Altruism, Cooperation, And Criminal Justice

This course examines the philosophical and empirical data of altruism and cooperation and relates these fields to the study of criminal justice organizations. Specifically, we examine whether it is necessary to "be nice" to work in the criminal justice field. We further examine whether those that are more cooperative and altruistic perform their jobs more effectively and how relationships between client and worker, and worker and supervisor are influenced by altruistic and cooperative tendencies of the individuals. Finally, students will collect, analyze, and summarize original data testing the hypotheses offered within the course.