CJ 209 – The Criminal Justice System (3 credits)
Have you ever wondered…
- why violent crime occurs?
- whether punishment deters crime?
- if the criminal justice system really works the way it’s portrayed on TV?
This intensive, three-credit course will give you
the opportunity to examine these questions and
gain greater understanding of the American
criminal justice system. Topics for analysis and
discussion will include policing, the courts, and
Marymount’s expert faculty will facilitate
examination of such topics as the role of the
media in influencing public perceptions and
public policy in areas like juvenile justice,
the death penalty, and gun control. Guest
speakers – including criminologists, federal
agents, local law enforcement officers, and
forensic scientists – will supplement the
classroom instruction with real-life examples
The course will also involve field trips to
locations of interest in the greater Washington,
DC, area. Potential field trip sites include the
Drug Enforcement Administration Museum, the
Museum of Crime and Punishment, the Newseum,
and the Holocaust Museum.