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Criminal Justice - CRIM Courses

College of Health and Human Services

Courses (CRIM)

LOWER DIVISION


101. The Criminal Justice System in Society (3)
Prerequisites/Corequisites: One of the foundation courses (may be taken concurrently).
Introduction to the history and philosophy of the criminal justice system: survey of theories of crime, punishment and rehabilitation; study of ethical issues in social control. Interaction between the citizen and the components of the system will be examined.
(CAN AJ2) Letter grade only (A-F).

151. Introduction to Criminal Law (3)
Prerequisite: CRIM 101.
Historical development and current application of criminal law and related constitutional provisions. Focus is on major crimes against the person and against property. Capacity to commit crimes and affirmative defenses are also covered.

UPPER DIVISION


301. Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice (3)
Prerequisite/Corequisite: CRIM 101.
Criminal Justice studied as a total interacting system: police, corrections, probation and the judiciary. Special emphasis is placed on current issues and problems.

302. Communication for Criminal Justice (3)
Prerequisite: ENGL 100; upper division standing; open only to Criminal Justice majors.
Written communication principles and practice in the criminal justice profession.

303. Statistics for Criminal Justice Administrators (3)
Prerequisite/Corequisite: CRIM 101.
Emphasis is placed upon understanding statistics used for analysis of data by criminal justice administrators. Both descriptive and inferential statistics will be covered. The strengths and weaknesses of frequently used statistical software packages will be included.
Letter grade only (A-F).

*305. Ethical Concerns in Criminal Justice (3)
Identifies and explores ethics, values, definitions and applications in the criminal justices system: police, courts, probation, parole, corrections, and private security organizations. Discusses remedial strategies and behavior relating to unethical behavior from an individual and group perspective.

325. Police Administration (3)
Program approach to the study or police administration. Overview of administration of the police function in the United States. Organization, management and operation of police agencies.

331. Security and the Criminal Justice System (3)
Prerequisite/Corequisite: CRIM 101.
A study of the theoretical and actual association between security functions in the criminal justice system. Topics explored include: historical and contemporary relationship between private security and sworn law enforcement, institutional culture, terrorism, computer technology, forensics and physical/operational security.
Letter grade only (A-F).

351. Adjudication Process in Criminal Justice (3)
Prerequisite/Corequisite: CRIM 101.
Topics include: arraignments and preliminary hearings; suppression hearings; sanity hearings; trials; sentencing in capital and non-capital cases; juvenile court proceedings; and revocation of probation and parole. Civil Rights Act cases and other civil suits involving criminal justice personnel are discussed.
Letter grade only (A-F).

356. Legal Aspects of Corrections (3)
An overview of court decisions related to corrections. Study of current legal issues and their impact on adult and juvenile procedures.

*359. Substance Abuse and the Criminal Justice System (3)
Social and psychological factors in alcohol and drug use, abuse and addiction. Legal and social elements of substance abuse and their relationship to criminal justice system. Characteristics of various controlled substances; categories of drug offenses; and investigation of drug cases.

361. Criminal Investigation (3)
Study of basic principles of criminal investigation. Analysis of investigative techniques; patterns and modus operandi; interviewing and interrogation strategies; collection and management of evidence; surveillance; and crime scene investigation. Theories, philosophies, and concepts related to suppression of crime are covered.

369. Correctional Environments (3)
Introduction to American penology. A first-hand examination of county, state and federal correctional facilities. It includes the Department of Family and Children’s Services (foster care, county and private facilities), juvenile halls, juvenile court, and California Youth Authority.
Field trips will be required. Course fee may be required.

373. Victimology (3)
Advances an ecological approach to the study of victimology. Theories and history shaping the social, psychological, biological, and environmental characteristics of crime and victimization in the United States, paying particular attention to issues of gender and violence.

404. Theories of Crime Causation, Prevention and Control (3)
Prerequisite/Corequisite: CRIM 101.
Exploration of theories and policy implication of crime. Political, social, and economic context will be used to explore the etiology of criminal behavior. Underpinnings of criminological theory are traced through history by focusing on connection to biology, psychology, and sociology.
Letter grade only (A-F).

405. Job Stress and the Criminal Justice System (3)
Theoretical foundations of stress based on current research findings with emphasis on individual assessment, signs and symptoms, causes and effects. Specific stress management skills such as relaxation, meditation, self hypnosis, pain control, biofeedback, nutrition, and exercise will be covered.
Not available to students with credit in CRIM 499 (Job Stress).

420./520. Criminal Justice Information and Technology (3)
Exploration of computer and technology’s use for criminal justice administrators. Focuses on using technology to collect, manage, analyze and display crime information as a map, chart, or table. Usefulness of data found on the Internet will be discussed.
Assignments and projects for graduate students will be weighted differently than those for undergraduates. Letter grade only (A-F).

424. Theories of Complex Criminal Justice Organizations (3)
Theories, concepts, issues and applications of administrative and management styles within various criminal justice organizations. Emphasis on various organizational systems, leadership approaches, organizational culture, occupational socialization; recruitment and retention, communications, change and adaptability, and motivation of organizational members.

*451. Search and Seizure, Confessions and Evidence (3)
A study of criminal procedures mandated by U. S. Constitution with emphasis on search and seizure, confessions, and the right to counsel. Course covers evidentiary rules that must be employed to introduce testimony and physical evidence in a court proceeding.
Not available for students with credit in CRIM 353.

468. Correctional Systems (3)
Prerequisite/Corequisite: CRIM 101.
Historical and philosophical reactions to law violators. Overview of institutional and community corrections. Examination of differing penal institutions. Evaluation of rehabilitation as crime control strategy. Alternatives to incarceration will be explored as criminal sanctions.
Field trips may be required. Letter grade only (A-F).

*470. Probation, Parole and Community Corrections (3)
Focus is on probation, parole and other intermediate sanctions and community treatment options. Each is examined from both punishment and treatment model perspectives. The pre-sentence investigation (PSI) will be analyzed. Supervision of offender in community and revocation will be discussed.
Field trips may be required.

*477. Correctional Counseling (3)
Theories and techniques utilized by correctional counselors. Various counseling and crisis intervention strategies are examined: reality therapy, behavior modification, group counseling, and 12-step programs. Special problems, such as substance abusers, mental illness, the elderly, and sex offenders, are considered.

480. Introduction to Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3)
Prerequisite/Corequisite: CRIM 101.
Introduction to basic techniques in criminal justice research including library research, report writing, research design models, sampling techniques, questionnaire construction, interview techniques and participant observation.
Letter grade only (A-F).

*482. Crime, Criminal Justice Systems and the Political Process (3)
The social, historical, economic, and political forces that shape policies in criminal justice are explored. A critical analysis of the legislature, police, courts and corrections is used to examine the efficacy, fairness, and quality of justice in our society. Designed to promote and develop critical thinking skills.

483. Enforcement Systems (3)
Prerequisite/Corequisite: CRIM 101.
Historical roots of American policing. Police as a social institution and control agent; contemporary role of the police officer. Consideration of modern police patrol strategies; training procedures; ethical standards; under-represented groups in police departments; discretion; and corruption in police agencies.
Letter grade only (A-F).

484. Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3)
Prerequisites: CRIM 101 or consent of instructor.
Survey of nationwide and worldwide criminal justice philosophies and techniques. Evaluation of current major hypotheses. Review of recent developments and contributions by agencies and academic institutions. Review of current literature in the field.
Letter grade only (A-F).

487. Juvenile Justice (3)
Theoretical foundations of delinquency causation. Historical tracing of the American juvenile justice system including the juvenile court and its jurisdiction. Police interaction with juveniles; treatment and correctional strategies for young offenders. Examination of prevention and treatment approaches.

490. Independent Study (1-3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Individual research and study approved by major professor.

*492. Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence (3)
Domestic violence is studied as a phenomenon that impacts the criminal justice system. Spouse abuse, child abuse and elder abuse are studied. Strategies for criminal justice personnel handling these cases are stressed.

493. Computer Applications in Criminal Justice (3)
Focuses on computer applications to local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies: data processing as well as other computer applications in training, research, field operations, supervision, and administration. Civil liberties issues are discussed as well as security options.

494. Criminal Justice and Gangs (3)
Covers the multifaceted aspects of gangs, gang membership and identification. Subjects include historical, psychological, sociological, and economic rationales for gang involvement. Topics include causal factors, coping mechanisms, and remedial systematic approaches.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 499D.

*495. Internship (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and CRIM 101.
Supervised work experience in criminal justice agency in the immediate area.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Not open for credit to students employed in criminal justice agencies.

499. Special Topics in Criminal Justice (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topics of current interest in the field of criminal justice selected for intensive development.
Topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 units with different topics.
E. Readings in Criminology and Criminal Justice

GRADUATE LEVEL


512. Seminar on Diversity and Criminal Justice Practices (3)
Prerequisite: Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other graduate students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Study of the effect social, economic, and cultural diversity has on the development and implementation of criminal justice practices. Will include topics such as hate crimes, minority perceptions of crime, victim services, and cultural awareness.
Letter grade only (A-F).

520./420. Criminal Justice Information and Technology (3)
Prerequisite: Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; graduate students from other departments must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Exploration of computer and technology’s use for criminal justice administrators. Focuses on using technology to collect, manage, analyze and display crime information as a map, chart, or table. Usefulness of data on the Internet will be discussed.
Graduate students will be expected to complete two projects; undergraduates must do one project. Grades for projects by graduate students will be weighted differently than those for undergraduates. Letter grade only (A-F).

551. Legal Issues in Criminal Justice (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of the Graduate Advisor. Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Aim is to develop feasible solutions for legal issues: arrest, search, seizure, confession; pre-trial procedures; mental health issues; Exclusionary Rule; role of judge, prosecutor and defense attorney; jury system; trial procedures; sentencing; prisoner rights; civil cases and forfeiture proceedings.
Letter grade only (A-F).

581. Theories of Crime Causation and Prevention (3)
Prerequisites: Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Relationship and interaction between social structure and crime. Investigation into the classical and behavioral theories of crime and crime prevention.
Letter grade only (A-F).

582. Advanced Statistics for Criminal Justice Research (3)
Prerequisites: One undergraduate social science statistics and research methods course. Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Statistical inference in normally distributed populations. Regression and multivariate analysis of research data. Utilization of non-parametric statistics.
(Lecture 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

583. Research Methodology (3)
Prerequisites: One undergraduate research and statistics course. Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Scientific method of research; variations in research design and methodology; application of research findings to problem solutions. Not available to students with credit in CRIM 696.
Letter grade only (A-F).

584. Professional Literature (3)
Prerequisites: Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Critical analysis and comparative review of professional literature in criminal justice practice, theory, and research. Will include topics of components of research publications; substantive content of articles; library/online searches; critiques of the literature, citations, reference styles, and literature reviews.
Not available for students with credit in CRIM 691. Letter grade only (A-F).

590. Independent Study (1-3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Individual research and study approved by graduate advisor.
Letter grade only (A-F).

599. Special Topics in Criminal Justice (3)
Prerequisite: Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Group investigation of selected topics in criminal justice.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

621. Seminar on the Administration and Management of Criminal Justice Organizations (3)
Prerequisite: Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Study of criminal justice policy development and implementation; administrative theory and issues; problems and current agency activities.
Letter grade only (A-F).

623. Seminar in Comparative Criminal Justice Administration (3)
Prerequisite: Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Advanced study of the theories, philosophies and techniques of criminal justice worldwide and nationwide. Intensive review of the literature, recent developments, and individual research.
Letter grade only (A-F).

624. Crime and Public Policy (3)
Prerequisite: Course is restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Intensive study of problem areas in crime and justice. Will include topics of control and prevention of crime in urban settings; changing law enforcement and correctional policies; philosophy of law; inter-agency relationships.
Letter grade only (A-F).

630. Seminar on Organized Crime (3)
Prerequisite: Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Historical development of organized crime and various techniques used to control that form of criminality. Detailed consideration of the political, social and economic conditions of its evolution.
Not available to students with credit in CRIM599 on the topic “Organized Crime.” Letter grade only (A-F).

640. Seminar on Police Organization and Management (3)
Prerequisite: Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Leadership theories, practices, issues, and trends in managing police organization. Thematic areas of focus are: values, ethics, team building, empowerment, politics, community oriented policing, and future forecasting.
Letter grade only (A-F).

641. Seminar in Correctional Policy and Administration (3)
Prerequisite: Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Study of the history, development and implementation of correctional programs. Analysis of the theories, philosophies, concepts and issues related to the administration and management of prisons, probation, and parole.
Letter grade only (A-F).

650. Seminar in Juvenile Justice (3)
Prerequisite: Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Study of juvenile justice programs administered by the police, court, and correctional agencies; analysis of theories of delinquency causation and prevention; current issues.
Letter grade only (A-F).

695. Thesis or Project I (3)
Prerequisite: Advancement to Candidacy. Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Student works under direct faculty supervision to complete a proposal for the research study or project. Review of the literature on a topic and development of appropriate methodology.
Letter grade only (A-F).

697. Directed Research (3)
Prerequisite: Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Extensive independent research on assigned topic addressing theoretical criminology and synthesis of literature on current issues in criminal justice. Work produced in CRIM 697 will be presented in CRIM 699.
Not available to students in thesis option. Letter grade only (A – F).

698. Thesis or Project II (3)
Prerequisite: CRIM 695. Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Finalization of literature review, analysis, and remaining chapters (typically, introduction, methodology, findings, discussion and implications).
Letter grade only (A – F).

699. Integrated Analysis of Criminal Justice (3)
Prerequisite: CRIM 697; restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students, all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Integration and synthesis of key concepts and issues related to the administration of criminal justice. Project is required.
Not available to students in thesis option. Letter grade only (A-F).