CRJU 3800 - Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice


Addresses the racial impact of criminal laws enacted by the peoples elected representatives, the actions and policies of law enforcement agencies, the courts, correctional institutions, the juvenile justice system, and the death penalty. Raises awareness and promotes critical thinking about the problems that exist in our system, how those problems originated and evolved, and possible solutions for these problems.

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand key concepts in the study of race, ethnicity, and criminal justice;
  2. Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand how class, race, and gender intersect and affect patterns of crime and victimization;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to articulate and analyze how disadvantage influences patterns of crime and victimization and how discrimination develops and affects the administration of justice in our society.
  • Module 1: Introduction to Race & Criminal Justice
  • Module 2: Race Relations, the Media, and their consequences
  • Module 3: Race, Ethnicity, Social Structure, and Crime Part I
  • Module 4: Race, Ethnicity, Social Structure, and Crime Part 2
  • Module 5: Race and Policing
  • Module 6: Race & the Courts
  • Module 7: Race and Sentencing
  • Module 8: The Color of Corrections and Death: Race, Prison, & the Death Penalty

Credit Hours

Criminal Justice


  • CRJU 1100

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