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Summer Programs for High School Students at the University of Texas Austin

3 Weeks

Crime & Justice

On CampusAge Range 14-18Course Time Afternoon EST

Gain the analytical tools necessary to understand crime, law, and deviance in the U.S. Learn about the types of criminal behavior, the characteristics of offenders and victims, and the strengths and weaknesses of the criminal legal system. You'll learn about what a crime is, why we punish, and what has changed over time (or not) in the administration of justice and punishment. 

Who Should Take This Course? This course is suitable for students who intend to pursue a career in the criminal legal system or for those who are generally interested in understanding how crime, justice, and punishment operate in the U.S.
Highlights In this course, students get to hone their critical thinking and analytical skills.
Faith Deckard
Faith Deckard

Faith Deckard is a sociology PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to this, she attended Trinity University where she majored in biology and had aspirations of becoming a medical doctor. However, through life experiences and coursework, she discovered that she was more interested in studying the factors outside of the human body that shape behavior, perspective, and life outcomes, of which health is one of many. Sociology has become the academic home for such investigations, with Faith taking a particular interest in criminal legal contact, and its resulting consequences for defendants and their broader support networks (i.e. family, friends). Faith has received numerous academic awards for outstanding publications and papers, as well as being a distinguished grant fellow of both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). She is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Life HD Lab, and has taught for the UT Austin Department of Sociology, TPEI (Texas Prison Education Initiative), and the Population Research Center.

Courses & Academies This class is one of our UT Austin courses. Courses are single classes that are taken in the morning or afternoon. Students who take our courses select two courses to take during the session. Students will select a morning and afternoon course. Students will receive a certificate of completion from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dates & Tuition
  • Jun 24 - Jul 14: Residential - $7,499
  • Jun 25 - Jul 13: Commuter - $3,999
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