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Criminal Justice (CJUS)


106 Human Behavior and its Control (3) Responses to harmful behavior; an examination of criminal, juvenile, military, and civil justice as well as informal control systems; an inquiry into the use of coercion to promote conformity or lessen harmful behavior; special attention given to decisions, processes and institutions which respond to acts of criminality and delinquency. F08, S09, F09, S10


160 Field Experience/Certification Program in Criminal Justice (1-3) An academically grounded, structured professional experience in a justice setting. Students seeking credit should consult with the director of the Criminal Justice program for application guidelines. Written consent of the instructor must be obtained before registering. Since the field experience is an introductory, independent learning experience involving the cooperation and assistance of outside agencies, a student should notify the instructor in writing of an interest in enrolling in the course several months before the semester of the actual field experience. Instructor consent required. Formal arrangements with an agency may be easier to complete with careful, early planning. F08, S09, F09, S10


207 Police in American Communities (3) Broad survey of theoretical and practical problems and issues in the relationship between police agencies and the total community. F08, F09


210 Criminal Procedure and Evidence (3) Study of the criminal justice process. Issues of search, seizure and arrest, pretrial and motions practice, jury trial and evidentiary rules; historical basis and evolution of the various aspects of the criminal justice process. Cross-listed as LSTU 210. S09, S10


211 Criminal Law (3) The legal definition of crime and defenses; purposes and function of the substantive criminal law; historical foundations; the limits of criminal law. Cross-listed as LSTU 211. F08, F09


212 Managing Criminal Investigations (3) Problems of directing and controlling criminal investigation; survey of the fundamentals of investigation, crime scene search and recording, collection and preservation of evidence, scientific investigation, crime analysis, information sources, interview and interrogation, and case monitoring and preparation. F08, F09


227 Interpersonal Skills (3) Introduction to basic interpersonal helping skills within a problem-solving framework. Focus is on interpersonal communication and development of elementary interviewing skills, the conscious use of self, working with uncooperative or resistant subjects and cross-cultural differences in the helping process. Exercises, role playing and simulations are used to enhance learning. Designed to accommodate non-Social Work majors in related disciplines. Cross listed as PSYC/SOW 227. F08, F09


268 Alternative Dispute Resolution (3) Explores the comparisons and contrasts between the adversary system of American law, the settlement/negotiation model and the Alternative Dispute Resolution movement, including institutions, processes, costs, theoretical approaches and justifications, historical development; theories, practice and skill/training development of alternatives to litigation including mediation, arbitration, mini-trials, etc. Cross-listed as LSTU 268/POLS 268. F08, F09


296 Research Design (3) Application of the scientific method in the social sciences with emphasis on basic survey research methods. Completion of MATH 130 or PSYC 301, though not required, is recommended before enrolling in this course. Cross-listed as POLS 296. F08, S09, F09, S10


300 Police Administration (3) Principles of administration and management as applied to police agencies; study of police organizational structure and the responsibilities and inter-relationships of administrative and line-and-staff services; analysis of the nature, purpose and functions of major law enforcement operations including patrol, investigation, traffic, research and juvenile divisions. S09


301 Study Abroad (0-6) Field trips designed by the Politics, Law and Justice faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation, otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements, consult your advisor. May be repeated only if content is different. F08, S09, F09, S10


308 Criminology (3) Multidisciplinary analysis of criminal behavior. Special attention to the definition, nature and scope of crime in the United States and the explanations which evolved to account for this form of deviant behavior. Includes historical analysis of criminological thought and strategies of social control, with special on the law, which underpins current (and past) penal codes and correctional practices. S10


312 Gender, Crime, and Justice (3) Exploration of the social construction of gender in crime and delinquency as well as in justice systems; analysis of how assumptions about female and male natures, appropriate roles and positions in society affect the interpretation and application of law; comparison of women/girls and men/boys as offenders, victims and practitioners. Cross-listed as LSTU/WST 312. Recommended: CJUS 296. F08, F09


315 Courts and American Justice (3) Examination of the middle stages of justice processing from prosecution to sentencing; analysis of the role of local legal cultures, and nontraditional dispositions in justice processing. Recommended: CJUS 296. S09


316 Crime, Corrections and Punishment (3) Survey of philosophical, historical, sociological, psychological and political aspects of the American prison and related programs in the criminal justice system; problems of inmate culture, control, supervision and treatment are emphasized through analysis of penal institutions and treatment/release programs. Cross-listed as LSTU 316. Recommended: CJUS 296. S10


317 Interpersonal, Community and Global Violence (3) Introduction to the causes of interpersonal, community, and global violence. Topics include anger, pain, television, wife abuse, rape, pornography, destructive obedience, drugs, psychopaths, terrorism, rioting, war, and genocide. Strategies to reduce aggression also are studied. Prerequisite: PSYC 101, concurrently, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as PSYC 317. F08, F09


318 Community Corrections (3) Analysis of theories and practice of probation and parole, responses of paroling authorities to public pressures and court controls and their implications for rehabilitative efforts; analysis of feasibility and effectiveness of treatment of individuals under sentence in the community. S10


320 Special Topics (3) Selected topics in the administration of justice. May be repeated when the content of the special topic is substantially different from previous course presentations. See course instructor to review content. Previous topics: Military Justice; Terrorism: Meaning and Justice; Masculinities and Crime; Restorative Justice. S10


321 Judicial Process (3) Operation of the judicial process within the context of the criminal and legal system. Examines judicial process as a mediator of social change, mitigator of social conflict and mechanism of dispute resolution. Also explores how courts and judges interpret, make and enforce the law, the role of various officers of the court (including lawyers), the processes and procedures of litigation, compliance and enforcement challenges and external social and political influences on the courts. Cross-listed as LSTU/POLS 321. F09

350 Introduction to Addiction and Recovery (3) Overview of the dynamics of addiction, examining its impact upon individuals, families, agencies and communities. Includes description of the recovery process and the role of social work, criminal justice and other helping professionals in the treatment of addiction. Opportunity to conduct intensive study of this area. Emphasis on learning to interact effectively with vulnerable and at-risk populations. Cross-listed as SOW 350. F08, F09


431 International Law: Human Rights and War Crime (3)  The development of modern international law; sources and types of law; rights of states, corporations and individuals; the laws of war and peace ”war crimes” and ”crimes against humanity”; and the crime of genocide. The main substance of the course covers human rights and war crimes. Cross-listed as LSTU/POLS 431. F09


451 U.S. Constitutional Law, Part II - Civil Liberties and Criminal Process (3) Study of the constitutional principles concerning the relations between the individual and the government; an inquiry into selected civil rights and civil liberties decisions of the Supreme Court; consideration of the requirements of due process and criminal procedure necessary to safeguard the constitutional rights of criminal suspects and defendants. Cross-listed as LSTU/ POLS 451. S09, S10


463 Juvenile Justice System (3) Examination of the social and psychological dimensions of juvenile delinquency: its nature, extent, distribution and patterns; evaluation of theories and explanations of delinquent causation; consideration of the legal processing of delinquents; programs of prevention and treatment of delinquents. Recommended: CJUS 296. S09, S10

491 Applied Criminal Justice (5-10) Academic and professional development in justice settings as well as course meetings. A field experience in criminal justice that applies scholarly research to understanding justice agencies and organizations. Students discern policies and practices of justice organizations through systematic observations at agency sites as well as frequent, regularly scheduled course meetings with the course instructor. The workings of agencies and agents will be measured through the use of social scientific theory and research. Written consent of the instructor must be obtained before registering. Since a significant part of the course is an independent learning experience involving the cooperation and assistance of outside agencies, a student should notify the instructor in writing of an interest in enrolling in the course early in the semester before the semester of the actual field experience. Instructor consent required. Formal arrangements with an agency may be easier to complete with careful, early planning. Because Applied Criminal Justice is both an independent learning and a capstone experience, the course satisfies the requirement of Category D Corequisites of general education requirements. F08, S09, F09, S10


497 Student-Initiated Seminar (1-3) The program offers a specially designed seminar or student-initiated seminar when there is sufficient interest. For further information, see the Criminal Justice program coordinator. Instructor consent required. F08, S09, F09, S10


499 Individualized Research (1-3) Either supervised research in selected subfields of the discipline resulting in the submission of a formal research paper, or development and execution of a project designed to apply criminal justice or social science concepts and skills to a particular situation, drawing upon the relevant professional literature and resulting in submission of a formal research and experience-evaluation paper. Projects devoted to the demonstration of skills may include, but need not be limited to: direct participation in a criminal justice agency; other activity on behalf of a criminal justice interest group; involvement in a University justice agency; service as an intern with a government agency or a private organization with a justice interest; or an active leadership role in a private or community organization. May be repeated once for a total of six credits. Instructor consent required. Consultation with the instructor must take place within the first two weeks of the semester. General Education requirements:  Because individualized research or applied skills is both an independent learning and a capstone experience, the course satisfies the requirements of Category D Corequisite of general education requirements. F08, S09, F09, S10