Apr 20, 2021  
2020-21 Catalog 
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CJ 242 - Race, Law, and Justice

5 CR

Examines the strengths and weaknesses of the police carrying out their mission in a culturally diverse society. Students develop an understanding of the influences of culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class on the legal process and within society.

Course Outcomes
  • Use key terms (e.g., multiculturalism, racism, institutional racism, prejudice, racial groups) correctly.
  • Explain the roles that racism and prejudice played in police-community conflicts, the creation of laws, the enforcement of laws, the legal interpretation of laws, the sentencing of offenders and community response to the police.
  • Apply comprehension of multicultural law enforcement by identifying the policing philosophies, strategies and techniques used by police departments and explaining whether the departments have addressed the needs of a diverse community.
  • Analyze the history of tension between the police and racial and ethnic groups by applying a psychological and sociological perspective.
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the legal rationale supporting landmark criminal court decisions and determine whether they fit with common standards of equality and justice.
  • Evaluate police-community conflicts to determine whether the police lacked an understanding of the dynamics of a socially diverse community or whether there was a predisposed suspicion of the police due to a long and bitter history.
  • Evaluate the new policing strategies employed by the contemporary police departments and argue whether these new approaches address the arguments and concerns raised by those minority groups that are affected.

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