Criminology, Law and Society
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Criminology Fall 2017

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in CRIM

CRIM 100: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 Credits)

Overview of the American system of criminal justice, covering theories of justice, criminal law, policing, courts and associated pre and post-trial legal processes, punishment and corrections, and juvenile justice. Required for all criminology majors and minors. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Discovery of Scholarship
Schedule Type: Lecture

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200-Level Courses in CRIM

CRIM 210: Introduction to Criminology (3 Credits)

Explores and evaluates how crime is defined and measured, and examines crime patterns and trends. Provides an overview and critical assessment of the major theories of crime causation. Notes: CRIM majors who are concentrating in criminal justice are strongly encouraged to take this course before or during the first semester of taking upper-level courses in the concentration. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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  • Section 001 — Stephen Happeny — 01:30 PM to 04:10 PM F

CRIM 220: Introduction to Law and Society (3 Credits)

Introduces the relationship between law and society. Discusses theoretical perspectives from a number of social science disciplines. Promotes a foundational understanding of the concept of law and the origins, development, and role of law in society, particularly outside of formal legal institutions. Topics covered may include legal mobilization, law and social change, social movements, law and inequality, and law's relationship to social control. Notes: CRIM majors who are concentrating in Law and Society are strongly encouraged to take this course before or during the first semester of taking upper-level courses in the concentration. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 230: Introduction to Homeland Security (3 Credits)

Introduces fundamental concepts of homeland security. Examines governmental actions designed to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from man-made and natural disasters. Focuses on efforts to align preparedness, incident management, and emergency response plans from various agencies (federal, state, local, tribal, private sector, and non-governmental). Notes: CRIM majors who are concentrating in homeland security and justice are strongly encouraged to take this course before or during the first semester of taking upper-level courses in the concentration. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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300-Level Courses in CRIM

CRIM 302: Delinquency (3 Credits)

Presents theories of juvenile delinquency and societal reactions to it, gender differences in rates and types, historical overview, development of juvenile justice system, and critical assessment of juvenile justice and its alternative. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 304: Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing (3 Credits)

Covers computer crime, relevant laws, agencies, standards, auditing, logging, forensics, and related software. Explores legal principles such as chain of evidence, electronic document discovery, eavesdropping, and entrapment. Hands-on experience with forensics tools. Equivalent to IT 357.
Recommended Prerequisite: IT 103 and 223.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 305: Crime and Crime Policy (3 Credits)

Examines the development of crime policy, including the influence of crime trends, politics, public opinion, media, criminological theory, and empirical research. Considers the effectiveness of crime policy. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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  • Section 001 — Emily Smedley — 10:30 AM to 01:10 PM F — Krug Hall 242

CRIM 306: Criminal Justice Ethics (3 Credits)

Analyzes ethical principles relevant for those working in criminal justice. Required for all criminology majors. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 307: Social Inequality, Crime, and Justice (3 Credits)

Explores the significance of social inequality (especially race and gender inequality) for several crime and criminal justice issues. Examines variations in criminal offending and victimization, and explores disparities in criminal justice processing. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 308: Human Rights and Justice (3 Credits)

Studies the norms, laws, and systems for the promotion and protection of human rights. Provides a foundation for understanding historical, legal, political, economic, and ethical aspects of human rights. Examines ideological and cultural perspectives, sources of violations, the United Nations, regional and national mechanisms, special issues (e.g., women, torture, children, minorities), and the role of nongovernmental organizations. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 310: Introduction to the Intelligence Community (3 Credits)

Introduces students to the structure, function, and process of the intelligence community including the basic skills in writing, research, and presentation used in intelligence analysis. Required for all intelligence analysis minors. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 312: Intelligence Analysis Techniques (3 Credits)

Introduces the key analytical techniques used by entry-level analysts In the Intelligence community. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisite: CRIM 310D.
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 315: Research Methods and Analysis in Criminology (3 Credits)

Provides an introduction to research design, methods, and analysis in the field of criminology. Students learn to understand, interpret, and critique quantitative and qualitative research approaches, and become intelligent consumers of research. Notes: This course does not meet the College's IT requirements. Equivalent to CRIM 300.
Specialized Designation: Scholarly Inquiry
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 320: Crime and Place (3 Credits)

Focuses on the analysis of locations that attract and repel crime, displacement of crime, and identifying and measuring crime concentrations. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 350: Counterintelligence (3 Credits)

Introduces the legal authority, objectives, and guidelines of the counterintelligence discipline. Covers the investigative, defensive, offensive, and collection activities of the counterintelligence function. Notes: Elective course for the Intelligence Analysis minor. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisite: CRIM 310C.
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Dennis D Staszak — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Krug Hall 7

400-Level Courses in CRIM

CRIM 400: Applied Criminal Psychology (3 Credits)

Uses overview of psychological and criminological theories to apply behavioral science theory to practical application in forensic settings. Focuses on analysis of various crime scenes and characteristics of offenders. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 401: Policing in America (3 Credits)

Fundamental issues relevant to contemporary public policing in America: role and history of police; impact on crime, disorder, and other social problems; discretion and its control; moral hazards; police legitimacy and public support; police culture and the police organization; and community policing. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 402: Punishment and Corrections (3 Credits)

Covers theories on forms of punishment systems; punishment and corrections as a product of historical, cultural, and political changes; differences by race and gender in punishment and corrections; problems of social control and violence in prisons; alternative rehabilitation; and community prevention strategies. Equivalent to SOCI 402.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 403: Community Corrections (3 Credits)

Studies the purposes and goals of community-based corrections and its various components, including pretrial diversion, probation, parole, and emerging alternatives to traditional incarceration. Addresses issues related to offenders returning to the community and critical issues facing jails, community corrections, and the management of offenders in community settings. Examines the role of community corrections within the broader correctional system. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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  • Section 001 — Faye S. Taxman — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Innovation Hall 132

CRIM 404: Crime Victims and Victimization (3 Credits)

Explores experiences of crime victims, distribution of the risks of victimization, and causes and consequences of victimization. Also considers nature and influence of victim's rights advocates. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 405: Law and Justice around the World (3 Credits)

Comparative inquiry into the models of legal and justice systems around the world. Considers how social and legal norms are created, and how different societies exercise powers of social control. Evaluates justice models in action, including law and courts, policing, corrections, and juvenile justice. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 406: Family Law and the Justice System (3 Credits)

Introduction to the elements of family law, and exploration of its influence on American social life and contemporary notions of justice. Topics include marriage and parenting, divorce, custody and support, nontraditional families, and domestic violence. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 407: Advanced Topics in Law and Society (3 Credits)

Provides an in-depth examination of the law's role in social life to deepen students' appreciation of the law in action. Focuses on scholarly research that describes and explains how legal actors, processes, and institutions operate in the world Topics include: theories of legal change, law's relationship to class, gender, and race, and law, culture, and identity. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100 or GOVT 301
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 408: Criminal Courts (3 Credits)

Studies the workings, advantages, and frailties of criminal courts, and explores whether the system works effectively and efficiently. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100 or GOVT 301
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 409: Community Policing (3 Credits)

Study of community policing, particularly in the United States. Covers history and development of community policing, community relations, problem solving, and issues of organizational change. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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  • Section 001 — Christopher Edmunds — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Merten Hall (formerly University Hall) 1200

CRIM 410: Criminal Investigations (3 Credits)

Focuses on criminal investigations and the role of the criminal investigator in the criminal justice system. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 424: Constitutional Law: Criminal Process and Rights (3 Credits)

Studies constitutional law pertaining to the rights of the criminally accused from investigation and evidence through attorney, trial, and punishment stages at federal and state levels. Required for all criminology majors. Equivalent to GOVT 424.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 425: Criminal Justice Management (3 Credits)

Explains the management function for current and future criminal justice managers. Emphasizes communication, leadership skills, and organizational development. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: D or higher in CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 460: Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society (3 Credits)

Philosophical perspectives, historical context, technological developments, and institutional changes that surround controversies about privacy and surveillance in contemporary society. Explores public and private institutions conducting surveillance, how they calculate and manage risk, and legal constraints on surveillance activities. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
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CRIM 462: Law Enforcement and Homeland Security (3 Credits)

Examines the effect of 9/11 on law enforcement organizations in the United States and explores the evolving relationship between the military, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the post-9/11 era. Emphasis on understanding the entire framework of homeland security in the United States and the unique issues faced by local law enforcement. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 471: Prevention and Deterrence of Crime (3 Credits)

Theoretical and practical strategies for crime prevention and deterrence. Discusses social, environmental, and mechanical developments, police courts, and correctional elements of law enforcement in terms of current effectiveness and future potential for crime prevention. Equivalent to SOCI 471.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 475: Theory and Politics of Terrorism (3 Credits)

Explores origins of terrorism, tracing development from early states to a modern mode of conflict. Presents national, regional, and global perspectives. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 479: Preparation for Internship (3 Credits)

Preparation for internship in a justice organization or justice-related work activity. Students develop a relationship with a prospective internship sponsor and develop a plan for the internship and the research to be reported. Notes: This course is only open to students majoring in Criminology, Law and Society, and should only be taken by students who intend to complete an internship. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100, 306, and 315.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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  • Section 001 — Sylvia W Voreas — 10:30 AM to 01:10 PM R — Bull Run Hall 132

CRIM 480: Internship (6-12 Credits)

Application of classroom learning to an applied justice setting. Students maintain daily journals, conduct research, and deliver written and oral reports. Notes: Before enrolling, students must have a plan approved by the instructor. Seminars are held three times during the semester for discussion and oral presentation. Minimum of 45 hours of on-the-job work time required for each credit. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 12 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100, 306, 315, 479, and approval of department.
Schedule Type: Internship

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Sylvia W Voreas — 01:30 PM to 04:10 PM F — Bull Run Hall 256

CRIM 490: Special Topics (1-3 Credits)

Recent developments in the field. Notes: Topics vary. May be used to fulfill requirements for different concentrations in the BS in criminology, law, and society depending on the topic. May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 15 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CRIM 491: Honors Seminar I (3 Credits)

Course includes readings, individual or group projects, and discussion of seminar papers. Notes: First of a two-course sequence; subject varies. May be repeated when topic varies. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Research Associated
Recommended Prerequisite: Acceptance to pursue honors in the major.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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CRIM 495: Capstone in Criminology, Law and Society (3 Credits)

Provides an in-depth examination of a historical and contemporary issues facing criminology and law and society scholars. Focuses on the philosophies, practices, and procedures used by individuals and organizations and uses a variety of materials, experiences and resources. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Scholarly Inquiry, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100; ENGL 101/ENGH 101; ENGL 302/ENGH 302; COMM 100, or 104; 60 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture, Recitation

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Topics in CRIM

CRIM 490: Special Topics (1-3 Credits)

Recent developments in the field. Notes: Topics vary. May be used to fulfill requirements for different concentrations in the BS in criminology, law, and society depending on the topic. May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 15 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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Graduate

700-Level Courses in CRIM

CRIM 700: Theories of Justice (3 Credits)

Overview of ancient and modern theories of justice with application to contemporary issues involving justice system, and other social and political institutions. Equivalent to GOVT 726.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — James Willis — 01:30 PM to 04:10 PM R — West Building 1004

CRIM 721: The Constitution, Criminal Procedure, and Security (3 Credits)

Focuses on understanding legal doctrines that form basis of U.S. constitutional procedural rights and how doctrines develop, why courts rule as they do, and evaluating strengths, weaknesses of rights. Equivalent to GOVT 713.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 720 or GOVT 728, or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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CRIM 740: Justice Organization and Administration (3 Credits)

Examines organization and administration of justice and security organizations. Covers organization theory and behavior as applied to justice and security organizations. Equivalent to PUAD 790.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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CRIM 742: Leadership in Justice and Security Organizations (3 Credits)

Examines leadership theories, and explores fundamental questions about leadership in justice and security organizations today. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 740 or GOVT 790, or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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CRIM 761: Politics of Crime Policy (3 Credits)

Explores political context of crime policy. Examines influence of public opinion, interest groups, scientific community, and other political forces. In-depth, case-study comparison of several crime policies. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 760/GOVT 792 or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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CRIM 780: Research Methods (3 Credits)

Introduces logic and methods of scientific inquiry in justice, law, and crime policy. Includes conceptualization of research questions, observation, measurement, research design, and principles of causality. Evaluation of extant research according to scientific principles. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in social science research methods or statistics, or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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CRIM 783: Statistics II (3 Credits)

Focuses on the theory and application of multivariate regression methods as applied within the justice field. Topics include tests for and consequences of violating assumptions of the generalized linear model, dummy coding of categorical variables, testing of interaction effects, logistic regression, ordered and multinominal logit, and missing data analysis. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 782 or a comparable course.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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CRIM 784: Experimental Criminology (3 Credits)

Discusses the methodological, statistical, ethical, and practical concerns associated with experimental research designs in criminology. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 780.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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CRIM 795: Special Topics (3 Credits)

Recent developments in field, or topics not covered by regularly listed courses. Notes: Topics vary. May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 15 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in CRIM

CRIM 490: Special Topics (1-3 Credits)

Recent developments in the field. Notes: Topics vary. May be used to fulfill requirements for different concentrations in the BS in criminology, law, and society depending on the topic. May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 15 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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