Graduate Catalog 2010-12

Criminal Justice

 

CJ 501             Proseminar on the Nature of Crime                                                         4
Prereq.:  Admission to the Criminal Justice Program or permission of department chair. Societal, legal, and cultural definitions of criminal behavior, theories of crime causation, and society's reaction to violation of law. Courses required as special condition for admission to the program must be completed or taken concurrently. Fall.

CJ 510             Proseminar on Law and Social Control                                                   3
Prereq.: Admission to the Criminal Justice program or permission of department chair. Law as a means of social control, including history and philosophy of law, the interrelationship between law and other social institutions, such as the economy and the polity, and the effects of law and criminal justice policies on the preservation and promotion of inequalities based on social class, race, gender, and ethnic identity. Courses required as special condition for admission to the program must be completed or taken concurrently. Spring.

CJ 520             Proseminar on the Administration of Justice                                          3
Prereq.: Admission to the Criminal Justice program or permission of department chair. Critical analysis of the purpose and efficacy of those institutions which comprise the criminal justice system. Includes an exploration of discretion, ethics, and cultural diversity in criminal justice. Courses required as special condition for admission to the program must be completed or taken concurrently. Fall.

CJ 525             Program Planning and Evaluation                                                            3
Prereq.: CJ 501 or 510 or 520; admission to the M.S. Criminal Justice Program and in good standing; or permission of the department chair. Planning and evaluating programs which encourage pro-social behavior of convicted offenders, with emphasis on programs in correctional institutions. Program areas include education, vocational training, substance abuse treatment, parenting, and anger management. Spring.

CJ 530             Offender Profiles                                                                                        3
Prereq.: CJ 501 or 510 or 520 and admission to the M.S. Criminal Justice Program and in good standing; or permission of the department chair. Provides students with the background and practical knowledge to identify different types of mental illness and personality styles most often encountered among offenders, including sociopathy, poor impulse control, addictive personality, and poor management of anger and aggression. Fall.

CJ 533             Research Methods in Criminal Justice                                                      4
Prereq.: Admission to the Criminal Justice program or permission of department chair. Examines methods of scientific inquiry as used in criminal justice. Topics include experimental and non-experimental design, survey research, evaluation research, scaling, sampling and coding. Courses required as special condition for admission to the program must be completed or taken concurrently. Spring.

CJ 534             Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice Research                                 4
Prereq.:  CJ 533 and admission to the M.S. Criminal Justice Program and in good standing; or permission of the department chair. Analysis of quantitative criminal justice data using compute applications. Spring.

CJ 535             Correctional Counseling                                                                            3
Prereq.: CJ 501 or 510 or 520 and admission to the M.S. Criminal Justice Program and in good standing; or permission of the department chair. Overview of techniques of counseling as applied to the criminal/juvenile offender. Treatment issues focus on relapse prevention, group treatment, cognitive distortions, and negative imagery. Also included are typologies and evaluation of risk levels. Irregular.

CJ 539             Delinquency and Control                                                                           3
Prereq.: CJ 501 or 510 or 520 and admission to the M.S. Criminal Justice Program and in good standing; or permission of department chair. Study of juvenile delinquency from theoretical, conceptual, and legal perspectives. Attention given to nature and extent of delinquency and suspected causes of youthful misbehavior. Policy issues, control initiatives, and relevant research are critically analyzed. Irregular.

CJ 560             Sexual Offending                                                                                         3
Prereq.:  CJ 501 or CJ 510 or CJ 520 and admission to the Criminal Justice Graduate Program and in good standing or permission of department chair. Explores theories of sex offending, subtypes of sex offenders, assessment practices with sex offenders, models of sex offender treatment, and criminal justice strategies to reduce recidivism. Irregular.

CJ 573             Managing Criminal Justice Employees           3
Prereq.:  CJ 501 or 510 or 520; admission to the Criminal Justice Program and in good standing; or permission of the department chair. Analysis of methods and strategies for managing human resources in criminal justice organizations. Topics include recruitment and selection, job analysis and classification, performance appraisal, training and development, employee unions, and workplace trends in criminal justice agencies. Irregular.

CJ 575          Developing Criminal Justice Organizations           3
Prereq.: CJ 501 or 510 or 520 and admission to the M.S. Criminal Justice Program and in good standing; or permission of department chair. Development, implementation and assessment of planned change in criminal justice organizations and system affiliates. Emphasis on the action research model, including assessment of organizational needs, determination of goals; program design, implementation, and evaluation within the context of both paramilitary and non-paramilitary structures. Spring.

CJ 577             Advanced Independent Reading and Research in Criminal Justice           1-3
Prereq.: Admission to the M.S. Criminal Justice Program or permission of department chair. Individual program of reading and research conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.  May be repeated with different topics for up to 6 credits. On demand.

CJ 578             Special Topics in Criminal Justice                                                           3
Prereq.: Admission to the M.S. Criminal Justice Program or permission of department chair. Study of a specialized area of research or theory in criminal justice.  May be repeated with different topics for up to 6 credits. Irregular.

CJ 580             Public Policy in the Criminal Justice System                                            3
Prereq.: CJ 501 or 510 or 520 and admission to the M.S. Criminal Justice Program and in good standing; or permission of department chair. Survey of the major theoretical and empirical studies of public policy as they relate to criminal justice agencies, including policy analysis models; typologies of policy outcomes; agenda setting; and policy formulation, implementation and impact. Irregular.

CJ 597             Agency Collaborative Project                                                                    3
Prereq.:  CJ 533, completion of 21 credits of approved graduate study, admission to the M.S. Criminal Justice Program and in good standing. Preparation of a research project (Plan C) within a criminal justice agency under the supervision of an agency and faculty advisor. The research project may be initiated by the agency or the student, and may involve such activities as program development, program evaluation, and instrument validation. Major research paper required upon completion of the agency project.

CJ 599             Thesis                                                                                                           3
Prereq.: CJ 533, completion of 21 credits of approved graduate study (or permission of thesis advisor), and a 3.00 overall GPA. Preparation of the thesis under the supervision of a thesis advisor. On demand.

 

 

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