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Crime and Justice: Learning through Cases
     

Crime and Justice: Learning through Cases

by Carolyn Boyes-Watson, Susan T. Krumholz (Contribution by), Aviva M. Rich-Shea (Contribution by)
 

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Crime and Justice offers a comprehensive introduction to the U.S. criminal justice system through nineteen historical and contemporary case studies. Each chapter opens with an engaging case, followed by an explanatory chapter that teaches core concepts, key terms, and critical issues. The second edition has been revised and updated throughout. It features new chapters

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Crime and Justice offers a comprehensive introduction to the U.S. criminal justice system through nineteen historical and contemporary case studies. Each chapter opens with an engaging case, followed by an explanatory chapter that teaches core concepts, key terms, and critical issues. The second edition has been revised and updated throughout. It features new chapters on terrorism, the war on drugs, and gender. It also expands coverage of white collar crime and victims’ issues. New cases include Enron, the O.J. Simpson trial, Barbara Sheehan and Battered Women’s Defense, the story of Al Capone, and more.

In this second edition, Carolyn Boyes-Watson, with contributors Susan T. Krumholz and Aviva M. Rich-Shea, enhance student learning through case studies that serve multiple learning objectives: cases explore sociological issues of race, class, gender, and power, while also teaching students the law and processes of the justice system. The book is excellent for not just Introduction to Criminal Justice courses, but also any course that introduces students to the concepts of crime and justice.

Editorial Reviews

Danielle McGurrin
Overall, the text offers a unique and engaging approach to crime and justice issues via the case study method. I like the mixture of classic and contemporary case study selections.
William P. Schaefer
An extraordinarily effective textbook that, by bringing to life a series of key criminal justice cases, provides students with an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the role of law in attempting (not always successfully) to achieve justice in the United States. As was the case with the first edition, Boyes-Watson once again has written a book that will challenge and fully engage the best students while remaining fully accessible to all students. It is, in my opinion, an indispensable teaching tool for courses in Crime and Politics.
Henry DiCarlo
At our busy community college my colleagues and I have successfully used the case studies in Carolyn Boyes-Watson’s Crime and Justice for several years. The exciting new cases and enhanced materials in this second edition will strengthen our ability to relate the chapters to actual criminal justice experiences. Case studies bring together our traditional students and the working professionals in our classes in active discussions and peer teaching. Learning through cases works particularly well for me in my on-line sections.
J. Price Foster
I created the Ethics in Criminal Justice course at the University of Louisville over a decade ago and have used virtually all of the most used texts, including the first edition of Carolyn Boyes-Watson’s text. I am delighted to see this second edition. My students find the case study much more useful than the traditional approach to textbooks in the field. I think this has to do with the fact that they find it more interesting and relevant. This approach certainly improves their class participation in the discussion at hand.
Sara Steen
Crime and Justice is clearly constructed around sound pedagogical principles, including the use of case studies, learning objectives, key concepts, and avenues for students to learn more about topics of particular interest. Most chapters conclude with readings, websites, or videos that students can access to learn more about the case.This structure is consistent with sound pedagogical principles for college student learners.The authors did an excellent job of choosing case studies that not only introduce and illustrate key concepts, but also raise questions without clear answers. I want my students to understand that the criminal justice system is messy; that it is built around time- and place-specific answers to moral questions, and that decisions made daily by criminal justice actors involve moral judgments.Using the case studies as an integral part of the book’s architecture is an effective way to highlight the complicated nature of the system.
Sir Read Alot Book Review
Crime and Justice: Learning though Cases is an effective pedagogy and popular teaching format for students. ... Each case serves the core learning objectives within each chapter; the narrative form of the case holds student attention and provides historical, sociological, political, and legal context for each case, which provides rich detail for class discussion, analysis and assignments. ... Crime and Justice offers all the tools instructors need to successfully apply the case method approach to a traditional classroom. Each chapter covers the core knowledge required for an overview of the criminal justice system that prepares students for higher-level courses on the justice system. Written in a highly accessible compelling and concise prose, this engaging text is suitable for a first-level course in a wide range of institutions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442220881
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/16/2013
Series:
Learning through Cases Series , #1
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
518
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Carolyn Boyes-Watson is professor of sociology and director for the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University.

Susan T. Krumholz is professor and chair of the Department of Crime and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Aviva M. Rich-Shea is associate professor of criminal justice at Massasoit Community College.

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