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Criminal Justice Studies

An overview of the criminal justice system as it currently operates in its three major components: police, courts, and corrections. A broad-based interdisciplinary perspective is employed to introduce students to the process of criminal justice in the United States. Fall, Spring.

An overview of the correctional process with an emphasis on the social, political, and economic influences upon this process. Topics to be examined include the impact of race, class, and gender on the correctional system; the uses and effectiveness of institutional placements; and intermediate sanctions and community-based programming. Fall.

An overview of the field of criminology. The areas considered range from the definitions, origins, and extent of crime and law, to causal theories of criminal behavior, to types of crimes and victims. Particularly stressed is an analysis of the relationship between law and society and social structure to crime. Prerequisite: CJS 101 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Selected topics in Criminal Justice Studies. May be repeated as topics change; however, only a maximum of 4 credits can be used to satisfy the depth requirements of the CJS minor. Prerequisites: Prerequisites vary as topics change. See course listings for details. Occasionally.

Introduces students to the evolution and state of police work as practiced in the U.S. It will include an examination and discussion of the role of the police in a changing society; police socialization, behavior and discretion; institutional organization, routine and specialized operations. Prerequisite: CJS 240. Fall/Spring.

This course focuses on the various types of violence in our society including family violence, sexual violence, workplace violence, and so called "random actor" violence. Through readings and discussion, participants will examine the causes, key identifiers, consequences, and costs of violence. Prerequisite: CJS 240. Fall.

This course is a study of the fundamentals of criminal law and criminal procedure. The principles that regulate the balance between the power of our government and the rights of individual citizens will be discussed. Prerequisite: CJS 240. Fall, Spring.

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the discipline of forensic anthropology. It will cover the basic information and methods necessary to recognize, collect, identify, and process skeletonized human remains. Crosslisted with ANTH 332. Prerequisite: ISANTH 111 or CJS 240. Spring.

Examines the myriad ways law and policy affects our lives, from hiring practices to the creation and dissolution of family, from crime to sports and education through the lenses of legal theories that promise the most fair creation and application of law. This course is crosslisted with WGS 340. Prerequisite: CJS 240. Spring.

This course examines the intersection of criminological theory, public policies on crime, and political ideology. A number of important crime control policies are analyzed. Students will examine the political philosophy and theoretical ideas which underlie these policies, the research evidence on their effectiveness, and their political implications. Prerequisite: CJS 240 or permission of the instructor. Fall, Spring.

This course examines the processes involved in labeling behaviors and people as "deviant" within society. We will explore theories of why individuals engage in deviance as well as those discussing societal reactions to deviance. We will also explore popular forms of deviance in American culture through a theoretical lens. Cross listed with SOC 352. Prerequisites: CJS 240 or SOC 201 or permission of instructor. Fall.

This seminar focuses on the study of cultural influences defining the juvenile justice system. The structure of the juvenile court, choices for intervention, methods for measuring juvenile crime, and comparisons between juvenile and the adult justice systems are discussed. Prerequisite: CJS 240 or permission of instructor. Spring.

Studies in Criminal Justice. See course listings for details. Prerequisite: CJS 240. Occasionally.

This seminar focuses on occupational, corporate, and government crime viewed using a sociological lens. This course will explore the causes, consequences, and criminal justice system response to white-collar crime. Prerequisite: CJS 342 or SOC 305 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

This seminar examines the justice system with reference to substantive and procedural laws, criminal and civil laws, and regulatory laws. We will also discuss the interrelationship among law and other social institutions and practices, including culture, politics, social inequality, and public policy issues concerning law enforcement and justice. Prerequisite: CJS 342 or SOC 305 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

Human behavior is shaped and limited by the laws that human society develops. An understanding of the effects of individual behavior on the legal system and the consequence of the existence of a legal system for individual behavior is central to the understanding of human behavior. This course is crosslisted with PSYC 467. Prerequisite: CJS 342 or PSYC 221 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

This seminar discusses sociological perspectives on crime control and punishment. We will look at the historical development of the institutions and practices of punishment, as well as contemporary reforms and changes in the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: CJS 342 or SOC 305 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

Specifically concerns women and crime, a subfield within criminology. In addition to evaluating traditionally androcentric approaches to explaining criminality, we will also explore other intersections of women with criminal justice, including women as offenders, victims, and workers in criminal justice fields. Prerequisites: CJS 342 or SOC 305 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

This course examines the relationship between crime, race, and the media, with a focus on media representations of race in the criminal justice system. We will explore current issues, highly publicized cases, and depictions of victims, offenders, and police as they are presented in film, television, news media, and print. Prerequisites: CJS 342 or SOC 305 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

Advanced studies in criminal justice. See course listings for details. Prerequisite: CJS 342 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

Introductory work-learning experience related to career interests. Students must apply to the CJS program before placement can occur; see your advisor for details. This experience is supervised, approved, and evaluated by full-time faculty. Elective CJS credit only (normally 120 hours for 4 credits) to maximum of 4 credits per degree program. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and junior/senior status. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall/Spring.