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CRM-205 Policing and Society

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The course focuses on the history, structure, role, and function of policing in American society.  The 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. The course will include an exploration of cross-national comparisons.  Prerequisite: CRM-101 or SOC-101.  [3 credits]

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

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)

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 

  1. Exams                                                            
  2. Reflection Papers                                                      
  3. Class Participation
  4. Term Paper                            
  5. Quizzes

REQUIRED/RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK(S) OR MATERIALS:

Access the bookstore website at www.ndm.bncollege.com  for textbook information.

OTHER COURSE INFORMATION:

  • This course does not require any assignments prior to the first class.
  • Introduce yourself to the class prior to the first class via the Joule course site
  • Review the layout of the course.