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CRJU Course Descriptions

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  • CRJU 200 Criminal Justice (3)

    Examines the fundamental concepts of the criminal justice field; the history, philosophy, social development and operations of police, courts and corrections in a democratic society; and criminal justice careers. [SOSC/QQT]

  • CRJU 220 Police and Society (3)

    An overview designed to examine law enforcement service delivery at the local, state and federal levels of government. Special emphasis is placed on the historical development of the law enforcement role in contemporary society and how it shapes the type of law enforcement service that can be expected in the future.
  • CRJU 301 The Contemporary Criminal Justice System (3)

    A critical analysis of the contemporary criminal justice system. Political, economic and societal contexts provide the framework for an examination of issues, current problems and challenges facing the criminal justice system. prerequisite: CRJU 200 or equivalent
  • CRJU 302 Criminal Justice Research Methods (3)

    A survey of the research methods and techniques utilized within the field of criminal justice and criminology. Topics discussed include research designs, sampling, data collection, quantitative versus qualitative methods and applications to criminal justice planning and administration. prerequisite: CRJU 200 or equivalent
  • CRJU 304 Criminal Justice Professional Studies (3)

    Assists students with criminal justice database technologies and with writing and research skills specific to the field of criminal justice. The course contains units on conducting secondary research, learning to write for the academic setting (e.g., literature reviews, empirical studies) versus the applied setting (e.g., case summaries, incident reports) and preparing for a career in criminal justice. prerequisite: passing of Upper Division Writing Placement Test prior to enrolling in CRJU 304 and course must be taken within the first 18 credits of the major; students who earn a B+ or better in WRIT 300 are exempt from taking CRJU 304 and will instead be required to take an additional 3-credit elective.
  • CRJU 306 Criminological Perspectives (3)

    The major paradigms, models and theories that form the foundation of criminal justice and criminology are examined. Using current texts, journals and reports, the course examines the range of explanations of criminal behavior, focusing on attempts to integrate perspectives and theories. ­prerequisite: CRJU 200 or equivalent
  • CRJU 320 Police Administration (3)

    Study of line and staff functions in police organizations. Examination of organization principles, management functions and organizational behavior as they relate to police agencies. Emphasis on the behavioral science approach to supervising and managing police personnel. prerequisite: CRJU 200 or equivalent
  • CRJU 330 Criminal Law (3)

    An examination of the general and specific parts of the substantive criminal law in the United States, its development within historical and societal contexts, and its representation in statutory and case law. Consideration is given to problems of application and interpretation of the written law. prerequisite: CRJU 200 or equivalent
  • CRJU 334 Criminal Procedure (3)

    Presents the principles and applications of procedural criminal law in the United States. Such procedural laws are supplemented by rules of evidence and decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court on key constitutional questions. prerequisite: CRJU 200 or equivalent
  • CRJU 341 Correctional Perspectives (3)

    Introduces students to the history, role, functions, problems and contemporary practices of correctional facilities, including prisons, jails and community corrections (e.g., probation and parole) and the role and difficulties of inmates and correctional officers. prerequisite: CRJU 200 or equivalent
  • CRJU 390 Victimology (3)

    An introduction to the study of crime victims. Examines the victim’s role in crime, the criminal justice system’s handling of victims and victim services. prerequisite: CRJU 200 or equivalent
  • CRJU 392 The Trauma of Victimization (3)

    Provides the foundation for understanding the trauma of victimization; examines the impact of trauma and describes the short and long term effects of trauma; and explains how past trauma can lead to ongoing problem behaviors. Develops skills and increases awareness of the necessary core competencies in trauma-informed services and administration.
  • CRJU 394 Multi-disciplinary Perspectives on Interpersonal Violence (3)

    Examines the complicated nature and dynamics of interpersonal violence. Presents a general overview of interpersonal violence, such as definitions, characteristics, and theoretical models; and various sources of data on interpersonal violence and measurement issues. Provides the historical development and evolution of the multidisciplinary response to interpersonal violence including law enforcement response, specialized courts, and treatment programs; civil actions; and the role of community and human service agencies. Current issues and innovations related to interpersonal violence are integrates throughout the course.
  • CRJU 396 Contemporary Issues for Victims of Crime (3)

    Analysis of crime and social reaction from the point of view of those who are offended, the crime victims. The course focuses on the relatively recent emphasis on how crime creates problems for those victimized by criminals and analysis of whole populations victimized by persons known to them. Analysis of contemporary issues relating to crime victimization as they have evolved based on legal, political, and social changes.
  • CRJU 398 Best Practices for Victim Services (3)

    Introduces the emerging field of victim services in context with the underlying legal structure of victims' rights. The system of victim services both within the criminal justice system and through other allied professions are examined. Best practices in victim assistance programs -from law enforcement through the courts and corrections systems to financial remedies, community-based advocacy, and treatment and support services -are also reviews.
  • CRJU 400 A Dialogue with a Victim (3)

    Provides a critical and in-depth review of some of the communication barriers criminal justice personnel will encounter when interacting with victims and witnesses in the course of an investigation. Particular attention is spent critically examining the competing narratives (e.g., individual, professional, personal, cultural) that are often present when interviewing a victim/witness, and how those narratives can impede the flow of communication and the investigative process. Strategies to reduce these obstacles are explored.

  • CRJU 404 Comparative Criminal Justice (3)

    Examines comparative criminal justice: how different societies around the world practice criminal justice relative to practices in the United States. Multidisciplinary ­approach considers the economic, governmental, geographic and social situations in the selected countries. prerequisite: CRJU 301
  • CRJU 406 Political Terrorism (3)

    An overview of the definitional and conceptual issues, types, history, causes and effects of oppositional political terrorism. The events of Sept. 11, including its major actors such as Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda and the Taliban, are explored, including the reaction to this event by the United States and its allies over the past decade and the changes that have occurred since the terrorist attacks. prerequisite: CJRU 301
  • CRJU 408 Crime and Delinquency Prevention (3)

    A review of major crime and delinquency prevention strategies, including punitive, mechanical and corrective prevention policies and programs. Selected prevention programs and policies are highlighted for in-depth evaluation. prerequisite: CRJU 301
  • CRJU 420 Special Problems in Policing (3)

    Issues and problems in policing a free society. The role and function of the police, the effects of contemporary police practices and the exercise and control of police power. Examination of current problems and proposals for reform. prerequisite: CRJU 301
  • CRJU 430 Juvenile Justice (3)

    An examination of youthful law violation and the ­juvenile justice system. The history, law, operations and agencies of juvenile justice are analyzed, as are alternative approaches to defining, preventing and responding to youthful law violation. prerequisite: CRJU 301
  • CRJU 432 Criminal Courts (3)

    An exploration of the multidisciplinary literature on the criminal courts in the United States, focusing on the social, political and organizational contexts of the court, the court’s case flow and the various actors in the court’s process. Contemporary issues are highlighted. prerequisite: CRJU 301
  • CRJU 441 Special Problems in Corrections (3)

    In-depth analysis of the issues, problems and suggested reforms facing the contemporary role and practices of correctional facilities, including prisons, jails and community corrections (e.g., probation and parole), and the role, functions and difficulties of inmates and correctional officers. prerequisite: CRJU 301 or CRJU 341
  • CRJU 442 Community Corrections (3)

    An examination of practices and problems of community corrections, including but not limited to probation, parole, halfway houses and fines. prerequisite: CRJU 301 or CRJU 341
  • CRJU 445 The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program (3)

    Inside-Out brings "outside" students—college undergraduates and graduates, particularly those pursuing careers in criminal justice and related fields—together with "inside" students—incarcerated men and women—to study as peers behind prison walls. The semester-long course provides a transformative experience that allows the outside students to contextualize and rethink what they have learned in the classroom, gaining insights that will help them pursue the work of creating an effective, humane, restorative criminal justice system.
  • CRJU 451 Minorities, Crime and Justice (3)

    An analysis of race, ethnicity and gender issues and how they impact the criminal justice system. An examination of how race, ethnicity and gender issues revolve around questions associated with evidence of disparity, disproportionality and discrimination within the criminal justice ­system. prerequisite: CRJU 301
  • CRJU 454 Criminal Behavior (3)

    An ­examination of selected types of crime or criminal behavior patterns, such as white-collar crime, violent crime, organized crime, drugs and crime, or age and crime. The topic studied appears in the class schedule. Course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. prerequisite: CRJU 301
  • CRJU 456 Drugs and Crime (3)

    An examination of various topics and issues relating to drugs and crime in the United States. Explores social, legal, medical and political factors, as well as changes in attitudes that contribute to drug use and policy. Prominent drug-crime issues and projections for the future are included. prerequisite: CRJU 301
  • CRJU 464 Criminal Justice Issues (3)

    An examination of a selected topic or issue, such as women and criminal justice, private security, criminal justice legislation or ethical issues. The topic studied appears in the schedule of classes. Course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. prerequisite: CRJU 301
  • CRJU 485 Advanced Criminal Justice Studies (3)

    The senior-level capstone experience. The focus is multidisciplinary, and the emphasis is on the integration and application of theory, research methods and statistics. The problems of data gathering and reporting and relationships of theory, research and practice in the field are addressed. prerequisites: CRJU 301, CRJU 302, CRJU 304, CRJU 306 and MATH 115
  • CRJU 490 Criminal Justice Internship (3)

    A practicum designed to broaden the educational experience of students through appropriate observational and work assignments with criminal justice agencies. Correlation of theoretical knowledge with practice is emphasized. Course is eligible for a continuing studies grade. prerequisites: CRJU 301, senior status and consent of the instructor
  • CRJU 493 Honors Seminar (3)

    An advanced interdisciplinary seminar that focuses on important books and issues and encourages independent thinking, clear presentation and an understanding of the concerns and methods of various disciplines. The course may be team taught; topic and instructor(s) may change from semester to semester. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes. prerequisites: 3.3 GPA and permission of the Denit Honors Program director
  • CRJU 494 Honors Project (3-6)

    Directed individual instruction in an advanced project of the student’s choice; the project must be academically related to this discipline. Each student works closely with a faculty director who guides his/her progress. The project must be of honors quality and must be finally approved by both the faculty director and a second faculty member. Course is eligible for a continuing studies grade. prerequisites: 3.3 GPA and permission of both the Denit Honors Program director and the faculty ­director
  • CRJU 498 Directed Independent Study (1-3)

    Designed to provide credit for a student who wants to pursue independent work under the supervision of a faculty member. prerequisite: consent of the instructor