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This introductory course on the principles and problems of the criminal justice system analyzes the role of the criminal justice officer in the community, the rights of the individual citizen, and the laws under which we live locally and globally. The course examines in depth the organization and administration of the courts, corrections, and law enforcement agencies. Using various multimedia platforms, the course explores criminal justice issues, examines the issues that influence offenders, and identifies explanations for delinquent and criminal behavior throughout the world.
Prerequisite: CRJ 1301 and 6 additional hours of criminal justice or sociology. This course covers Texas specific Rules of Evidence and courtroom procedures such as cross-examination, how to get evidence in court and why. Using an understanding of correct forensic investigative procedures, students determine which evidence is admissible and which is not. The usual criminal procedure content, including constitutional criminal procedures such as searches, seizures, arrests, and analysis of problems encountered during police interrogation and interviewing are also covered.
Introduction to Criminology and encompasses an examination of introductory theoretical causes and consequences of crime and an evaluation of penal methods and agencies for rehabilitation.
Prerequisite: CRJ 1301. A course designed to provide students with the philosophy, nature, and scope of correctional procedures. Probation and community supervision is also covered.
Prerequisite: CRJ 1301 A study of possible causes and consequences of juvenile delinquency, societal reactions to it, and an overview of the juvenile justice system.
This course is aimed at providing a thorough and critical examination of meanings, history, and methods of comparing as well as contrasting various examples of criminal justice systems around the globe with ones prevailing in the United States. It is important to understand that no criminal justice system (European, Asian or American) is perfect as such. Each system has specific strengths and weaknesses. The comparative approach allows us to realize that we can learn to develop efficiency in any system using a comparison approach. Systematic comparisons of criminal justice systems provides a critical approach to understanding what works depending on circumstances and cultural contexts.
The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge of the main theoretical accounts that explain the underlying causes of global criminal behavior utilizing mainstream contemporary crime theory. The course will highlight and explore the various contemporary theories of crime causation. Particularly, we will consider the challenges that are posed for contemporary criminology by the economic, cultural, and political transformations that have marked the 21st century social life. We will address the limitations of classical criminology and address worldwide contemporary issues in criminal justice using more recent (Post 1958) extensions of anomie, differential association, social control, social disorganization, deterrence, developmental and other theories.
An overview of the Penal Code and a look at Texas criminal law in other areas. It also includes substantive criminal law, including crimes against the person, crimes against property, crimes against the public, and defenses to criminal accusations. The pre-trial, trial, and appellate processes in Texas criminal cases are examined.
Prerequisite: CRJ 1301. An overview of the history and theory of victimology in which patterns of victimization are analyzed, with emphasis on types of victims and of crimes. The interaction between victims of crime and the system of criminal justice is considered in terms of the role of the victim and the services that the victim is offered.
Prerequisite: CRJ 1301 or SOC 2301. The course provides an introduction to basic statistical techniques used by social scientists to effectively organize and present data about the social world. Interpretation of statistical information is stressed. Topics include measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, measures of association, normal curve, ANOVA and multivariate analysis. Students will design and complete original research as well as make use of existing data.
Prerequisite: CRJ 1301 or SOC 2301, and CRJ/SOC 3396. An introduction to the fundamentals of designing, conducting, and evaluating social science research in applied settings.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing and Consent of Instructor. The goal of the internship is to provide an arena for the application of classroom principles within the context of the day to day reality of the criminal justice system. The internship includes field supervision as well as classroom experience. Students with previous work experience within the criminal justice system are not eligible.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing and Consent of Instructor. The goal of the internship is to provide an arena for the application of classroom principles within the context of the day to day reality of the criminal justice system. A total of 160 hours of volunteer work is required at a selected site suitable to the student's goals, abilities, chosen discipline, and interests. The internship includes field supervision, classroom experience, and a presentation as part of the Criminal Justice colloquium. Students with previous work experience within the criminal justice system are not eligible.