Criminal Justice

Metropolitan College

Crime and Delinquency

MET CJ 209

Crime is a complex social phenomena that harms individuals and society at large. This course provides a foundation for understanding criminal behavior. It emphasizes critical analysis of theories of crime causation from a variety of perspectives and their implications for public policy. The course applies theories to a range of crime types and problems, from violence to economic-based crimes. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 20-June 24)

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Criminal Law

MET CJ 351

Criminal law is the foundation of the justice system and it defines the behaviors that are prohibited, prosecuted, and punished. As an introductory course in criminal law, this course covers the elements of crimes, the nature of criminal responsibility, criminal defenses, and substantive offenses. The course provides insight into the philosophy of law and legal analysis and judicial decision-making through reading and discussing actual legal decisions. The course is relevant for anyone that may wish to pursue a legal career or a career in criminal justice (e.g. police, prosecutor, victim/witness advocate). 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (June 29-August 5)

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Special Topics in Criminal Justice

MET CJ 510

Topic for Summer 2015: 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. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 20-June 24)

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Special Topics in Criminal Justice

MET CJ 510

Topic for Summer 2015: 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. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (June 29-August 5)

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Policing in a Democratic Society

MET CJ 750

Police agencies play a critical role in a democratic society. While seeking to maintain order, enforce the law, and deliver services effectively, police agencies are held accountable to a wide variety of values by a number of powerful stakeholders. Police leaders, managers, and other personnel must understand the complexities of the police role in society and the political and legal constraints placed on them, and also be experts in effective, evidence-based approaches to dealing with crime problems in the community. By applying theory, policy, and evaluation literature to the cutting-edge practices in the field, this course provides students with an advanced understanding in the field of police leadership, management, strategy, and accountability within a democratic society. 4 cr. Tuition: $3200

Summer 1 (May 20-June 24)

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