JUST 701 (05) - Senior Seminar

SenSem/Natural Born Killers

Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2024 - Full Term (01/23/2024 - 05/06/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   16  
CRN: 56320
Advanced material in which the instructor has specialized knowledge through research and study. Topics may include the death penalty, terrorism, psychology of the jury, ethics and morality, immigration, therapeutic jurisprudence, and juveniles tried as adults.
Section Comments: Natural Born Killers v. Breaking Bad
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Prerequisite(s): JUST 401 with minimum grade of C- and JUST 501 with minimum grade of C-
Cross listed with : JUST 801.05
Only listed classes in section: Senior
Only listed majors in section: JUSTICE STUDIES, JUSTICE STUDIES
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Donna Perkins

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/23/2024 5/6/2024 W 12:40pm - 3:30pm HS 103
Additional Course Details: 

Natural Born Killers
Course Description:
Despite the relative steady decline in violent crime perpetration, generally, and by young males,
specifically, young males remain responsible for a majority of the violent crimes committed in the United
States. This course explores possible factors that may influence young males to engage in violent crime by
looking at the relative influence of nature (i.e., Are they are “natural born killers?”) and nurture (i.e., Are
they “breaking bad?”). Because Justice Studies is a very broad and interdisciplinary field of study, this
topic can be approached from many perspectives. The overarching perspective that will be adopted here
comes from developmental psychology. However, other perspectives may be introduced, including legal

This course is designed to examine individual factors (e.g., neurobiology, resilience, emotional development; hyper-masculinity, spirituality)
and environmental factors, both familial (e.g., parenting, discipline, abuse) and extra-familial (e.g., peer relationships, neighborhood, society)
associated with violence and delinquency in adolescent males.