We explore the theoretical basis for sentencing, including the purposes of sentencing, and determination of the just sentence, including the consideration of the crime, as well as the offender’s background and criminal history. We cover contemporary issues like prosecutorial misconduct, plea bargaining, sentencing guidelines, mandatory minimums, truth in sentencing and the impact of racial and gender disparities. We also spend time investigating special issues within the field such as the sentencing of juveniles and capital sentencing procedures.
College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.
For additional information, and an up-to-date list of the writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Drexel University Writing Center page