The major focus is to build upon students knowledge from previous courses with a focus upon an integration of knowledge from material learned throughout the major. Students will complete a final project that demonstrates an in-depth understanding of a criminal justice topic that could lead to future work in the criminal justice field. Topics include the purpose of criminal law, criminal responsibility and intent.
In addition, the legal elements of crimes will be addressed. The course also examines the importance of due process and constitutional protections for persons accused and convicted of crime. A major focus of the course is Minnesota statutes and procedures. Topics include patrol practices, criminal investigation, crime scene investigation, crisis intervention, use of force , and ethical codes in law enforcement.
This course is designed for students who are completing POST requirement to become a licensed police officer in the state of Minnesota. The focus is on corrections practices and the management of offenders within both institutional and community correctional settings and the administration of these organizations. There is a special emphasis on corrections in the state of Minnesota.
Topics include correctional management, risk and needs assessment, programming options, and ethical codes in corrections. Intro to Sociology.
Introduction to the concepts, theories, methods and applications of the scientific study of society and social concerns. Social Problems. Contemporary society is confronted with a number of serious problems that are often global in their impact. Homicide is considered one of the most serious violent crime.
Intro to Criminal Justice. Research Methods in Soc. Consideration of both quantitative and qualitative strategies for each stage of the research process. Prerequisite: SOCI Sociological Analysis. Methods of data analysis and hypothesis testing within the social sciences with an emphasis on sociological and criminal justice research questions. Individual Study. Race and Ethnicity. Race and ethnicity as significant components of U. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. General Anthropology.
This course provides an overview of various components and dynamics of human societies throughout the world. Adolescence in Society.
Understanding Criminal Justice : Sociological Perspectives.
The transition between childhood and adulthood is examined using a general sociological framework and including life course, socioeconomic, and systems theories. Prerequisite: SOCI or permission of the instructor. Crime and Delinquency. Why do people commit crime? This course will examine how gender is socially constructed throughout the life-course in American society. Marriages and Families. This course uses sociological theories and research to understand some of the most pressing social issues facing families today - single parenting, divorce and blended families, violence, and poverty.
Religion in American Society. Theoretical and empirical examination of the sociological dimensions of religion, with a special emphasis on the religious situation in America. Urban Sociology. The study of the social organization of urban areas. Work and Occupations. This course provides students with knowledge about the importance and role of work and organizations in society and in our everyday lives. Police and Society. An overview of the history of policing and the emergence of modern policing in democratic societies.
Corrections in America. This course takes a sociological approach in examining the role of corrections in the criminal justice system focusing on the rationales for punishing offenders, the range of correctional placements, and the effectiveness of correctional policies in achieving social control. This course identifies and investigates the following topics: general principles of stratification, theoretical explanations by which inequality emerges and is maintained, the relationship between social class and other forms of inequality in the United States including gender, race, and changes in social hierarchy over time.
- Hot Mama.
- Harpsichord Pieces, Book 1, Suite 1, No.3: Seconde Courante!
- Understanding Criminal Justice: Sociological Perspectives.
Sex in Society. Sexuality as a social construction is explored with a specific focus on cultural and institutional influences including the family, economy, religion, government, and the media. Prerequisite: SOCI or Social Psychology. This knowledge is situated in substantive applications to social problems and policy, societal dynamics and institutions, and the operation of the criminal justice system covered in our electives.
Finally, this minor and certificate provides students with a sociological perspective in understanding how crime and criminal justice systems are related to social inequality and social justice covered in most offerings but assured by the two inequality course requirements. Official permission of the Sociology Department is required to register for the Criminal Justice Certificate. SOCI Irish Culture and Society 4 credits This course is a dialectic between modern Irish society and Irish history, each examined from the sociological perspective.
Early Irish History — This first part sets the context for the course by looking at how history has uniquely shaped modern Irish society. During this section we will explore Ireland up through and including the reformation and Cromwellian invasion. Sociology in Ireland — Next we introduce the discipline of sociology and start to examine Irish society from a sociological perspective. We will spend a significant amount of time examining the specific development of Irish culture. Modern Irish Society — In order to understand modern Irish society we need to look at social institutions and social indices.
Irish Culture — The values and beliefs of the Irish are reflected in their culture.
The Criminal Justice Minor and Certificate
For this section we need to return to some history to examine such issues as the Diaspora, the famine, and the revolutionary movements. Modern Irish society — It is here where we look more closely at the puzzle of Northern Ireland as well as the impact of the so-called Celtic Tiger on the Republic. It is also here where we need to examine the modern dimensions of race, class and gender in Ireland. The Republic of Ireland is a land of many contrasts resulting from both its isolation from the European continent and a millennium of colonial rule.
Recently it has gone through hurried social change resulting from rapid economic growth in a phenomenon called the Celtic Tiger and subsequently the world-wide recession. Crosslisted with MUSI SOCI Socio-Political Movements 3 credits The course will provide an introduction to theory and research on one form of social movement mobilization: national-level movements organized for political change.
Our focus will emphasize how political, organizational, and cultural factors shape social movement emergence and development. Recent examples include: introduction to counseling skills and domestic violence seminar.
- Nordamerikastudien (B.A.).
- Account Options.
- Divergent (Divergent Saga) (Italian Edition).
- Sociological Perspectives on Crime and Punishment.
Prerequisite: SOCI or other as required. Health care reform has been a global issue over the years. Today, the healthcare industry is an immense part of the United States economy. Health care regulation and policy is complex, with nearly every health related discipline involved in decision-making and overseen by one regulatory body or another, and sometimes by several.
Such regulations are enforced by federal, state, local governments, and even private organizations.
Healthcare policy affects not only the cost citizens must pay for care, but also their access to care and the quality of care received, which can influence their overall health. A top concern for policymakers is the rising cost of healthcare, which has placed an increasing strain on the disposable income of consumers as well as on state budgets. Unfortunately, some groups may have a conflict of interest, which also raises ethical issues making the development of a policy difficult at best.
This course describes the private, governmental, professional and economic contributions to the development and operation of the health care system. Students will explore the development and implementation of health care policy, health care technology, hospitals origin, organization and performance, health care workers, financing health care, role of all government entities, discuss the future of health care, and learn the special problems of high-risk populations and health system responses. And lastly, identify and describe the quality control activities of the current health care system and relate service provider behaviors to legal, ethical, and financial considerations.
The fact that our social backgrounds affect our health may be difficult for many of us to accept. Poor societies have much worse health than richer societies. Richer societies have certain health risks and health problems, such as pollution, that poor societies avoid. The degree of government involvement in health-care delivery is essential. Although we live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world with superior advancement in health care delivery, the United States lags behind many Western European nations in several health indicators, in part because the latter nations provide much more national health care than does the United States.
Although illness is often a matter of bad luck or bad genes, the society we live in can nonetheless affect our chances of becoming and staying ill. SOCI Quantitative Analysis 4 credits This course introduces the central issues and strategies involved in the collection and analysis of quantitative data with an emphasis on survey research, experimental designs, and statistical analysis using SPSS. The course is concerned with demonstrating the logic and meaning of statistical procedures and the conditions under which they are meaningful. QFR, EL.
SOCI Qualitative Analysis 4 credits This course introduces methods used in the collection and analysis of qualitative data including participant observation, field notes, interviews, discourse analysis, media analysis, ethnography, and community-based research. The rationale and theoretical underpinnings of qualitative analysis are examined together with the ethical issues associated with the use of qualitative methodologies. Substantial community-based service learning fieldwork is required.
Internships in sociology include but are not limited to placements with local community action, social work, criminal justice, law enforcement, human right and youth advocacy programs or organizations. Prerequisite: SOCI , , or The following questions will be addressed: What assumptions does the theorist make about society? What are the practical and political consequences and implications of such views and claims? How do social contexts shape theories?
The course focuses on analysis, critique, evaluation, synthesis, and application. Prerequisite: SOCI , , or permission of instructor. SOCI Senior Seminar 3 credits Course utilizes studies of exemplary sociological research and individual research to model the integration of theory and methods.
Prerequisites: all required courses of the major.
Sociological Perspectives on Crime and Punishment
Thesis work is supervised by a faculty member. CRMJ Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credits This course is designed to introduce students to the American criminal justice system and the role of the police, the courts, and correctional facilities within that system. It focuses on the history and the primary duties of our justice system in America while briefly introducing conceptions of justice as well as definitions of, measurements of, and causes of crime.