This introductory course is designed to acquaint students with the collection and analysis of crime data, the activities of the components of the criminal justice system, and key criminological theories. Special attention is paid to the interrelationship among law enforcement, courts, and corrections as they work toward balancing public order and individual rights in an increasingly diverse society. Required of all Criminal Justice majors. Prerequisite or co-requisite: ENG 099 and RDG 093, if placements are not at college level, or Permission of Instructor.
An in-depth study and historical approach to the development and understanding of criminal law. A survey of the basic elements required to classify occurrences as crime. Classification of crimes with respect to the segments of society they affect. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
Women and Crime is designed to acquaint the student with issues affecting women involved in crime and the Criminal Justice System. The etiology, extent and nature of female crime will be discussed. The involvement of women in each phase of the criminal justice system from arrest, sentencing, and corrections will be studied. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
Designed to explore the interpersonal relations of police officers (male and female) as they deal with various unique and identifiable community ethnic and racial groups. The traditional role expectations of Law Enforcement will be assessed in light of changing community demands for protection and service. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
Historical background of security, nature and scope of private security functions in a modern society, the basic principles of physical security guard services - contract or proprietary, internal loss prevention, defensive systems, electronic devices, fire prevention and safety, the security function in the corporate structure, bomb procedures, hospital security, disaster planning, polygraph procedures, loss prevention and retail theft, career opportunities in the security profession. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
Investigative methodology in the field of crime, modus operandi, sources of information, crime scene search and recording, collection and preservation of physical evidence, interviews and interrogation, scientific aids, observation and description, case preparation, testimony in court. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
This course examines the nature, function, and causes of crime. Tracing the evolution of crime theory from the 18th Century to the present, focus is placed on the application of theory within the context of contemporary crime control policy, victimization and offender treatment within the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: CRJ 101 and ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
This course will explore the ethical issues that confront modern practitioners in the various criminal justice settings. Emphasis will be placed on recognizing and analyzing moral dilemmas confronting criminal justice professionals, both on an organizational and individual level, as well as determining responses to those complex and controversial dilemmas through an understanding of ethical theories, the development of ethical reasoning skills, and the application of appropriate standards and codes of conduct. Approaches to solving ethical dilemmas are applied to the reality of careers in a variety of criminal justice fields such as law enforcement and punishment and corrections, to the role of the prosecutor, defense counsel and judiciary in the administration of justice. Prerequisite: CRJ-101.
This course examines the justice system's practice of treating juveniles and adults differently. It addresses the physical, emotional, and social issues faced by juveniles in an increasingly diverse society. Students will study the major theories proposed as explanations of deviant and delinquent behavior, and will explore the use of theory as a foundation for policy and research. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
The main focus of CRJ 206 will be Family Court proceedings. It will explore the circumstances surrounding what happens to a youngster from being taken into custody to adjudication and placement. It will cover the child's passage from detention through Family Court proceedings, i.e., intake, probation and referral to community agencies. Types of placements will be explored, i.e., public vs. private institutions, their criteria for accepting children and the need for follow-up counseling and/or family therapy upon the youth's release and return to society. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
This course will explore the criminal justice system's response to crimes of sexual violence against both adults and juveniles, including the crimes of child sexual exploitation and the global sex trade industry. The various types of offenders and rehabilitative efforts will be discussed as will the role of law enforcement in all aspects of the investigation and the specific problems that arise in the process of adjudication. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
This course introduces the student to the study of terrorism. It will focus on both domestic and foreign varieties of this unique form of organizational crime and its implications for the American criminal justice system. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
A systematic exploration of theoretical and practical issues pertinent to organized criminal activity. The organizational structures of traditional and non-traditional groups are studied as well as the historical background beginning in the nineteenth century. The impact on law enforcement is thoroughly reviewed with special emphasis on illegal drug trafficking. The relationships between drug use and crime is examined from the legal and societal viewpoint. Additionally, the relationship between the political environment and organized crime, including the infiltration of legitimate business, is studied. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
A study of the scope, purpose, definition, and classification of crimes. Consideration is given to the more common offenses under the Penal Law. A concern for criminal intent, acts of omission and commission, arrest, and search and seizure, along with an introduction to the Criminal Procedure Law, is emphasized. The rules of evidence and their application to proper law enforcement will also be discussed. Prerequisite: Completion of CRJ 101 and ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
An examination of major issues and current problems that are associated with occupational and non-occupational criminal behavior. Public policy and methods of prevention are explored, and a review is conducted of various celebrated investigations which include examples of corporate crime, state authority crime and computer crime. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
The media has a significant impact on the criminal justice system. This course will investigate the interplay among various aspects of the media and the criminal justice system. Students will have the opportunity in class to examine products of the media that relate to police, courts and corrections. The media's portrayals of a diverse population and the subsequent impact on the functioning of the criminal justice system will be explored. The course will analyze the legal and ethical issues faced by both the media and the criminal justice system in the administration of justice in the United States. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
An examination of the impact of drugs on the criminal justice system including the police, courts and corrections. The history of drugs and alcohol prohibition will be studied within the context of traditional crime and organized crime. Other topics will include the drug problem in relationship to the crime rate, national criminal justice policy strategies and the infiltration of legitimate enterprises by criminal drug organizations. Students will research relevant topics and report their findings as well as their conclusions based upon their research. This course has a criminal justice focus and will not fulfill the New York state mandate for drug and AIDS education for teaching certification of education majors. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
This course focuses on the impact of crime on its victims and witnesses. Specific types of victims, witnesses, and crime will be studied, including homicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, child maltreatment, and elder abuse. This course requires the student to analyze restitution issues, the treatment of victims and witnesses by the criminal justice system, victims' rights legislation, and contemporary trends in the treatment of crime victims and witnesses. Prerequisite: Placement in ENG 103 and RDG 140/153, or Permission of Instructor.
This course focuses on the development, organization, and effectiveness of corrections. The legal rights of the probationer, the inmate, and the parolee are examined in detail, providing both the student and practitioner the basis for understanding future developments in corrections. Observations are made as to the effectiveness of modern rehabilitation techniques, obstacles to correctional progress, and strategic errors made in correctional reform. Students are taught to perceive and articulate ethical issues in corrections. Prerequisite: CRJ-101; ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
This course covers the history and development of law enforcement in modern society and the various systems of police control; philosophical aspects of police service with an overview of crime and police problems; the process of justice and constitutional limitations on law enforcement; organization and jurisdiction of local, state, and federal agencies; and a survey of professional career opportunities. Students are taught to employ ethical perspectives and judgments in applying this knowledge to related problems and changing fact situations. Prerequisite: CRJ-101; ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
This course focuses on computer based crime and cybercrime issues facing the American criminal justice system. The course explores computer based crime investigations, the importance of preserving and correctly interpreting digital evidence, the application of cybercrime laws and regulations along with the identification of emerging issues facing the legal system (Courts). Students will also examine the future trends of cybercrime and government responses. Prerequisite: CRJ 101.
Explores the entire scope of procedure and methods necessary in understanding the complex mechanism involved in the field of private investigation. Private Investigation will examine the world of the "private eye" and what laws govern these activities. An in-depth study will be made in intelligence gathering, the polygraph, records and reports, undercover work, surveillance, employing photography as evidence, and the use of actual case histories to illustrate various techniques available to the private investigator. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
This capstone course is the culmination of the criminal justice student's academic experience. It serves to synthesize the knowledge gained from each course taken within the criminal justice curriculum and better prepare the graduate to continue on to upper-division studies in the discipline or for entry-level career positions in the criminal justice system. Among other requirements, the student will develop and prepare a research project that will result in an end of semester presentation to the class. Prerequisites: Criminal Justice matriculation, Permission of Instructor and completion of 42 credits hours including all required Criminal Justice courses, ENG 103, ENG 104, and a Communication requirement.
Investigation methodology in the field of crime. Special attention is given to the various aspects of homicide investigation. Also covered is the area of organized crime, forgery, and white-collar crime. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
The collection, preservation, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence of various types, including latent fingerprints, footprints, tire tracks, tool marks, blood, hair, fabrics, etc.; narcotic identification, fingerprint classification, photography, spectrographic analysis, court presentation, and expert testimony. This course is designed to aid in the training of investigators. It does not qualify one as a criminalist or laboratory technician. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
This course covers the advanced microscopic and chemical methods of crime detection: DNA, drugs, explosives, poisons, ultraviolet and infrared examinations, advanced optical and instrumental methods of analysis. Special problems and topics of interest in criminalistics are also covered. Prerequisite: CRJ-101; ENG and RDG placement must be at college level or Permission of Instructor.
A practicum designed to broaden the educational experience of students through appropriate observational work assignments with governmental agencies and private firms. Students may choose to select an internship from either Law Enforcement, Corrections, or Community Service in related Justice agencies. Prerequisite: ENG and RDG placement must be at college level, and Permission of Instructor.
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