Criminal Justice Minor - Undergraduate - 2013 University Catalog

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Coordinator: Venezia Michalsen

This  minor offers students the opportunity to prepare for work in the Criminal Justice field. It is designed to provide students with the concepts and research methods needed for a successful career in criminal justice agencies and for graduate work in criminology and criminal justice. A minor in Criminal Justice is useful preparation for a career in police work, corrections, parole, youth work, counseling, public and social service administration.


CRIMINAL JUSTICE MINOR

Complete 18 semester hours, including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. Complete the following 2 courses:

    JUST 102 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 202 Innovation and Evaluation in Criminal Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. Complete 12 semester hours from the following:.(JUST 398-Selected Topics in Justice Studies may be used with written permission).

    JUST 101 Criminology (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 220 Crime in the Life Course (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 230 Family Violence (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 250 Current Issues in Policing (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 313 Organized Crime (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 314 Environmental Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 316 Victimology (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 317 Race and the U.S. Legal System (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 318 Animals and Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 319 Hate Crimes (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 320 Women and Prison (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 321 White Collar Crime (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 322 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 323 Serial Killers (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 324 Terrorism and Social Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 325 Police and Society (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 326 Death Penalty Perspectives (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 327 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 328 Prisons and Punishment (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 329 Homeland Security (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 340 Wrongful Convictions (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 351 Juries and Justice 3
    JUST 353 Corrections (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 360 Rights, Liberties and American Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 400 Drugs and Society (3 hours lecture) 3
    JUST 402 Sex Crimes (3 hours lecture) 3
    PALG 301 Criminal Law and Procedure (3 hours lecture) 3
    PALG 317 Evidence (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

JUST101: Criminology (3 hours lecture)

Definitions of crime, the major theories of crime, the nature and extent of criminal behavior. Analysis of different types of crime, including juvenile delinquency, corporate crime, crimes against women, and crimes by police. Institutions of social control: police, courts, prisons. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science. 3 sh.

JUST102: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hours lecture)

Do the three main sectors of the criminal justice system - the police, the courts, and corrections - have an impact on crime, achieve justice, and constitute a system? This course will look at the historical development of each of these sectors, their relation to broader social forces, and their internal problems and dilemmas. Topics may include current controversies (police brutality, the death penalty and other sentencing trends, community policing, plea bargaining, parole) as well as the impact of broader issues like race, gender and social class. 3 sh.

JUST202: Innovation and Evaluation in Criminal Justice (3 hours lecture)

This course will examine current thinking in the criminal justice profession, with a focus on change and reform efforts. Its purpose will be to describe major innovations, to explore their rationale, and to examine impediments to their implementation and evaluation. After a review of the history of change in criminal justice and a review of the psychology of change, the course will take a case study approach. Successful and unsuccessful innovations in crime prevention, police instructions and practices, court practices, corrections and reentry will be examined in depth. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 102 or departmental approval.

JUST220: Crime in the Life Course (3 hours lecture)

In recent decades the life course paradigm has become one of the most prominent theoretical areas in criminology. This course will provide a detailed exploration of the life course paradigm, including its empirical and theoretical applications. The course will examine the foundations of life course theory including several fundamental studies and more recent scholarship, its theoretical and empirical evolution, as well as its value in understanding criminal behavior and its relationship to other theoretical paradigms. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

JUST230: Family Violence (3 hours lecture)

This course will take a life-course approach in examining the complex issues of family violence. It will utilize a multidisciplinary framework in analyzing the dynamics of abuse. Students will discuss the various forms of violence as well as the prevalence and incidence of violence in different stages of the lifespan. The relationship between child abuse, sibling abuse, partner abuse and elder abuse will be examined. Students will also explore family violence from a cultural perspective. They will review current social policy as it relates to the protection and treatment of the victims of family violence. 3 sh.

JUST250: Current Issues in Policing (3 hours lecture)

The course will examine current issues in policing from an interdisciplinary perspective. Subjects include racial and ethnic profiling, policing a multi-cultural society, police use of force, police corruption, policing domestic violence, policing emotionally disturbed people, police management of terrorist threat, hostage negotiation, policing disasters (SWAT/Emergency Service - first responders) and relevant dimensions of police psychology. 3 sh.

JUST313: Organized Crime (3 hours lecture)

Organized crime as a social phenomenon. The methods and goals of large-scale crime and its economic, political, and social costs; popular attitudes towards organized crime; efforts of enforcement and investigation agencies to deal wiht the problem. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

JUST314: Environmental Justice (3 hours lecture)

The domain of this course is the role of social inequities, especially those of class and race, in the distribution of environmental risks in societies at the local, national, and global levels and includes study of legal remedies and public policy measures that address environmental injustices. Cross listed with Sociology, SOCI 314. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST316: Victimology (3 hours lecture)

Victimology is the scientific study of victims including the relationship between the victim and offender, the victim and the criminal justice system, and the victim with other societal institutions. The goal of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the subject of victimology in the context of Criminology and Women's and Gender studies. The course will be presented in three parts: Research and theory on victimization, Exploration of special topics in victimology, and Historical and Contemporary practical responses to victimization. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 200 or JUST 201 or WMGS 301 or departmental approval.

JUST317: Race and the U.S. Legal System (3 hours lecture)

The course will examine the use of the law both to perpetuate and eradicate racial injustice in the United States from the inception and rise of slavery during the colonial period through the racial desegregation decision on the United States Supreme Court in Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954 to the present. The goals of the course are to achieve an understanding of the role of law in its social context, especially with regard to the use of legal institutions, and law in the creation and maintenance of systems of racial injustice and to examine the use of law (especially litigation) as a mechanism for social change. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST318: Animals and Justice (3 hours lecture)

The course will familiarize students with scholarship on the relationships between human and nonhuman animals from a multidisciplinary perspective including the ecological, environmental, cultural, economic, social, psychological, and health dimensions of these relationships. The course will situate nonhuman animals into a larger conception of social justice. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST319: Hate Crimes (3 hours lecture)

The course examines issues relating to how and why people hate; what constitutes a hate crime; whether and how society should legislate against hate crime; and how tolerance can be promoted in an ever-diverse and complex world. Course topics may include a historical perspective on hate; psychological and sociological theories as to why people hate hate; hate crime laws; enforcement issues relating to hate crime laws; constitutional challenges to hate laws; international hate crime; and new frontiers in hate and hate crime. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST320: Women and Prison (3 hours lecture)

This course will take a comprehensive view of the issues that bring women in contact with the criminal justice system and correctional institutions. Students will discuss the historical legacy of female incarceration in Europe and America. They will discover that the demographic intersections of gender, race, class and gender orientation play a major role in sentencing outcomes. Gender responsive programming as well as role model programs in the US, Canada and Europe will be discussed. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST321: White Collar Crime (3 hours lecture)

An examination of the nature, scope, forms, and styles of occupational and business-related criminal activities in the U.S., as well as their social, political, and economic implications. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST322: Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (3 hours lecture)

This course will deal with major theories regarding the causes of juvenile delinquency. The relationship between juvenile crime and justice and the socio-economic and institutional arrangements of the larger society will be the primary focus. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST323: Serial Killers (3 hours lecture)

This course will focus on Serial Killers in American society. Serial killers are those who kill at least three persons over time. Serial killers often seem to be rational and sane, planning their murders in advance. If they are less than sane, less than rational, then the implications for justice are altered, and the investigation needs to be broadened beyond the idea of punishment. The thrust of the course will be spread over these themes: crime and punishment, rationality and madness, justice and revenge. With these topics in mind, this course will concern itself with the historical, psychological, legal and cultural implications of serial killers. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 200 and JUST 201.

JUST324: Terrorism and Social Justice (3 hours lecture)

The goals of this course are to study terrorists and terrorism from both a criminological and social justice perspective and to contextualize the current debate regarding civil liberty-for-security tradeoffs in an age of terror. The course will familiarize students with the definitional debates surrounding terrorism, the questions regarding how to treat terrorists from a legal and law enforcement perspective, and the reactions that terrorists elicit from governments and publics. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 200 or JUST 201 and/or departmental permission.

JUST325: Police and Society (3 hours lecture)

This course will examine urban police organizations from diverse theoretical perspectives. Subjects include media images of the police, police discretion, police use of force, police corruption, women in policing, ethnic minorities in policing, and researching the police. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST326: Death Penalty Perspectives (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the specific legal issues inherent in capital punishment. Included will be detailed coverage of both substantive and procedural law of capital punishment as well as the roles of lawyers, judges, and juries within this legal system. This course also will focus upon empirical analyses of death penalty applications and will carefully explore its practical and philosophical underpinnings. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST327: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3 hours lecture)

The goal of this course is to provide a cross-national survey of crime and criminal justice. Emphasis will be on crime rates, forms of criminality, police, courts, and corrections. Descriptive material on how select countries administer criminal justice will be analyzed and compared. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 201.

JUST328: Prisons and Punishment (3 hours lecture)

The course will focus on Prisons and Punishment in American society. The prison is the symbol of punishment in western society. Apart from the general and historical claims made on punishment, we will be concerned with the policy implications of the existence of prisons. We will discuss the purposes of prison, whether or not they rehabilitate, and explore the issue of alternatives to incerceration. This course will emphasize classical and contemporary sociological and historical texts, case law, inmate memoirs, and fictional accounts of prison life. As we learn to connect crime to social cohesion, cultural diversity, labor issues, and racial, ethnic and gender differences, we will discover and sample various perspectives on punishment. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

JUST329: Homeland Security (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the criminal justice roles, responsibilities and jurisdictions associated with homeland security. It will focus on the analysis of terrorism, as well as threats and challenges facing criminal justice agencies. Emphasis will be placed on the constitutional, organizational, and competency issues needed to meet criminal justice goals. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JSUT 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

JUST340: Wrongful Convictions (3 hours lecture)

This course examines wrongful convictions from a broadly interdisciplinary perspective. This course will consider the scope and causes, the process of exonerations, and the legal, political and social responses and implications of wrongful convictions on the US Justice System as a whole. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

JUST351: Juries and Justice

An examination of the roots of the American jury system and the role of trials in the social construction of morality. Consideration of issues related to jury pools, selection, and representativeness. Examination of data from research on group processes within actual and mock juries, including communication and decision making in juries and juror bias. Students will conduct field studies in local courts. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST353: Corrections (3 hours lecture)

Traces the historical development of corrections in the United States and examines present trends. Explores the sociopolitical nature of various correctional policies, with special emphasis on current trends and controversies. Analyzes prison life from the perspectives of administrators, corrections officers, and inmates. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST360: Rights, Liberties and American Justice (3 hours lecture)

An integrated approach to the study of individual rights, liberties, and American justice. The development of constitutional law in its social, political, and cultural contexts. The growth of the legal tradition and recent developments in relation to statutory law in shaping the principles of American liberty. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST400: Drugs and Society (3 hours lecture)

The course will familiarize students with scholarship on the relationships between drugs and disparate treatment by race, class and gender from a multidisciplinary perspective. The course will situate drugs into a larger conception of social justice and will familiarize students with scholarship on the relationships between drugs and the larger structural elements of society. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

JUST402: Sex Crimes (3 hours lecture)

The course will familiarize studnets with an understanding of sexual offending and offenders from a multidisciplinary perspective. The course will situate this type of crime and offender within a larger conception of social justice and will familiarize students with scholarship on the relationships between sex crimes and the larger structural elements of society. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 310 or departmental approval.

PALG301: Criminal Law and Procedure (3 hours lecture)

Legal concepts of criminal law and their application to criminal procedure. Contrast between civil law and criminal law. Study of crimes against persons, property and the public. Searches and seizure, arrest and interrogation. Students may take PALG 301 or POLS 321 but not both courses as part of the Paralegal minor, the Political Science major or the Criminal Justice minor. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG317: Evidence (3 hours lecture)

An examination of the basic principles and rules governing trial advocacy in federal and state (NJ) cases. Areas to be examined include: the hearsay rule and its exceptions, examination of witnesses (lay and expert), impeachment, privileges, real and demonstrative evidence, inference, judicial notice and presumptions. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.