Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

Criminology and Criminal Justice

 

CRM 101     Foundations in Criminology    1

Introduction to the criminology major. The course will address the requirements of the major, educational and career planning, and how to be successful in school and the profession. Specific topics include note taking, library research, interpreting, summarizing and referencing scholarly material, and appropriate classroom and professional behavior.


CRM 110     Introduction to the Criminal Justice System     3

Introduction to the structure and operation of the criminal justice system in the United States. Attention will be focused on the individual and institutional levels. Topics include entrance into the criminal justice system, differential treatment of offenders, and the enforcement, judicial, and penal subsystems. Study Area II


CRM 220     Ideology & Violence     3

Examination of the causes and consequences of politically-motivated violent crime. Irregular. Study Area III


CRM 230     Law Enforcement & Society     3

Prereq.:  CRM 110 (C- or higher). Comprehensive examination of the function of law enforcement in society. Emphasis is placed on such areas as police operations, discretion, police community relations, due process, use of deadly force, and police corruption and deviance. Study Area III

 

CRM 231     Criminal Procedure and the Courts   3

Prereq.:  CRM 110 (with a grade of C- or higher). Organization and function of American courts, trial procedures, pre- and post-trial motions; legal procedures regarding arrest, interrogation, search and seizure; constitutional protections for the accused.


CRM 238     Corrections 3

Prereq.:  CRM 110 (with a grade of C- or higher). Overview of corrections in America to include sentencing, probation, classification, incarceration, community corrections, and parole. Critical analysis of goals of sentencing, correctional organization and management, alternatives to incarceration, and theories of behavioral change.


CRM 240     Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice  3

Examines how gender is related to crime and criminal justice, with a particular focus on the experience for females. Topics to be covered include patterns of victimization and offending by gender, and women in the criminal justice system as offenders and workers. Theories to explain differences in victimization and offending by gender will be explored. Irregular.


CRM 245     Diversity and Criminal Justice      3

Impact of race, ethnicity, and/or gender on the commission of criminal offenses, the likelihood of criminal victimization, and the treatment of criminal offenders. Also examined is the impact of race, ethnicity, and/or gender on those working in the criminal justice system. Study Area III


CRM 300     Criminology 3

 Prereq.:  CRM 110, CRM 230, CRM 231, and CRM 238 (all with grades of C- or higher). Historical and contemporary overview of the nature of crime and causes of criminal behavior. Examination of the relationship between criminological theory and criminal justice policy and practice.


CRM 322     Research Methods in Criminal Justice      3

Prereq.:  CRM 101, CRM 110, CRM 230, CRM 231 and CRM 238 (all with a grade of C- or higher).  Overview of the methods of inquiry used in criminal justice research, principles of research design, knowledge of research strategies, conducting literature reviews, writing and presenting research ideas, and reading empirical reports.


CRM 330     Domestic Violence 3

Prereq.:  CRM 110, CRM 230, CRM 231, and CRM 238 (all with grades of C-). Theory, research, and current policy on domestic violence; patterns and trends, multi-disciplined theoretical explanations, historic and contemporary criminal justice response to domestic violence are critically analyzed. Majors only. Irregular.


CRM 332     Criminal Law      3

Prereq.:  CRM 101, CRM 110, CRM 230, CRM 231, and CRM 238 (all with grades of C-). This is a survey course on criminal law in the United States. Topics to be discussed are the sources of criminal law, limitations of criminal laws, the elements of criminal law, criminal law and the Constitution, criminal defenses, and criminal offenses. Irregular.


CRM 335     Physical Evidence in Criminal Investigation     3

Prereq.:  CRM 101, CRM 110, CRM 230, CRM 231, and CRM 238 (all with grades of C-). The collection and analysis of physical evidence found during the investigation of criminal cases. Topics include trace evidence such as fibers, hair, fingerprints, and blood; DNA analysis; firearm and tool marks; serial killers; and crime scene documentation and reconstruction. Majors only.


CRM 339     Juvenile Delinquency    3

Prereq.:  CRM 110, CRM 230, CRM 231, CRM 238 (all with grade of C- or higher). Multidisciplinary approach to understanding the extent, nature, and origins of juvenile delinquency. The evolution of the juvenile justice process, legal issues, and methods of identifying, treating, and preventing delinquency are examined.

 

CRM 360     Victimology 3

Prereq.:  CRM 101, CRM 110, CRM 230, CRM 231, and CRM 238 (all with grades of C-). Current theory and research regarding the victims of crime. Topics include victim vulnerability and culpability, restitution, mediation, treatment, and compensation. Majors only. Irregular.


CRM 361     Principles and Ethics in Criminal Justice 3

Prereq.:  CRM 101, CRM 110, CRM 230, CRM 231, and CRM 238 (all with grades of C- or higher).  Examination of selected principles of law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Overview of ethical dilemmas relevant to criminal justice.


CRM 362     Crime and Capitalism    3

Prereq.:  CRM 101, CRM 110, CRM 230, CRM 231, and CRM 238 (all with grades of C- or higher). Critical examination of capitalism in crimes against humanity; white collar, corporate, transnational, and government crime; and the creation of a criminal underclass. Majors only. Irregular.


CRM 363     Constitutional Law and the Criminal Justice System    3

Prereq.:  CRM 101, CRM 110, CRM 230, CRM 231, and CRM 238 (all with grades of C-). Examines the various areas the Constitution affects Topics include the concept of federalism, the incorporation clause, interstate commerce and the federal criminal code, limitations on civil liberties, and prisoners' rights. Irregular.


CRM 366     Extreme Offending 3

Prereq.:  CRM 101, CRM 110, CRM 230, CRM 231, and CRM 238 (all with grades of C- or higher). Explores perpetrators whose crimes fall outside the realm of traditional patterns of offending. Topics include serial murder, cult murder/suicide, major corporate malfeasance, and terrorism. Students will analyze perpetrators through available scholarship and source material. Person and environmental factors that conceptually link different types of perpetrators will be explored.


CRM 401     Hate Crimes 3

Prereq.:  CRM 300, CRM 322, and one elective from CRM 360-370 (all with grades of C-or higher).  Provides an historical and contemporary overview of hate crimes, hate speech, hate acts, and hate crimes legislation. Focuses on case studies involving crimes against protected classes such as race, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation. Irregular.


CRM 411     Community Corrections   3

Prereq.:  CRM 300, CRM 322, and one elective from CRM 360-370 (all with grades of C-or higher). Examination of the use of community corrections in the United States. Topics will include pre-trial and post-sentencing programs such as bail administration, diversion programs, probation, parole, and alternatives to corrections. Irregular.


CRM 412     Crime Prevention  3

Prereq.:  CRM 300, CRM 322, and one elective from 360-370 (all with grades of C-or higher). Explores the theoretical basis and application of crime prevention techniques with a particular focus on environmental criminology and situational crime prevention. Ideological foundations of various crime prevention efforts are examined through case studies and limited fieldwork. Strong emphasis is placed on comparing and contrasting the situational/environmental crime prevention approach with traditional perspectives of crime. Strengths, weaknesses, practicality and policy difficulties of the situational/environmental approach are also examined. Irregular.

 

CRM 420     Current Issues in Criminal Justice Policy 3

Prereq.:  CRM 300, CRM 322, and one elective from CRM 360-370 (all with grades of C-or higher). Major issues and ethical considerations related to criminal justice policy and practices. Topics may include gun control, mandatory sentencing, death penalty, drug legalization and privatization. Irregular.


CRM 433     Independent Study in Criminal Justice     1 TO 3

Prereq.:  CRM 300, CRM 322, and one elective from CRM 360-370 (all with grades of C-or higher). Readings and research in selected areas of criminal justice. Student must present a written study proposal to the instructor directing the research prior to registering for the course. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits. On demand.


CRM 435     Supervised Field Studies in Criminal Justice I  3

Prereq.:  CRM 300, CRM 322, and one elective from CRM 360-370 (all with grades of C-or higher); and senior status and permission of internship coordinator.  Internship placement in a criminal justice setting under faculty direction and supervision. Corresponding class meetings and assignments are also required. Students must arrange for placement by contacting the internship director semester in advance. Fall, Spring, Summer.

 

CRM 450     Drugs and Society 3

Prereq.:  CRM 300, CRM 322, and one elective from 360-370 (all with grades of C-or higher). For graduate students, admission to the M.S. Criminal Justice Program and in good standing; or permission of the department chair.  Selected social issues relating to illegal drug use, including international and national drug trafficking, money laundering, drug enforcement, drug-related crimes, prevention strategies, and legalization. Majors only. Irregular. [GR]


CRM 460     Sexual Predators  3

Prereq.:  CRM 300, CRM 322, and one elective from 360-370 (all with grades of C-or higher). Traces sexually aggressive behavior from its etiology to its manifestation in offending to its impact on the victim to criminal justice system responses to the offender. Topics include profiles of various sex crimes, community supervision of sex offenders, and registration and community notification laws. Irregular.


CRM 475     Controlling Anger and Aggression    3

Prereq.:  CRM 300, CRM 322, and one elective from 360-370 (all with grades of C-or higher). For graduate students admission to the M.S. Criminal Justice Program and in good standing; or permission of department chair.  Multi-disciplinary overview of theory and research on anger and aggression. Topics include the emotion of anger, theories of aggression, and intervention strategies. Majors only. Irregular. [GR]

 

CRM 478     Current Topics in Criminal Justice  1 TO 3

Prereq.:  CRM 300, CRM 322, and one elective from 360-370 (all with grades of C-or higher). Analysis and evaluation of special topics in the general field of criminology and criminal justice. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Irregular.

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