Special Topics in Criminal Justice

MET CJ 510

CJ510 is the designation for "Special Topics in Criminal Justice". The subject matter for CJ510 courses changes from semester to semester, and more than one CJ510 can be offered in a given semester. For course descriptions, please contact the Department or the Graduate Student Advisor, Professor Cronin, at swcronin@bu.edu.

Summer 1 2015 --Special Topic: Race, Crime, and Justice
Examining the intersections of race, crime, and justice is crucial for anyone seeking to understand the complexities of criminal justice in American society. The events involving the response to the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, among other high-profile incidents in recent years, serve as stark examples of the larger historical, social, and political forces that shape the distribution of justice in society and the ongoing debates about fairness in justice administration. Disparities based on race, ethnicity, national origin, and other personal characteristics persist across many domains of the justice system (police courts and corrections) and other institutional responses to crime and delinquency (e.g. neighborhoods, schools). Drawing on rigorous social science from a variety of perspectives, this course examines the role of race in criminal justice policymaking and administration processes. Students analyze race as a determinant for public support for justice policies, police decision-making (around "stop and frisk" and use of force) through prosecution, sentencing, and correctional outcomes. The course provides a forum for open dialogue about the nature and causes of justice in American society as well as avenues for reform.

Summer 2 2015 -- Special Topic: Special Populations in Corrections
There are several million prisoners in the United States, and within this population there are many who present significant and complex challenges to correctional administrators -- so called "special populations." Due to correctional agencies playing a primary role in mental health services in America today, the largest and most important group is people possessing various mental illnesses. Other groups include sex offenders, people with chronic health illnesses, and gang members. This course examines the history of managing special populations, with a primary focus on the mentally ill. Through interactive lectures, discussions, facility tours, and presentations from current practitioners, students explore the impact of social trends, philosophy, and resultant laws and policies on the marginalization of some of the most challenging yet vulnerable offenders. Students consider what types of policies and practices might lead to more effectively managing and treating these populations and decreasing the burden on the correctional system and society.

FALL 2015 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
D1 Matesanz MET B02B R 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Leadership &
Mgmt in

Note: this course was also offered during Summer Term

Note that this information may change at any time. Please visit the Student Link for the most up-to-date course information.