College of Criminal Justice and Security
CJA/344 Version 3
Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice
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This course offers a comprehensive, critical and balanced examination of the issues of crime and justice with respect to ethnicity. Procedures and policy in a pluralistic and multicultural society are examined relative to law enforcement, courts and corrections environments.
Faculty and students will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents:
University policies: You must be logged into the student website to view this document. •
Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum.
University policies are subject to change. Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality.
The Criminology and Criminal Justice Collective of Northern Arizona University. (2009). Investigating difference: Human and cultural relations in criminal justice (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
McNamara, R., & Burns, R. (2009). Multiculturalism in the criminal justice system. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
All electronic materials are available on the student website.
Whenever there is a question about the assignments, remember that this syllabus is considered the ruling document.
Week One: Ethnicity, Social Structure, and Crime Victims and Offenders
Describe how the historical development of policing relates to current concerns regarding multiculturalism. 1.2
Interpret victimization, offender rates, and statistical data for different ethnic groups. 1.3
Describe the history of gangs and their influence on youth. 1.4
Describe the occurrence of hate crimes on people of various ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and sexual orientations. 1.5
Explain the relationship between police and people of various ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and sexual orientations. 1.6
Explain the factors related to ethnicity and socioeconomic statuses that lead to disparity in the criminal justice system.
Read the Week One Read Me First.
Read Ch. 1 of Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System.
Read Ch. 2 of Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System.
Read Ch. 8 of Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System.
Read Ch. 3 of Investigating Difference.
Read Ch. 5 of Investigating Difference.
Read Ch. 7 of Investigating Difference.
Read Ch. 14 of Investigating Difference.
Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.
Participate in class discussion.
Respond to weekly discussion questions.
3 Learning Team Instructions
Panel Discussion Presentation (Preparation)
Choose a topic from the following options concerning the dynamics of race, the police, and the community for your panel discussion:
Racial profiling by police
Influence of police leadership on racial disparity and discrimination •
Effect of police brutality on ethnic minority victims, family, and community •
Response of government officials to racial and ethnic issues
Consider using Opposing Viewpoints in Context as a source for your articles, which is located in University Library under Specialized Resources. Use the Quick Search function to locate articles on your selected topic.
Review three to five articles pertaining to your topic.
Begin working on your Panel Discussion Presentation, due in Week Two.
Police Influence on Society
Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper that describes how the historical development of...
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