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Crime and Justice Studies Course Descriptions

CJS 1301 (CRIJ 1301) Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 semester hours) An overview and analysis of the major agencies, personnel, and decision-making points which comprise the criminal justice system. Includes problems and issues confronting legislatures, police, courts, corrections, and the community, as they respond to crime in a free society. Legal precedents guiding the decisions of criminal justice agents are also discussed. (3-0) S
CJS 1307 (CRIJ 1307) Introduction to Crime and Criminology (3 semester hours) Survey of the nature, location, and impact of crime in America. Includes historical foundations of crime, theoretical explanations of criminality and delinquency, the recording and measurement of crime, descriptions of criminal careers, and an analysis of public policies concerning crime control. (3-0) S
CJS 3300 Crime and Civil Liberties (3 semester hours) Examines the various components/agencies of the criminal justice "system." The functions of the police, courts, prosecution, and corrections are analyzed within a context in which constitutional rights and civil liberties affect the functioning of the criminal justice system. Major emphasis is placed on the extent to which civil liberties and procedural rights constrain or limit the system’s effectiveness in delivering crime control, while at the same time ensuring "justice." (3-0) T
CJS 3301 Theories of Justice (3 semester hours) Survey of the basic theoretical rationales and perspectives concerning the concept of “justice” with selected readings from classical and contemporary theorists. (3-0) R
CJS 3302 Advanced Criminology (3 semester hours) This course provides students with an in-depth study of crime, criminals, and the reaction of the criminal justice system to both. It explores the interrelationships among law, policy, and societal conditions. The major focus of the course is theoretical explanations for crime and criminality. (Same as SOC 3360) (3-0) Y
CJS 3303 Advanced Criminal Justice (3 semester hours) Analyzes the major agencies, personnel, and decision-making points which comprise the criminal justice system. Includes discussion of the problems and current issues confronting legislatures, police, courts, corrections, and the community, as they respond to crime. (Same as ISSS 3351) (3-0) Y
CJS 3304 Research Methods in Crime and Justice Studies (3 semester hours) Examines methods of crime and justice research. Topics include the nature of scientific inquiry, framing a research problem, choosing a research design, developing hypotheses, sampling designs, and measuring variables. Topics will be covered as students conduct their own study. Should be taken before SOCS 3305 or STAT 1342. (3-0) Y
CJS 3305 Social Control and Criminal Sanctions (3 semester hours) Examines various means by which society attempts to control the deviant and criminal conduct of its members. Social control encompasses both formal criminal sanctions and informal mechanisms and a variety of institutions and social processes that are designed to deter inappropriate conduct if possible and/or punish and reform such conduct when it does occur. Moreover, social control has evolved considerably over time and various social control philosophies and techniques have been prevalent in one time frame but not in others. (Same as SOC 3332) (3-0) T
CJS 3306 Criminal Law (3 semester hours) Examines the statutory basis of crime and the legal requirements surrounding “mens rea” and legally permissible defenses permitted under criminal due process. Emphasis is placed on both criminal statutes and case law. (3-0) T
CJS 3307 Immigration and Crime (3 semester hours) The course examines federal immigration law and the issue of illegal aliens and crime. The course emphasizes the practices and policies of federal law enforcements efforts to control illegal aliens, including the relationship between illegal aliens and counterterrorism. (3-0) R
CJS 3308 Juvenile Law (3 semester hours) Examines the statutory bases which distinguish delinquency from adult crime and the juvenile justice system from the criminal justice systems. Emphasis is placed on the rationale for treating juveniles accused of crime differently than their adult counterparts. (3-0) R
CJS 3310 Youth Crime and Justice (3 semester hours) Examines the concept of juvenile delinquency as a distinct type of criminal activity from that committed by adults and assesses the distinct juvenile justice system that has evolved to handle children. Topics will the historical roots of delinquency and the juvenile justice system, delinquency measurement, explanations of delinquency, and the socio demographic correlates of delinquency status. (Same as SOC 3362) (3-0) R
CJS 3312 Drugs and Crime (3 semester hours) Provides students with a survey of legislation that has been attempted to combat the use of drugs, the relationship between drug use/abuse and crime, and the public policy problem surrounding the control of drugs. Topics include a historical analysis of the laws passed to control drugs, the relationship between drugs and crime, and a policy analysis of the alternative means available to deal with the drugs crime problem. (3-0) R
CJS 3313 Police and Society (3 semester hours) Examines the central issues of enforcing law and promoting public safety in society with emphasis placed on both internal organizational issues of police administration and external enforcement operations. (Same as SOC 4362) (3-0) R
CJS 3315 Race, Ethnicity, and Justice (3 semester hours) Examines hoe race and ethnicity pose differential risks for criminal behavior in conjunction with differential justice system responses to crime and criminals in minority communities. Prerequisite: CJS 3302 or CJS 3303. (3-0) R
CJS 3316 Corrections (3 semester hours) The policies, practices, and problems of the correctional system are traced historically with an emphasis on contemporary problems surrounding the incarceration of criminal populations in jails and prisons, and the expansion of community-based corrections. (3-0) R
CJS 3317 Criminal Prosecution and Court Process (3 semester hours) Examines the decision making, politics, and processes of bringing criminal defendants to trial and the constitutional system of criminal due process under which criminal law is practiced. (3-0) R
CJS 3319 Comparative Justice Systems (3 semester hours) Survey of the differing policies, practices, and procedures of crime and justice cross nationally. Special emphasis will be devoted to U.S. / Mexico comparisons, while additional emphasis will be placed on such comparisons as U.S. / Canada and U.S. / England. (3-0) R
CJS 3320 Homicide and Capital Punishment (3 semester hours) Examines the policy and legal controversies surrounding the application of capital punishment (i.e., the death penalty) as a punishment for homicide. Topics include: capital punishment through history, U.S. Supreme Court decisions and contemporary problems with the application of the death penalty. The course will also analyze the nature, extent, and distribution of criminal homicide. (3-0). T
CJS 3322 Crime Prevention (3 semester hours) Examines the situational, social, and legislative approaches to the prevention of crime and delinquency. The emphasis is on the theories of victimization and the extent to which victim demographics play a role in crime, and the implementation and consequences of various crime prevention policies and approaches and their differential effects on victims throughout various sectors of society. (3-0) R
CJS 3324 Gender, Crime, and Justice (3 semester hours) Analysis of the role of gender in crime and in the justice system. The emphasis is on gender differences in the commission of crime and the types of crimes committed, criminal justice processing, and the employment of women in the criminal justice professions. (3-0) T
CJS 3325 Victimology (3 semester hours) Analyzes the major perspectives on victimization. The emphasis is on patterns of victimization, the role of victims in the generation of crime, and the experience of victims in the criminal justice system. Special attention will be devoted to: sources of data – particularly the National Crime Victimization Survey, trends, variations by demography and offense type and ways in which those variations may affect how criminal justice officials respond to particular types of offenses. (3-0) R
CJS 4311 Crime and Justice Policy (3 semester hours) in-depth analysis of crime and the efforts to control crime through public policy. Although crime is most often committed by private persons against individual victims, crime is a public problem and society’s reaction to crime and criminals is one of the most controversial areas of public policy. Crime control, deterrence and incapacitation, gun control, law enforcement, and court processes are just a few of the areas in which public opinion and policy are in current controversy and debate. (Same as SOC 3361) Prerequisites: CJS 1301 or CJS 1307 and CJS 3302 or CJS 3303. (3-0) R
CJS 4314 Current Issues in Policing (3 semester hours) Examines issues related to the accountability of the police to the electorate through the political process. Focuses on the governmental setting for police work, police policies and practices, and current political issues in municipal, state, and federal police agencies. Prerequisites: CJS 1301 or CJS 3303 and CJS 3313. (Same as SOC 4365) (3-0) R
CJS 4316 Current Issues in Corrections (3 semester hours) The course examines selected contemporary issues and topics in the correctional system. Significant emphasis is placed on the extent to which theory and research contribute to understanding current correctional system policies, practices, and problems. Prerequisites: CJS 3303 and CJS 3316. (3-0)
CJS 4321 Analyzing Crime (3 semester hours) Course exposes students to the techniques of analyzing crime data and public opinion about crime issues. Class sessions will be devoted to familiarizing students with the methods of criminological research by developing hypotheses about crime and, through a variety of statistical analysis techniques, will analyze data sets to test the hypotheses. The course will make use of a software-based workbook that includes all the data files and statistical analysis routines that will be utilized. Prerequisites: CJS 3302, CJS 3304, and SOCS 3305. (3-0). T
CJS 4323 Communities and Crime (3 semester hours) Analyzes the sources, consequences, and control of crime within communities. The emphasis is on social and ecological theories of crime, and on population instability, family structure, and the concentration of poverty as causes of crime. Community crime prevention efforts are also discussed. (3-0) T
CJS 4330 Qualitative Criminology (3 semester hours) Examines the qualitative research strategies, methodological and philosophical issues, and legal and ethical issues of qualitative research. Topics include phenomenology, ethnography (participant observation and field research), case study, in-depth interviewing, ethnomethodology, conversation analysis and historical methods. Prerequisites: CJS 3302 and CJS 3304. (3-0) R
CJS 4331 GIS Applications in Criminology (3 semester hours) Examines spatial distributions of crime, criminals, and criminal justice. Students prepare maps and learn techniques for spatial analysis of point patterns and area-based data. They apply software programs such as Arcview, SpaceStat, and CrimeStat, to analyze the locations of crime events and rates, offenders, police patrolling practices, judicial districts and community corrections and how these relate to physical and social characteristics of neighborhoods. Prerequisites: CJS 3302, CJS 3304, and SOCS 3305. (3-0)
CJS 4396 Selected Topics in Crime and Justice Studies (3 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. Examples include: ”Media and Crime”, Gangs”,” “White Collar Crime,” and “Gun Control.” May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). (3-0) R
CJS 4V97 Independent Study in Crime and Justice Studies (1-6 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member’s direction. May be repeated for credit (6 hours maximum). Consent of instructor required. ([1 6] 0) S
CJS 4V98 Internship in Crime and Justice Studies (1-6 semester hours) May be repeated for credit (6 hours maximum). Consent of instructor required. ([1 6] 0) S
CJS 4V99 Senior Honors in Crime and Justice Studies (1-6 semester hours) For students conducting independent research for honors theses or projects. May be repeated for credit, but no more than 6 hours may be taken by a student under this number. ([1 6] 0) S

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