ORGSTUDY 495 - Special Topics in Organizational Studies
Winter 2023, Section 001 - Racial Disparities in Policing
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Organizational Studies (ORGSTUDY)
Department: LSA Organizational Studies
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Waitlist Notes:
OS students will be given preference on the waitlist based on academic standing. Waitlist priority will be at the discretion of the instructor.
May be elected six times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement has brought renewed public attention to an enduring social problem in America: racial disparities in policing, and gaps in police-community trust. Where do these inequities come from? What processes contribute to disparities in the policing? And what can we do to address them? The overarching goal of this course is to get “under the hood” of racial inequality in policing through organizational analysis: to identify the institutional and individual contributors to disparities, so that we can combat it.

One specific aim of this course is to introduce students to theoretical and empirical studies of disparities in policing. We will examine research from psychology, sociology, legal studies, and organizational behavior to understand how each of these perspectives sheds light on different aspects of race and police-community relations. In doing so, we will connect this issue to broader theories of organizational theory (discretion, organizational change) and psychology (implicit bias, procedural justice). A second goal of this course is to connect this research to social practice. In the second half of the course, we will examine the empirical support for interventions aimed at building trust and closing gaps in policing. Alongside these readings, we will have discussions with stakeholders working on these issues from a range of positions and perspectives: within law enforcement, community activism, policy change, and research.

Course Requirements:

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Class Format:

1.5-hour seminar twice weekly


ORGSTUDY 495 - Special Topics in Organizational Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: **This course is intended for juniors and seniors; sophomores may enroll but should contact instructor immediately to discuss course expectations. Instructor: Dr. Nick Camp (npcamp)
002 (SEM)
 In Person
1Jr or Sr
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
003 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: **This course is also offered as Soc 495-007, so check that course also to see if spaces may still be available in that class (36705).

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