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Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice




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Course level: Undergraduate

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.


What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Identify the categories of race.
  • Define the terms race, minority, inclusion, discrimination, and diversity.
  • Explain the difference between diversity and discrimination.
  • Differentiate between bias, discrimination, stereotyping, and cultural competency.

Week 2

  • Explain the importance of understanding offender rates and statistical data for race, minority, and ethnic groups.
  • Examine how police practices and court decisions affect community relations and public opinions about the criminal justice system. 
  • Define and examine interracial and intraracial crimes.
  • Examine theoretical explanations for offending and victimization related to race and ethnicity, with a focus on juveniles and gangs.

Week 3

  • Discuss disparity and discrimination in courtroom proceedings and the effect on the judicial system.
  • Explain the difference between implicit biases and stereotypes and explicit stereotyping and attitudes.
  • Describe the effect of racial disparity in sentencing.
  • Explain the importance of diversity among courtroom and corrections personnel. 

Week 4

  • Discuss the needs of special populations in correctional facilities and post-reintegration programs.
  • Explain the benefits of diversity in corrections staff (warden, correctional officers, detention deputy, parole and probation officers) and retention practices.
  • Identify issues of disparity and discrimination in corrections.

Week 5

  • Explain the value of cultural competence in the criminal justice field and the benefits of intercultural communication skills.
  • Discuss challenges facing the criminal justice system.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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