JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY

JLC-496
Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.

JLC-496
E01L
JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Torture in Counterterrorism

Throughout history, torture has been used for multiple purposes: as a mechanism within formal legal systems, as a tool to control the lower classes, and as a covert tactic that has survived even when its practice has been contested or outlawed. Today, most democratic countries have outlawed torture and outwardly condemn it. However, even "civilized" states that denounce torture widely practice it. This course discusses the history of torture and physical punishment, changes in the practice over time, and the problem of torture today. The course focuses on a range of issues relating to torture including: what constitutes torture, attitudes about torture, the efficacy of using torture, concerns about torture especially in the context of counterterrorism, and why torture persists despite arguments against it.

JLC-496
F01L
JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Terrorism in the 21st Century

Since September 11th, terrorism is been increasingly a focus for the public, academics, government, and policy makers. While terrorism has been used for millennia, the tactics and technologies of terrorism are constantly evolving. This course focuses specifically on terrorism around the world in the 21st century. Students discuss a range of issues relating to 21st century terrorism including: the impact of 9/11 on global terror, changing nature of terrorist organizations, shifting tactics and goals of terrorism, and the evolution of technologies of terror including both weaponry and the use of social media. Meets with JLC-696 F02L.

JLC-496
E03L
JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Cinema and Social Justice

This course explores current themes associated with injustice and equitable treatment. Valuing diversity is a necessary component to any community to make the whole society strong. However social justice is defined (equal opportunity re: gender, sexuality, religion, race, socioeconomic, etc. issues), at the root as people sharing community resources to get an equal opportunity. This class uses both pop culture and classical films to further the discussion of selected topics.

JLC-496
F03L
JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Sex Offense Policies in U.S.

In the first half of this course, students explore the typology of sex offenders, including juvenile offenders, serial rapists, pedophiles, and female offenders. In the second half, the class shifts to exploring policy responses to sexual offending, including registration, residency restrictions, and chemical castration. Meets with JLC-696 F03L.

JLC-496
F04L
JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

14Th Amendment in Theory and Practice

The aim of this class is twofold: first, to gain a firm and broad doctrinal understanding of the due process and equal protection clauses; and second, to explore what these clauses mean in our society today. Students study the Amendment through case law, social science research, and case studies, as well as through individual reflection and class discussion. Meets with JLC-696 F04L.

JLC-496
F05L
JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Girls and Gangs

Female participation in crime and violence has, for the most part, been ignored by social scientists, particularly with respect to girls' participation in gangs. Largely the attitude of social scientists dealing with criminality has been, "Add women and stir," implying that the same factors that explained male criminality were applicable to females. This course considers the history and theories behind girls in gangs by exploring the ethnographies and empirical studies conducted over time. Among the topics of interest are the differences between gangs based on race/ethnicity, gender and the composition of the gang - i.e., whether there are both male and female members or a females only gang which affects the roles girls have in the gang. Meets with JLC-696 F05L.

JLC-496
E06L
JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

The Language of Crime

From police interrogations to ransom letters and courtroom arguments, language is closely tied to all aspects of the criminal justice system. The field of forensic linguistics explores the intersection of language and the law, in particular how language evidence can guide police investigations and contribute to determining the guilt or innocence of suspects. This course explores the many fascinating applications of linguistics to criminal justice, including the analysis of confession statements, suicide notes, courtroom discourse, and identifying unknown speakers based on their language. Meets with JLC-696 E06L.

JLC-496
F06L
JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Justice in Tribal Communities

This course provides an overview of the history and the impacts of federal policies on the criminal justice response to crime in American Indian and Alaska Native communities from a comparative perspective. Specifically, students learn about the jurisdictional complexities Native American citizens face when crimes occur on tribal land. Students also learn about recent federal policies that may return more autonomy to tribes. The course includes guest speakers who can speak to the day-to-day challenges of implementing these policies in tribal communities. Meets with JLC-696 F06L.

JLC-496
001
JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Psychology of Terrorism

This course explores questions such as why do people participate in political violence or terrorism; what do psychological theories say about decisions to participate and how individuals and groups respond to violence; and how do these psychology theories compare to "rational" explanations of terrorism and political violence. The purpose of this course is to teach students to explore these, and other related questions in a rigorous, analytical way. Meets with JLC-696 002.

JLC-496
001
JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Terrorist Radicalization

This class focuses on terrorists' characterization, radicalization and motivations, as well as issues of involvement and deradicalization/disengagement. Meets with JLC-696 001.

JLC-496
002
JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Global Terrorism and Counterterrorism

This course focuses on strategies and policies to counter global terrorism in Western Europe and the United States. Meets with JLC-696 002.