1 Criminal Justice (CRJU) Course Descriptions REQUIRED COURSES CRJU 1000 CRIMINAL JUSTICE: AN OVERVIEW This course is designed to provide an overview of the criminal justice process and the criminal justice system in general. Concepts of crime, deviance, and justice are discussed and general theories of crime causality are examined. Special emphasis is placed on the components of the criminal justice system: the police, the prosecutorial and defense functions, the judiciary, and the field of corrections. CRJU 2041 CRIME THEORY AND CAUSES This course provides a general survey of the nature and causes of crime and efforts of the criminal justice system to predict, prevent, modify, and correct this behavior. This course involves a critical appraisal of various theories of crime causation, including an examination of biological, psychological, economic, and sociological perspectives that explain crime and deviance. CRJU 3100 CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH METHODS This course introduces students to the formulation of research questions covering crime and justice, research designs, data collection, and the interpretation and reporting of these data in criminological and justice-system settings. Course content also includes experimental and non-experimental research designs, probability and non-probability sampling techniques, and construction of scales and indexes for research purposes. CRJU 3150 STATISTICS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE This course serves as an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics and the computer analysis of criminology and criminal justice data. Course content includes basic procedures of hypothesis testing, correlation and regression analysis, and the analysis of continuous and binary dependent variables. Emphasis is placed on the examination of research problems and issues in the field of criminology and criminal justice CRJU 4042 CORRECTIONS This course consists of an overview of the field of penology and corrections. Attention is paid to conflicting philosophies of punishment, criminological theory as it applies to the field of corrections, the selectivity of the process through which offenders move prior to their involvement in correctional programs, alternative correctional placements, and empirical assessments of the short- and long-term consequences of one s involvement in correctional programs.
2 CRJU 4043 LAW ENFORCEMENT This course presents an overview of the role that police in American society today. Attention is on the origins of policing, the nature of police organizations and police work, patterns of relations between the police and the public, discretion, and police role in a socio-legal context. CRJU 4044 COURTS AND JUDICIAL PROCESS This course examines the basic functions, structure, and organization of the federal and state court systems, with special attention on the criminal court system. This course also focuses on the influence of judicial behavior on the court process by examining judges policy preferences, legal considerations, group processes within courts, and courts political and social environments. CRJU 4939 INTERNSHIP Internships involve a career-related supervised experiential course in a criminal justice agency. Permission to enroll must be preceded by an application for an internship. Approval by the instructor and advisor is required for undergraduate students. CRIMINAL JUSTICE ELECTIVES (This List Is Not Comprehensive As New Courses May Have Been Added) CRJU 3510 DRUGS, ALCOHOL AND CRIME This course looks at the socially constructed nature of drugs and drug policy, and focuses on the variety of ways drugs and crime is connected and the socio-historical context of contemporary U.S. drug policy. The course discusses the relationships between drug and alcohol abuse and criminal offending, including the historical and contemporary criminal justice system responses to illegal substances. CRJU 3410 PROBATION AND PAROLE This course is appropriate for students who have a specific interest in the role of probation and parole as correctional sanctions in community settings. Particular attention is paid to evaluation research evidence on the success of probation and parole, factors that contribute to the successful completion of probation and parole, and the role that the community and citizens play in the community corrections process. CRJU 3320 POLICE-COMMUNITY RELATIONS This course focuses on the police and community response to crime. Course content includes an overview of the major concepts and issues involved in what many consider to be a major fundamental shift in the approach and operations of modern policing. The origins, meaning, development, and experiences of community policing and various assessments of the advantages and disadvantages of community policing are emphasized.
3 CRJU 3520 JUVENILE JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION This course examines the development, change, and operation of the American juvenile justice system and the social factors that shape the identification and treatment of juvenile offenders. Special emphasis is placed on the nature of juvenile law and methods of dealing with youthful offenders. CRJU 3160 WHITE-COLLAR CRIME This course introduces students to a variety of topics and issues in white-collar crime including types, causes, and the measurement of white-collar crime. The class examines the debate surrounding the definition of white-collar crime, provides an overview the costs of white-collar and corporate crime to society, considers competing theories that explain white-collar criminality, and explores the use of criminal sanctions to deter misconduct involving corporations and elite offenders. CRJU 3220 COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS This course focuses on innovative community-based strategies for dealing with criminal offenders. Correctional alternatives to imprisonment discussed in this course include probation and parole and various community programs such as day reporting centers, electronic monitoring, half-way houses, and boot camp programs. CRJU 3252 VIOLENT OFFENDERS This course consists of a historical overview of violence in American society. Course content includes an examination of violent crime rates over time, societal explanations for changes in rates, and an examination of the theoretical causes and preventive strategies for acts of violence. CRJU 3310 POLICE IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY This course examines law enforcement s role in contemporary society and the impact of police interaction on other segments of the criminal justice system. Special attention is paid to controversies related to police training and education, career development, and community relations. CRJU 3420 PLEAS, TRIALS AND SENTENCES This course focuses on analysis of case materials involving pleas, trials, and sentences. Course content includes an examination of the basic dimensions of criminality, the specific elements of major crimes, the use of confessions, fair trial procedures, and the nature of criminal sanctions including cruel and unusual punishments.
4 CRJU 3540 CRIME AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION This course provides students with an overview of issues related to crime and delinquency prevention, both from criminological and criminal justice points of view. Crime prevention programs that encompass both the individual and community levels are examined. Responses to juvenile offenders-ranging from prevention and diversion to institutional corrections and aftercare-are explored in the context of youth policy generally. CRJU 4120 RACE, CLASS AND CRIME (PREREQUISITE CRJU 2041) This course examines the relationships between race, social class, and crime. Attention is given to theoretical explanations, empirical research, and patterns of criminal behavior and focuses on historical frameworks that are relevant to current perspectives on the impact and interactions of race, class, and crime in the field. CRJU 4130 POVERTY AND CRIME This course involves an economic analysis of crime and the criminal justice system. Topics include empirical and theoretical analysis of the economic causes of criminal behavior, the social costs of crime and its prevention, and the design of crime enforcement policies. CRJU 4140 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CRIME This course examines the criminal justice system s response to intimate partner violence by focusing on the interactions between victims, offenders, and the individual components of the criminal justice system (law enforcement and the judiciary). By exploring the dynamics of intimate partner violence this course addresses the theory, history, research, legislation, and policy implications related to the criminal justice system s response to violence against women. CRJU 4170 VICTIM STUDIES This course involves the scientific study of crime victims and focuses on the physical, emotional, and financial harm people suffer at the hands of criminals. Focus is placed on victim-offender relationships, interactions between victims and the criminal justice system, and connections between victims and other social groups and institutions. The theory, history, research, legislation, and policy implications related to the social construction of the victim are explored. CRJU 4180 COMPARATIVE STUDY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS This course analyzes the dynamics of criminality and the social response to criminality across countries. Special emphasis is placed on the methods of comparative legal analysis utilized to examine international differences in crime and justice, international cooperation in criminal justice, and crime and development.
5 CRJU 4230 CORRECTIONS AND TREATMENT This course examines the origins and historical development of prisons and jails in America. Particular attention is given to the impact of reform movements, the rise of centralized correctional systems, and regional variations in the practice of punishment. CRJU 4410 CRIMINAL LAW AND CONSTITUTIONAL PROCEDURE This course focuses on substantive criminal law and constitutional rights of the accused in criminal proceedings. Course content includes legal aspects of the investigation and arrest processes as well as the rules governing the admissibility of evidence in court. CRJU 4430 LAW AND SOCIETY This course introduces students to the scholarly study of law. Students will have an opportunity to become familiar with social science perspectives of the law, legal institutions, the legal process, and the impact of law on behavior, with particular emphasis on the study of criminal behavior and the criminal justice process in American society. Additional topics include theories of law and legality, comparative legal systems, lawyers, judges and juries, and the use of social science in the courts. CRJU 4440 COURTS AND SOCIAL POLICY This course involves the study of emerging trends and issues in the administration of the courts, the emerging role of the judiciary in the administration of programs in the public and private sectors, and the implications of court administration on social policy. Course content includes the history of judicial approaches to the criminal justice administrative process and substantive social policy. CRJU 4520 GANGS AND CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS This course traces the origins and historical development of the activities known as "organized crime." These crimes are some of the most dangerous to American society and range from the commonly known offenses of gambling and narcotics to the more subtle and sophisticated, less understood but equally serious, crimes of extortion, commercial bribery and political corruption. CRJU 4530 FAMILIES AND INTERGENERATIONAL CRIME This course focuses on the family as the primary institutional mechanism of social control. The course is structured around social learning theory and explores the relationships between exposure to childhood violence and violence in dating relationships during adolescence and later violent marital relationships. The cycle of violence is also discussed in terms of the impact of early childhood violence on juvenile delinquency, adult criminality, and violent behavior in general.
6 CRJU 4600 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CJ (PREREQUISITES CRJU1001/CRJU2041) This highly specialized seminar addresses cutting-edge and emerging developments in the field of criminal justice and provides students and faculty with the opportunity to explore significant themes, issues, and problems from a broad interdisciplinary perspective. Topics vary from semester to semester. CRJU 4800 INDEPENDENT STUDY This course consists of faculty-guided research in an area of mutual interest to the student and instructor. Students are responsible for selecting their area of inquiry prior to contacting the instructor. Instructor approval is required.
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