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Issues in Criminal Justice
An analysis of the current issues facing the criminal justice system.
Research Design and Methods
Includes the scientific method, basic social science research design and execution, and evaluation of contemporary research in criminal justice. Topics covered include the logic of causal order, the logic of inference, sampling theory, qualitative and quantitative research design, data collection, and model specification. Prepares students to critically appraise reported research, and to design and conduct independent research projects.
Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice
The use of descriptive and inferential statistics and computer applications as used in criminal justice research.
History of criminological thought, etiology of criminal behavior, and analysis and evaluation of contemporary criminological theories.
Administration in Criminal Justice
Surveys the relationship between worker productivity and personnel/management policies in criminal justice organizations. Examines the workplace application of theories of learning, personality, cognitive processes, group dynamics and communications.
Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
Examines theories and methods of policy analysis and program evaluation with suggested applications to agencies within juvenile and criminal justice systems. Identifies the complex effects of policy change as well as techniques for developing a continuous capacity for program assessment in these agencies. Discusses forces that generate new policies and processes for their implementation and evaluation. Students assess existing models and are encouraged to develop their own applications for measuring the impact of new directions in the system.
Legal Liabilities in Criminal Justice
An examination of legal liabilities facing criminal justice management in their relations with human resources/personnel, their clients/offenders, and the public.
Law and Society
An inquiry into selected current legal issues such as gun control legislation, asset forfeiture law, the prison reform legislation act, domestic violence legislation, sex offender legislation, death penalty legislation, etc.
Issues in Corrections
Examines current issues in institutional and community corrections with emphasis on comparisons of control versus rehabilitation strategies, lack of strategic planning and public policy development.
Issues in Law Enforcement
This course will focus on the long term, intractable problems in policing, particularly in urban areas. Endemic issues that affect the limits and potential of mainstream policing will be examined including an analysis of emerging critical issues and a critical assessment of the philosophy and politics of community policing.
Issues in Juvenile Justice
Seminar in issues confronting the juvenile justice system and juvenile offenders, with an emphasis on the history, philosophy, and role of the juvenile court.
Violence in America
A survey of violence in past and present American society with an emphasis on theoretical perspectives and possible future trends.
Examines the development, management and assessment of the various types of non-security programs within correctional settings. Facilitates the understanding of dynamics of rehabilitation of offenders, as well as the group dynamics of institutions designed to work with delinquent populations.
Seminar for advanced students offered in response to student request and faculty interest. May be repeated for additional credit when course content differs. Sample topics include the death penalty, family violence and disputes, hate crimes, inmate social organization, prison gangs, etc.
Intensive study of a subject, which the student cannot normally pursue in a regularly scheduled course. Supervised independent or group studies for advanced students. May be repeated for additional credit with faculty approval.
Prerequisite: Completion of course work.
Prerequisite: Completion of Thesis I.
Criminal Justice Project
Prerequisite: Completion of core courses, 30 hours of coursework, and consent of Graduate Coordinator.
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