Criminology, Law and Society
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Criminology Summer 2017

Undergraduate

300-Level Courses in CRIM

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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  • Section 001 — Kate Doyle Feingold — 12:45 PM to 04:15 PM M — Enterprise Hall 277

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 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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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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  • Section B01 — Jack Kitaeff — 10:30 AM to 01:10 PM MW — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1002

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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  • Section A01 — Stephen Happeny — 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM MWF — Innovation Hall 131

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 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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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section B01 — Stephen F Bamford — 10:30 AM to 01:10 PM TR

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 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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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section C01 — Sylvia W Voreas — 01:30 PM to 03:35 PM MTWR

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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  • Section 001 — Sylvia W Voreas — 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM W — Bull Run Hall 258

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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Graduate

900-Level Courses in CRIM

CRIM 998: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (1-6 Credits)

Work on a research proposal forming basis for doctoral dissertation. Notes: Minimum 3, maximum 6 credits for doctorate. Maximum of 27 credits of CRIM 998/CRIM 999 applicable to doctoral degree requirements. May be repeated within the degree.
Recommended Prerequisite: Students must complete all core analytical course degree requirements.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Dissertation

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