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Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice - CRJU Courses

LOWER DIVISION

101. The Criminal Justice System in Society (3)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: One GE Foundation Course (may be taken concurrently).
Introduction to the study of criminal justice in American society. Focuses on the history, philosophy, functions, roles, policies, practices, and ethics of the institutions of social control within the criminal justice system, especially police, courts, and correctional personnel.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 101.

110. Introduction to Justice Research, Writing, and Reasoning (3)

Prerequistes/Corequisites: ENGL 100.
Develops the skills needed to conduct and properly cite library and electronic research for social scientific and legal sources; and use them to make persuasive oral presentations and write papers, case briefs, and reports commonly used in the justice professions.
Letter grade only (A-F).

210. Gangs: Structure, Activities, and Responses (3)

An interdisciplinary examination of the factors that contribute to gang formation and membership; the structure and function of gangs; gang activities (including crime); and the various policy and programmatic responses to gangs.
Letter grade only (A-F).

220. Terrorism and the Criminal Justice System (3)

A video and text-based exploration of the origins and reasons for terrorist activity and their effect on select criminal justice agencies in the U.S. and around the world.
Letter grade only (A-F).

230. Survey of the Forensic Sciences (3)

The application of scientific principles to criminal investigations and trials, focusing on crime scene analysis and recording; analytical methods of criminalistics; significance of results; and the specialized roles of criminalists and forensic biology, chemistry, ballistics, medicine, dentistry, anthropology, and psychology.

290. Special Topics in the Criminal Justice System (3)

Introductory courses 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 in different semesters.

UPPER DIVISION

301. Criminal Courts and Judicial Processes (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisites: CRJU 101 and 110 (may be taken concurrently).
Examines the structure and operation of the criminal court systems of the U.S. at the local, state, and federal levels, including their respective jurisdictions. Emphasizes pretrial and adjudication processes and the organizational roles and behaviors within the court system.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 351. Letter grade only (A-F).

302. Policing (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 101 and 110 (may be taken concurrently).
The historical evolution of policing as an institution of social control with emphasis placed on the contemporary roles of police officers, including patrol strategies, training procedures, ethical standards, and discretion. Considers under-represented groups in policing and corruption in police agencies.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 483. Letter grade only (A-F).

303. Corrections: Theory, Policy and Practice Corrections (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 101 and 110 (may be taken concurrently).
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.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 468. Letter grade only (A-F). Field trips may be required.

304. Criminological Theory (3)

Prerequisite: CRJU 101 and 110.
Exploration of theories of crime and crime control policies. Political, social, and economic contexts are used to explore the ecology of criminal behavior. Criminological theories are traced through history by focusing on connections to biology, psychology, and sociology.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 404. Letter grade only (A-F).

320. Criminal Justice Research Methods (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 101, 110, and 304 (may be taken concurrently).
An introduction to basic techniques in criminal justice research, including report writing, components of research design models, sampling techniques, data collection techniques, questionnaire construction, interview techniques, and participant observation. Focus on bridging the gaps between theory, research, and justice policy.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 480. Letter grade only (A-F).

325. Statistics for Criminal Justice (4)

Prerequisite: CRJU 101, 110 and 320.
Descriptive and inferential statistics covering univariate, bivariate, and multivariate statistical techniques. Focus on probability theory, significance testing, inferential statistics used for quantitative data analysis by criminal justice researchers and administrators. Includes laboratory using statistical software packages.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours, laboratory workshop 1 hour.)

330. Criminal Justice Ethics, Values, and Diversity (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 302 and 303.
Identifies and explores ethics and values in the criminal justices system, paying special attention to issues of social inequality. Discusses remedial strategies and behavior relating to unethical behavior from an individual and group perspective.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 305. Letter grade only (A-F).

340. Substantive Criminal Law (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 101, 110, and 301.
Analysis of the historical development of criminal law and the underlying principles used to interpret it. Focuses on statutory construction and case law deconstruction of the elements and defenses to major crimes, and the public policy implications of these interpretations.
Letter grade only (A-F).

350. Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 101, 110, and 301.
A study of criminal procedures mandated by the U.S. Constitution emphasizing searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment; interrogations and confessions under the Fifth Amendment; the Sixth Amendment right to counsel; and due process under the Fourteenth Amendment.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 451. Letter grade only (A-F).

401. Victimology (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 101, 110, and 304.
Advances an ecological approach to the study of victimology. Theories and history shaping the bio-psycho-social and environmental characteristics of crime and violent victimization are examined with emphasis on their intersection with issues of race, gender, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 373.

402. Crime and Inequality (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 301 and 304.
Explores variability in the perpetration, apprehension, prosecution, and punishment of crime, as well as criminal victimization, by race, class, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Focuses on patterns of over-representation and critically evaluates the major explanations for this phenomenon.

403. Comparative Criminal Justice and Transnational Crimes (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 101, 110, and 304.
An examination of criminal justice systems around the world and related transnational crime issues. Political, social, and economic environments are studied in relation to varying criminological practices. Includes the role of international law, international criminal courts, the UN, and Interpol.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 484

404. Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Criminal Justice (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 101, 110, and 304.
Set against the background of our global community, an examination of the relationship between the historical and contemporary motivations and goals of terrorism, United States Homeland Security and select aspects of the United States criminal justice systems.
Letter grade only (A-F).

406. Delinquency and the Juvenile Justice System (3)

Prerequisite: CRJU 101, 110, and 304.
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.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 487. Letter grade only (A-F).

407. White Collar Crime (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 101, 110, 304.
Discuss and explain the various types of white-collar crimes and the damage white-collar crime inflicts upon individual victims, society, institutions, and culture. Research current trends in white collar crime, especially those concerning consumer product frauds and fraudulent business opportunities.

410. Police Administration (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 302 and 330.
An organizational management and systems approach to the study of police administration. Emphasizes the administration of various police functions, organizational structures, resources management, operational techniques, professional ethics, and leadership principles and their implications for generalized and specialized units.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 325.

412. Criminal Investigation (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 101, 110, and 302.
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.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 361. Letter grade only (A-F).

420. Legal Aspects of Corrections (3)

Prerequisites: CRJ 101, 110, and 303.
An overview of court decisions related to corrections. Study of current legal issues and their impact on correctional policies and procedures.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 356.

421. Probation, Parole and Community Corrections (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 101, 110 and 303.
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.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 470. Field trips may be required.

422. Correctional Counseling (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 101, 110, 303
Techniques of counseling strategies utilized by correctional workers, including reality therapy, behavior modification, group counseling, and 12-step programs. Evaluation of the effectiveness of correctional treatment with emphasis on treatment of substance abuse, mental illness, sex offenders, and female offenders.

423. Correctional Environments (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 101, 110, and 303.
An introduction to American penology through six all-day field trips to city, county, state, and federal correctional facilities. Includes observations of juvenile court proceedings and visits to county juvenile halls, a juvenile treatment facility, and a state youthful offender institution.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 369. Letter grade only (A-F). Special start dates and end dates apply. Full-day field trips are required. Course fee may be required.

430. Criminal Evidence and Trials (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 301, 340, 350; and consent of Instructor.
Using a mock-trial approach, an in-depth study of procedural, evidentiary, tactical, and ethical problems experienced by lawyers, witnesses, and defendants. Emphasis on the rules of evidence and expert testimony as it relates to policing and the forensic sciences.

440. Criminalistics: Forensic Science in the Crime Laboratory (3)

Prerequisite: CRJU 230 or consent of the instructor.
Overview of general principles of forensic science, techniques, equipment, and methodologies as used in crime laboratories. Focus on fingerprint and firearm identification, trace evidence (hair, fiber, paint, glass), blood, DNA evidence, forensic document examination, crime scene kits, and forensic microscopy.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 462. Letter grade only (A-F).

441. Investigating High-Tech Crimes (3)

Prerequisite: CRJU 230 or consent of the instructor.
Overview of general classification, devices, microscopy, and methodologies in investigating high-tech crimes. Focuses on counterfeiting and fraud related to U.S. currency, credit card, checks, driver’s licenses, social security cards, DVS/CD, cable TV box/satellite TV cards, and computer-based "cybercrimes."
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 463. Letter grade only (A-F).

442. Forensic Psychology and the Criminal Justice System (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 301.
An interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between psychiatry, clinical psychology, and the criminal justice system with regard to mentally-ill criminal offenders. Focus is on the legal standards for determining various criminal competencies, insanity, diminished capacity, and related defenses of excuse.

443. Forensic Pathology and the Medical-Legal Investigation of Death (3)

Prerequisite: CRJU 230 or consent of the instructor.
A multimedia examination of the medico-legal investigation of death. Focuses on thanatology and thanato-etiology of unexpected natural deaths, accidental deaths, suicides, and homicides. Special attention to deaths by gunshot wound, sharp force injury, blunt force trauma, asphyxiation, and electrocution.
Letter grade only (A-F). Field trips may be required.

450. Domestic Violence and the Criminal Justice System (3)

Prerequisites: CRJ 101, 110, 301, 302, and 304
Domestic violence is studied as a phenomenon that impacts the criminal justice system. Spousal/intimate partner abuse, child abuse, and elder abuse are studied from a multidisciplinary perspective. Strategies for criminal justice personnel handling these cases are stressed.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 492.

460. Substance Abuse and the Criminal Justice System (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 101, 110, and 304.
Biological, psychological, and social 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 controlled substances; categories of drug offenses; and investigation of drug cases.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 459.

490. Advanced, Specialized Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of 300-level core courses or consent of instructor.
Advanced and specialized 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 to a maximum of 9 units with different topics in the same semester.

492. Internship (6)

Prerequisites: (1) Departmental Consent; and (2) Completion of 300-level Core (CRJU 301, 302, 303, 304, 320, 325, 330, 340, and 350) or consent of instructor.
Supervised work experience in a criminal justice agency.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students employed in criminal justice agencies.

493. Professional Development for Criminal Justicians (3)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Consent of the Instructor.
A structured work class to facilitate career development in the justice professions, including those in academia. Includes practical instruction on job application strategies (i.e., job searching; writing cover and inquiry letters; résumé preparation) and successful interviewing techniques.
Credit/No Credit grading only.

497. Directed Research or Independent Study (1-4)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
For students who wish to learn about a topic related to criminology, criminal justice, or forensics in great detail through independent reading and writing assigned by a faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units.

498. Senior Thesis (3)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Completion of 300-level core courses, a minimum 3.0 grade point average and consent of instructor.
For students who wish to engage in intensive guided research and write a thesis under the direction of a panel of three faculty members. Highly recommended for students who plan to pursue graduate or law school.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units with the same topic.

GRADUATE LEVEL

504. Criminological Theory (3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to criminal justice masters students; all other students must have consent from the Graduate Advisor.
Exploration of theories and policy implication of crime. Political, social, and economic context will be used to explore the ecology of criminal behavior. Underpinnings of criminological theory are traced through history by focusing on connection to biology, psychology, and sociology.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 581. Letter grade only (A-F).

520. Advanced Criminal Justice Research Methods (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 320 and 325 or comparable undergraduate research methods and statistics courses approved by the Graduate Advisor. Restricted to Criminal Justice masters students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
An in-depth exploration of the scientific methods used in criminology and criminal justice research, including research design and both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Special attention is paid to the ethics of human subjects research.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 583. Letter grade only (A-F).

525. Advanced Statistics for Criminal Justice (3)

Prerequisite: CRJU 320 and 325 or comparable undergraduate research methods and statistics courses approved by the Graduate Advisor. Restricted to Criminal Justice masters students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Nonparametric, bivariate, and multivariate inferential statistics that are used for quantitative data analysis by criminal justice researchers and practitioners.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 582. Letter grade only (A-F).

530. Criminal Justice Ethics, Values, and Diversity (3)

Prerequisites: Open to Criminal Justice master’s students only. All others require consent of the Criminal Justice Graduate Advisor.
Identifies and explores ethics and values in the criminal justices system, paying special attention to issues of social inequality. Discusses remedial strategies and behavior relating to unethical behavior from an individual and group perspective.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 512. Letter grade only (A-F).

551. Proseminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)

Prerequisite: CRJU 504. Restricted to Criminal Justice master’s students; all other students must have consent from Graduate Advisor.
Critical analysis and comparative review of a wide array of professional literature in criminology and criminal justice. Focuses on both classic and contemporary literature related to the philosophical, social, political, and legal issues affecting the American criminal justice system.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 584. Letter grade only (A-F).

604. Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Criminal Justice (3)

Prerequisites: Open to Criminal Justice master’s students only. All others require consent of the Criminal Justice Graduate Advisor.
Set against the background of our global community, an examination of the relationship between the historical and contemporary motivations and goals of terrorism, United States Homeland Security and select aspects of the United States criminal justice systems.
Letter grade only (A-F).

621. Administration and Management of Criminal Justice Organizations (3)

Prerequisites: Open to Criminal Justice master’s students only. All others require consent of the Criminal Justice Graduate Advisor.
Introduction to the management of criminal justice agencies in the U.S. Examines the purposes, goals, and functions of administrative principles from a multidisciplinary systems perspective to develop both a theoretical and practical understanding of criminal justice leadership and management.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 621. Letter grade only (A-F).

631. Legal Issues in Criminal Justice (3)

Prerequisites: Open to Criminal Justice master’s students only. All others require consent of the Criminal Justice Graduate Advisor.
Analysis of current and controversial legal issues in the criminal justice system focusing on controversial decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 551. Letter grade only (A-F).

640. Criminalistics: Forensic Science in the Crime Laboratory (3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to criminal justice masters students only; all others require consent of the Graduate Advisor.
Overview of general principles of forensic science, techniques, equipment, and methodologies as used in crime laboratories. Focus on fingerprint and firearm identification, trace evidence (hair, fiber, paint, glass), blood, DNA evidence, forensic document examination, crime scene kits, and forensic microscopy.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 562. Letter grade only (A-F). Undergraduate students register for CRJU 440; graduate students for CRJU 640.

641. Investigating High-Tech Crimes (3)

Prerequisite: Open to Criminal Justice master’s students only. All others require consent of the Criminal Justice Graduate Advisor.
Overview of general classification, devices, microscopy, and methodologies in
investigating high-tech crimes. Focuses on counterfeiting and fraud related to U.S. currency, credit card, checks, driver’s licenses, social security cards, DVS/CD, cable TV box/satellite TV cards, and computer-based "cybercrimes."
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 563. Letter grade only (A-F).

642. Forensic Psychology and the Criminal Justice System (3)

Prerequisites: Open to Criminal Justice master’s students only. All others require consent of the Criminal Justice Graduate Advisor.
An interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between psychiatry, clinical psychology, and the criminal justice system with regard to mentally-ill criminal offenders. Focus is on the legal standards for determining various criminal competencies, insanity, diminished capacity, and related defenses of excuse.
Letter grade only (A-F).

643. Forensic Pathology and the Medical-Legal Investigation of Death (3)

Prerequisite: Open to Criminal Justice master’s students only. All others require consent of the Criminal Justice Graduate Advisor.
A multimedia examination of the medico-legal investigation of death. Focuses on thanatology and thanato-etiology of unexpected natural deaths, accidental deaths, suicides, and homicides. Special attention to deaths by gunshot wound, sharp force injury, blunt force trauma, asphyxiation, and electrocution.
Letter grade only (A-F). Field trips may be required.

690. Advanced, Specialized Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)

Advanced and specialized 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 to a maximum of 9 units with different topics in the same semester.

691. Instructional Strategies for Criminal Justice Professionals (3)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Consent of instructor.
A structured program to teach graduate students how to create and deliver college-level instruction in criminal justice. Includes design of assignments within a measurable assessment framework; development of teaching strategies; and appropriate use of media and other pedagogical devices. May require time outside of semester format.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters.

694. Thesis I (3)

Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy as a criminal justice master’s student.
Student works under direct faculty supervision to complete a proposal for the thesis research study. Review of the literature on a topic and development of appropriate methodology.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 695. Letter grade only (A-F).

695. Directed Readings/Independent Study (1-4)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
For students who wish to learn about a topic related to criminology, criminal justice, or forensics in great detail through independent reading and writing assigned by a faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

697. Directed Research (1-4)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Extensive independent research on assigned topic addressing theoretical criminology and synthesis of literature on current issues in criminal justice.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

698. Thesis II (3)

Prerequisites: CRJU 694.
Student works under direct faculty supervision to complete a master’s thesis research study.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CRIM 698. Letter grade only (A-F).