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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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LAJ 548 - Decision Making in Law and Justice

Review of literature on correlates of decision making with a focus on crime reporting, use of force, arrest, bail, charging, sentencing, and release. Course will not have an established scheduling pattern.

Prerequisite: admission to the master of science program in law and justice or instructor permission.


Learner Outcomes:
  • Students will analyze the major decision making points in the criminal justice system. 
  • Students will compare the primary correlates of decisions that relate, as well as those that differ, across the system and be able to cite corresponding literature that supports their claims. 
  • Students will critically analyze what discretion is, the role it plays in the system, and the practical problems that surround discretion in systems of justice
  • Students will apply how discretion plays a role in issues of disparity across the system and be able to apply corresponding literature to support their claims.
  • Students will develop, refine, and apply skills to read, explain, and critique modern social science research.
Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
Approved Fall 2017

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