Introduction to the administration of criminal justice in a democratic society, with emphasis on the theoretical and historical development of law enforcement. The principles of organization and administration for law enforcement; functions and specific activities; planning and research; public relations; personnel and training; inspection and control; direction; policy formulation.
Criminal behavior and the methods of its study; causation; typologies of criminal acts and offenders; punishment, correction and incapacitation; prevention of crime.
Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, graphical techniques, and the computer analysis of criminology and criminal justice data. Basic procedures of hypothesis testing, correlation and regression analysis, and the analysis of continuous and binary dependent variables. Emphasis upon the examination of research problems and issues in criminology and criminal justice.
Conflict is unfortunately resolved through violence in a number of settings. It ranges from interpersonal to international in its scope. This course investigates the strengths and weakness of a number of resolutions to reducing violence over the course of history using both state centered and informal control.
Law as one of the methods of social control. Criminal law: its nature, sources and types; theories and historical developments. Behavioral and legal aspects of criminal acts. Classification and analysis of selected criminal offenses.
Introduction to the formulation of research questions covering crime and justice, research designs, data collection, and interpretation and reporting in criminological and justice-system settings.
Provides an overview of the three major components of the American criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections. Each component will be explored in its development over time as well as various issues surrounding each component. This course will also cover important issues that are relevant to current debates including race, reentry, technology and crime, juvenile justice, and future directions for criminal justice.
The trafficking of human beings in its historical, legal, economic, political and social contexts. Scope of the global problem, different forms of human trafficking, and regional trends and practices. Roles of government, the international community and individual actors. Strategies to combat trafficking.
Topics may include career criminals, prison overcrowding, prediction, ecological studies of crimes, family and delinquency, entrepreneurship in criminal justice and criminology, and similar criminological problems.
This course is designed to assist criminology and criminal justice students explore career opportunities. Topics will include: graduate school, law school, career opportunities in federal, state, local, and public agencies, resume writing, and internships.
Critical issues relating to policing. Topics include police discretion, role of police, use of force, misconduct, police research, administration, personnel, and etc.
Examination of the American correctional system. Identification of historical and contemporary themes, issues, and trends. Evaluation of correctional policies, practices and research.
Contemporary issues in the American court system such as prosecution, sentencing and punishment. Theoretical perspectives on courtroom decision-making integrated with empirical research. Courts and sentencing processes, including initial charging, pretrial detention and final sentencing outcomes. Innovations in courts and sentencing
An analysis of the role of criminal justice in the control of drug use and abuse
Overview of the history and theory of victimology. Analysis of victimization patterns with special emphasis on types of victims and crimes. The interaction between victims of crime and the criminal justice system with respect to the role of the victim and the services offered to the victim.
This course offers an extended look at women's experiences with crime and punishment in the contemporary United States.
This course is designed to introduce students to very recent, complex issues in criminal law.
This course will explore the use of data science in the criminal justice system through the lens of risk assessment instruments (or risk assessment algorithms).
This course will analyze the role of criminology and criminal justice in the understanding and control of cannabis use and abuse.
Examination of juvenile delinquency in the United States. Nature and extent of juvenile delinquency, historical approaches, sociological and criminological theories and research, social contexts including the institutions of families, schools, and peers, and social responses. Prevention, punishment, and treatment programs, both within and outside of the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems.
Methods and programs in prevention of crime and delinquency.
Examination of the main theoretical accounts that explain the underlying causes of criminal behaviors. Explore how individual choices, socialization experiences, biological factors, and social structure affect criminal behaviors.
Biological, environmental, and personality factors which influence criminal behaviors. Biophysiology and crime, stress and crime, maladjustment patterns, psychoses, personality disorders, aggression and violent crime, sex-motivated crime and sexual deviations, alcohol and drug abuse, and criminal behavior.
An introduction to the methods used in the seizure and forensic analysis of computers, cell phones, and other digital evidence.
This course provides knowledge about the nature, causes, and societal responses to child abuse.
This course will explore the psychological and social factors that make us susceptible to propaganda, disinformation, fake news and conspiracy theories.
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the use of force by both public safety organizations and private individuals.
This course will focus on the philosophical, political, practical, Constitutional, and case law issues surrounding the sentencing of criminal defendants in the American criminal justice system.