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CRM-205-90, Policing and Society (SU15)

INSTRUCTOR: Mischelle Van Brakle, PhD

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Online – Joule Platform – May26-June 26, 2015

CONTENT:

Focuses on the history, structure, role, and function of policing in American society. Types of policing and police-community relations will be explored. Students will examine the functions of policing including patrol, order maintenance, investigation and community policing. A number of contemporary police problems will be presented including corruption, discretion, deadly force and minority relations. Course will include an exploration of cross-national comparisons. Prerequisite: CRM-101 or SOC-101. [3 credits] Description from the course catalog

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

This course presents an overview of the functions and evolution of law enforcement in the United States. Upon completion of this class, you will be able to do the following:

1. Describe the origins and history of law enforcement in the United States (knowledge)

2. Explain the functions of policing and the evolution of various policing strategies (comprehension)

3. Compare and contrast various law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels (analysis)

4. Explain the concept of police discretion and identify the various laws and policies that influence police discretion (knowledge and comprehension)

5. Describe police-citizen relations and their influence on perceptions of crime and police effectiveness (knowledge)

6. Explain the influences and conditions that foster police misconduct (comprehension)

7. Discuss the influence of race, class, and gender on the history of policing (comprehension)

METHODS: Lectures

  • Discussion Forums
  • Podcasts
  • Reflection papers
  • Quizzes

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS

Exams                                97                    32%

Reflections                          60                    20%

Discussion Forums                55                    18%

Quizzes                              88                    29%

Total                                       300 points           100%

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS

Archbold, Carol A. (2013). Policing: A Text Reader. Sage Publications: Los Angeles. ISBN-10: 1412993695. ISBN-13: 978-1412993692 

Additional materials will be provided over the course of the semester.

RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Introduce yourself to the class by midnight on May 26th and review the layout of the course.