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.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Only listed majors in section: JUSTICE STUDIES
Additional Course Details:
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 perspectives.