicity in the American criminal justice system from a criminological perspective. Implications will be made for inequalities based on gender biases as well.

Prerequisite

  • CRJ 215: Criminology
  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Analyze meanings, perspectives, forms, and historical background of racial and social class inequalities involved in administering law enforcement and the criminal justice system in the United States, including the importance of ethical behavior by criminal justice stakeholders.
  2. Interpret various components, positions, and processes involved in the criminal justice work and the crime control enterprise on the bases of diversity as well as futuristic criteria.
  3. Identify rationalizations and claims made by economic elites and White Americans for claiming privileges and prerogatives in society and the implications these claims have for the criminal justice system.
  4. Explain consequences of social and economic inequalities for victimization of middle and underclass as well as nonwhite people in the administration of justice in America.
  5. Examine elements of the unequal enforcement of "the justice for all" principle in criminal prosecution, sentencing and imprisonment.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

25%

Journal Assignments (Weeks 2, 4, 6 & 8)

10%

Midterm Exam (Week 4)

25%

Research Paper (Week 7)

15%

Final Exam (Week 8)

25%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Barak, Gregg, Paul Leighton and Jeanne Flavin. Class, Race, Gender, and Crime: The Social Realities of Justice in America. 4th edition. Lanham, Maryland: The Rowman & Littlefield Publications, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-1-4422-2073-7

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2,3

Topics: Introduction, The Crime Control Enterprise and Its Workers

Reading:

  • Chapter 1
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Journal entry for week 1 (no submission this week)

2

1,2,3

Topics: Criminology and the Study of Class, Race, Gender and Crime

Reading:

  • Chapter 2
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Journal entry for week 2
  • Submit Journal entries for weeks 1 and 2

3

1,3

Topics: Understanding Class and Economic Privilege & Understanding Race and White Privilege

Reading:

  • Chapters 3 & 4
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Journal entry for week 3 (no submission this week)
  • Submit Research Paper Topic
  • Prepare for Midterm Exam

4

1,3

Topics: Understanding Gender and Male Privilege

Reading:

  • Chapter 5
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Journal entry for week 4
  • Submit Journal entries for weeks 3 and 4
  • Complete Midterm Exam

Midterm Exam
Chapters 1-5
SLOs 1, 2, 3

5

1,2,3

Topics: Understanding Privilege and the Intersection of Class, Race and Gender

Reading:

  •  Chapter 6
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Journal entry for week 5 (no submission this week)

6

4,5

Topics: Victimology, Lawmaking and the Administration of Criminal Law

Reading:

  • Chapters 7 & 8
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Journal entry for week 6
  • Submit Journal entries for weeks 5 and 6

7

2,5

Topics: Law Enforcement and Criminal Prosecution

Reading:

  • Chapter 9
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Journal entry for week 7 (no submission this week)
  • Submit Research Paper
  • Prepare for Final Exam

8

5

Topics: Punishment, Sentencing and Imprisonment

Reading:

  • Chapter 10
  • Review Chapters 6-10 for Final Exam
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Journal entry for week 8
  • Submit Journal entries for weeks 7 and 8
  • Complete Final Exam

Final Exam
Chapters 6-10
SLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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