JUST 801 (05) - Graduate Seminar in Justice Studies

Grad Sem/Natural Born Killers

Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2024 - Full Term (01/23/2024 - 05/06/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   6  
CRN: 56325
Seminar on advanced material in which the instructor has specialized knowledge through research and study. Topics may include the death penalty, terrorism, psychology of the jury, immigration, history of the law. Content of specific sections will vary by section of the course. Course may be repeated for different topics.
Section Comments: Natural Born Killers v. Breaking Bad
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Cross listed with : JUST 701.05
Only listed majors in section: JUSTICE STUDIES
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.