GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
CULTURE, CRIME AND JUSTICE - CJ 482
Dr. Pakky Gerkin
Days Class Meets:
Tuesday & Thursday
Time Class Meets:
8:30 – 9:45
Location of Class:
205 D DeVos
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 – 12:30
Wednesday 9:00 – 10:00 (LOH Study Area)
An exploration of the relationship between culture, crime and justice that seeks to increase student’s cultural
competence in relation to the administration of justice and the justice professions.
PREREQUISITES and/or CO-REQUISITES:
CJ201 and Junior Standing
McNamara, R. and Burns, R. (2009).
Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System.
New York, NY:
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
theories of identity and culture across various social and historical contexts
the relationship between cultural difference, law breaking, victimization, administration of
justice, and justice professionals
how group/collective identifications impact the nature, meaning, and experience of crime,
crime control and justice
increased cultural competence in relation to the administration of justice and the justice
What is identity? That is, how are identities created, maintained, imposed, embraced, and rejected by individuals,
groups, regions, and nations?
What role does culture play in understanding the nature, meaning, and experience of crime, criminal behavior,
crime control, and justice? That is, how does our understanding of others and ourselves impact how we think in
terms of these issues?
How do individual and group identities impact the social realities of crime and justice?
How does cultural sameness or difference affect the work of criminal justice professionals?
How does identity, including national identity, sexual identity, and religious identity, enhance or minimize the
importance of concepts like equal protection and due process?