What's in a name? Perceptions of course names for criminal justice professionals

Richard Wortley, Kerry Wimshurst
2000 Journal of Criminal Justice Education  
Courses dealing with crime and the criminal justice system go under various names, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Justice Studies, and Justice Administration being among the most popular. Presumably, those who name these courses see subtle differences between these names and select a title, which is seen to best reflect the particular focus of their course. For example, in Australia Justice Administration has been generally used for courses that have an explicit vocational mission. This paper,
more » ... ssion. This paper, however, is not about what these various courses contain, but what people think they contain. The paper reports on a study that examined the perceptions of various course names by prospective and current students in the field. It is argued that the name of a course has significant implications for the attractiveness of that course to prospective students and the way that students in a course define their studies. Moreover, the meanings that students attach to course names seem to impact upon their sense of occupational identity.
doi:10.1080/10511250000084911 fatcat:qbr2kckjabfnnm2xig4xq4qa7y