Criminal and Social Justice Seminar

Program Description 

Two Weeks

This two week survey program will familiarize participants with the fundamental theories underlying (1) criminal behavior, (2) societal and governmental responses to those behaviors, and (3) a criminal justice system that regulates adjudication, deterrence, reformation, and punishment of those accused, and adjudicated responsible, of criminal behavior.  We will explore the most prevalent factors that drive crime in an effort to identify possible solutions.  We will also examine the societal and governmental responses to criminal behavior. From the moment an allegation that a crime has been committed, it triggers a variety of responses from various sources – including social services and government agencies.  In addition to identifying the potential, responsive actions taken by these services and agencies, we will specifically address the role these services and agencies play in the diversion, intervention, treatment, reformation, incarceration, and supervision of those accused or adjudicated of criminal behavior and whether such responses are effective.  In learning about the most common reaction, entry into the criminal justice system, the course will provide an understanding of the adjudicative process and will think about whether this system is the most effective response.  In addition to classroom interaction, guest lecturers and site visits will be utilized to show how theories are utilized in the “real world.”  Through interactive exercises, students will consider how to apply the concepts learned to actual cases.   

This course will run Monday - Friday for approximately 3.5 hours in the morning and 3.5 hours in the afternoon. 

Faculty: Christina Miller

Class Location: TBD

Syllabus/Course Schedule

Program Dates for 2020:
June 22 - July 3

Eligibility: 
Students entering grades 10, 11 & 12

Application Deadlines for 2020
January 15
February 15
March  15
April 15

Students working in lab

A Day in the Life...

8:00 am - Breakfast

AM Class

12:00 pm - Lunch and social time

PM Class

5:00 pm - Dinner

9:00 pm - Social Event in the dormitory