CJS6500 Criminological Theory for Policy and Leadership

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Prof. Tari Colon

Course Description:

This course will explore the nature, causes, and treatment of criminal behavior through the classical and contemporary criminological theories. The biological, social, psychological, and environmental criminological theories underlying crime and deviance will be explored as well as current approaches to punishment, treatment and prevention. The effects of criminology on policy and leadership management will be emphasized.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Any minister, lay leader, or mission minded believer engaging persons within criminal justice system as well as active community members will inevitably be asked or ask themselves questions related to criminological theories and the implementation of policy by leadership based on those theories. Those within the criminal justice profession seeking to live out a missional calling through their work would benefit from a structured and guided engagement of criminology and the impact on policy and leadership. Due to the current state, members of the community would benefit a better understanding of the criminal justice theories. By understanding criminology, students will learn how to evaluate and analyze and policies and leadership.

Why This Course Is Important:

The entire Criminal Justice system is a hot topic. The pillars of accountability and understanding flow largely out of religious thought and tradition. Secular institutions in the criminal justice system are continually wrestling with hot topic issues and relations with the public, and they are actually wrestling with ideas that have long been explored in the Christian faith. It would benefit the larger mission of God for mission-minded individuals with training in criminological theory for policy and leadership. Criminology can help individuals understand criminal behavior and the impact of crime policies and practices on the community. There is a continuous need for an understanding of criminology.