Cultural Diversity Issues In Criminal Justice – cja344 (3 credits)

This course offers a comprehensive, critical and balanced examination of the issues of crime and justice with respect to race and ethnicity. Procedures and policy in a pluralistic and multicultural society are examined relative to law enforcement, courts and corrections environments.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Ethnicity and the Police

  • Examine how police practices affect police–community relations.
  • Explain officer attitudes, police corruption, and citizen complaints relative to ethnicity.
  • Analyze public opinion about the police..
  • Identify contemporary concerns relative to policing particular ethnic communities.

Ethnicity and the Courts

  • Summarize the effect of ethnicity on courtroom proceedings.
  • Identify disparity and discrimination issues in courtroom proceedings.
  • Explain the need for diversity among courtroom personnel and whether ethnicity influences judicial practices.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of jury nullification when premised on ethnic considerations.

Ethnicity, Social Structure, and Crime Victims and Offenders

  • Describe how the historical development of policing relates to current concerns regarding multiculturalism.
  • Interpret victimization, offender rates, and statistical data for different ethnic groups.
  • Describe the history of gangs and their influence on youth.
  • Describe the occurrence of hate crimes on people of various ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and sexual orientations.
  • Explain the relationship between police and people of various ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and sexual orientations.
  • Explain the factors related to ethnicity and socioeconomic statuses that lead to disparity in the criminal justice system.

Ethnicity and Corrections

  • Describe the issue of ethnic disparity and discrimination within corrections.
  • Identify the significance of cultural diversity as it relates to correctional facilities.
  • Explain ethnic disparity issues as they relate to the juvenile justice system.

Contemporary Cultural Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice

  • Assess whether the criminal justice system discriminates against any group.
  • Identify contemporary issues related to disparity and discrimination in the criminal justice system.
  • Assess the criminal justice system’s response to the public’s perception of ethnic and gender bias.

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