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Criminal Justice Course Descriptions

CRJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3 credits
A course introducing the various components of the criminal justice process and presenting a broad overview of the processing of the accused through confrontation, arrest, detention, prosecution, defense, adjudication, sentencing, incarceration, probation and parole. The rights and responsibilities of defendants, citizens, suspects and agents of the Criminal Justice system are reviewed. Systemic issues are addressed. Distribution Requirement: CSI.

CRJ-SOC 2050 Norms, Deviance, and Social Control
3 credits
Class will examine how social norms are created and enforced. Will also look at who is seen as deviant and why, and how deviance is punished by society. Prerequisites: SOC 1010 or ANT 1040. Offered as needed.

CRJ-SOC 2068 Crime and the Media
3 credits
Course will evaluate representations of crime in the media. Students will examine how the media reports, distorts, and filters crime and justice issues. Analysis of the relationship between crime theory and the media.

CRJ 2210 Comparative Criminal Justice
3 credits
Examines issues related to crime and criminal justice throughout the world. Social, cultural, and political background of different systems of justice will be analyzed. Prerequisite: CRJ 1010. Offered Terms I and II.

CRJ-PSY 2670 Forensic Psychology
3 credits
A survey of the relationship between psychology and the law. Topics to be covered include psychological aspects of policing, mental health issues in criminal justice, behavioral approaches to trial preparation, and forensic assessment. Prerequisites: PSY 1010. Offered Terms I and II.

CRJ 2700 Penology
3 credits
A study of the methods of dealing with offenders including an examination and evaluation of the competing philosophies underpinning incarceration. The impact of confinement on the offender and the community will be considered. Specific attention will be paid to the changing role of correctional personnel in the penal system. Prerequisites: CRJ 1010 and MAT 2090, or permission of the instructor. Distribution Requirement: LAS. Offered Term II.

CRJ 2820 Due Process
3 credits
An analysis of the concepts surrounding due process. The ways in which these principles have evolved and their impact on the processes which agents of the Criminal Justice system must follow from pre‑arrest situation to post‑conviction appeal are considered. The impact of the first, fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth, and fourteenth amendments on procedure in arrest, search and seizure, right to counsel, lineups, confessions, trial, sentencing, appeals and conditions of confinement is discussed. Prerequisites: CRJ 1010 or PSC 1010 or one course in US History. Distribution Requirement: US.

CRJ 3020 Police Administration
3 credits
A study of the history, development, organization, operations, and functions of American police agencies, federal, state, and local, as well as an overview of private security. The patrol, traffic management, investigation, and community-relations functions of policing are analyzed. This course spans the wide spectrum of law enforcement and will emphasize both institutional and occupational aspects of policing in our society. Students will be introduced to critical issues, policies and procedures, legal parameters and contemporary concerns of law enforcement. Special issues include the hiring process, police discretion, culture, stress, ethics and deviance, suicide, and women and minorities in policing. Students will assess selected findings and recommendations of key commission findings such as the Knapp Commission, Wickersham Commission, Kerner Commission, and studies such as the Kansas City Study. Special emphasis will be placed on police and the law, and the Supreme Court cases which define police conduct. Prerequisite: CRJ 1010. Offered Term I.

CRJ 3110 Criminal Investigation
3 credits
This course will acquaint students with an overview of the basic approaches utilized in a criminal investigation, Students will be made aware of the participants in a criminal investigation, while addressing a variety of investigative topics centered around current issues and cases. Prerequisite: CRJ 1010. Offered Term II.

CRJ 3200 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
3 credits
A history of the development of juvenile justice is followed by a survey of the theories and incidence of juvenile delinquency in our society. The development of policy in relation to public opinion, and current theories and practice are discussed. Prerequisites: CRJ 1010, any introductory Social Science class, or HMS 1000, and SOC 1021, SSC 2502, or CRJ 3311. Offered Term I.

CRJ 3225 The Child, The Family, and The Law
3 credits
An examination of three basic areas in which the law and other outside forces impact the child, the family and the interaction between the two: domestic abuse and neglect, family composition (divorce, blended families, single-parent families, custody, and so forth) and the area of juvenile delinquency. This course looks at various social, economic, legal, psychological and behavioral factors as they apply to the concept of “at-risk youth.” An examination of the role of the state in family issues, and the consideration of a number of often conflicting rights, such as the rights of the child versus parental rights, the governmental right to parent (parens patriae), rights of the adoptive vs. the biological parents, rights of the unmarried father vs. the unmarried mother, rights of foster parents, and even the rights of grandparents. The course examines the role of the state in protecting children and preserving or dismantling the family, and the role of the family in the final outcome of the child. Prerequisites: CRJ 1010, and CRJ 3311, or permission of instructor. Offered Term II.

CRJ 3230 Community Based Corrections
3 credits
An examination of the development, philosophy, and principles of community based corrections. Emphasis is placed on systemic issues including, among others, the perceived and real impacts of community alternatives on institutional overcrowding, the consequences of excessive workloads, the potential for “widening the net,” and the application of justice model principles. Students also assess contemporary legal, methodological and evaluation issues and problems. Prerequisites: CRJ 1010 and CRJ 2620, or permission of the instructor. Offered alternate years.

CRJ-PSC 3300 International Human Rights Law
3 credits
An examination of international human right through a legal perspective. Focusing on the foundations of human rights in relation to the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, and specific international treaties including the Genocide Convention, Elimination of Discrimination Convention, Rights of the Child. Prerequisite: CRJ 1010 or PSC 1010 or SOC 1010. Offered in Terms I and II.

CRJ-SOC 3311 Criminology
3 credits
An overview of the study of criminology: how crime is defined, the nature and extent of crime, the correlates of crime (such as social class, race, gender and age), various types of offenders and offenses (such as violent crime, property crime, white collar crime, and public order crime), and various theories of crime causation. An overview of both non-sociological theories (such as biological and psychological) and sociological theories, including several structural theories. Prerequisite: CRJ 1010. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term I.

CRJ 3400 Crime, Criminal Justice and Disasters
3 credits
This course encompasses two important and vital fields of study: criminal justice and emergency disaster management, and addresses the particular problems and situational issues related to law enforcement response during disasters. With both natural and man-made disasters, as well as the crimes that accompany them, on the increase, the need for law enforcement becomes a particularly critical and timely topic of study. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status; CRJ 1010 or Permission of Instructor. Offered Term II every other year.

CRJ 3800 Criminal Law
3 credits
A survey of the general principles of criminal law including: overall assumptions, elements of a crime, defenses. Problems in the operation of criminal law are drawn from various states and from the federal system. Prerequisites: CRJ 1010. Offered Term II.

CRJ 4590 Seminar in Criminal Justice
3 credits
An examination of a number of provocative and sometimes controversial criminal justice topics in large part through the lenses of social construction and collective definitions. Discussions will begin with the notion of “crime myths,” but will include the broader understanding of a number of interesting topics, such crime waves, and fear of crime, missing children, serial killers, stalkers and murder, organized crime, corporate crime, juvenile super predators, the myth of equal justice, the myth of country club prisons, the myth of the lenient criminal justice system, and more. Prerequisites: CRJ 1010, MAT 2090, and CRJ 3311, and junior or senior standing. Distribution Requirement: LAS. Offered Term II every other year.