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.
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
A thorough and critical examination of family violence. Topics include the historical background to family violence, methods of studying this serious issue, elder abuse, child abuse, the cultural factors involved in intimate partner violence, violence in same-sex relationships, and the criminal justice response to family violence. Although the course focuses on the American family, illustrations from other cultures are provided.
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.
Role and treatment of racial/ethnic minorities in the criminal justice system. Course will provide students with historical and theoretical framework for understanding this dynamic.
This course examines offender reentry in the 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 uses television shows to explore criminological perspectives on law, crime, and justice.
This course is an introduction to the U.S. immigration laws as applied to personal, corporate, and public policy judgements.
This course will analyze the role of criminology and criminal justice in the understanding and control of cannabis use and abuse.
Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice; Crime and Place
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.
This course is designed to address the historical understanding of issues that both positively and negatively affect the pre-employment process for public safety agencies.
The course will address risk factors (social, emotional, academic, economic, gender, age family formation) that increase a youth's likelihood to enter the juvenile justice system and child welfare systems; why youth cross over between those systems; and what practices are being implemented to prevent or contribute to youth crossover between systems.
This course is designed to assist Criminology and Criminal Justice students in exploring and preparing for entering graduate school and/or the professional work world.
This course is designed to provide an advanced analysis of the way that gender interacts with crime and the criminal justice system. This class will explicitly review women as victims of crime, women as perpetrators of crime, and women as professionals in the criminal justice system.
This course is devoted to exploring the basic evidentiary rules that govern the use of evidence, its admissibility, and the manner in which criminal trials are conducted.