Eastern Kentucky University
Department of Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies
Master of Science Program in Correctional / Juvenile Justice Studies
UNDERSTANDING CRIME, DELINQUENCY, AND CORECTIONAL PROGRAMS
Kevin I. Minor, Ph.D.
Stratton 104 (Hours:
9:30 – 11:30 AM, M-W and by
859-622-2240 (Administrative Assistant:
This course presents and critiques explanations of crime and delinquency from
a multi-disciplinary perspective and examines their use in adult and juvenile correctional programs.
1. Akers, R. L., & Sellers, C. S.
Introduction, evaluation, and application
Oxford University Press.
2. Williams, F. P. III, & McShane, M. D.
Supplemental readings are available on Blackboard.
Weekly reading assignments will be made during class sessions.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Display knowledge of the nature of criminological theory including definition and components,
varieties of theory, and criteria for evaluating theories
Demonstrate in-depth comprehension of major theoretical perspectives on crime and
criminalization including assumptions, concepts, and propositions
Critique theories and discuss modifications thereof
Compare and contrast perspectives
Apply theoretical insights to practices, policies, and issues in the field
Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing about criminological theory
More broadly, the course is also meant to:
(a) provide experience at comparing, contrasting, critiquing, and
discovering the implications of abstract ideas and (b) enhance your written and verbal communication skills.
RELATIONSHIP OF COURSE TO PROGRAM COMPETENCIES:
Members of the graduate faculty in
the Department of Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies have approved the following statement in
regard to the competencies graduates of the program are expected to demonstrate.
Graduates of the program are expected to use analytical and critical thinking to demonstrate proficiency
in the following areas:
written and oral communication and computer literacy
the application of problem solving to evaluating and synthesizing information