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Courses

Core Courses

CJS 190 Introduction to Crime and the Justice System
3 credits
An introductory course that familiarizes the student with the basic history, structure, function, and problems associated with the criminal justice system. We will examine a variety of general and specific controversies associated with the contemporary criminal justice system in order to develop a critical perspective on the nature of justice and society's response to behavior that has been labeled as criminal.

CJS 205 Social Theory
Prerequisite:  CJS 190
This course is designed to teach the theoretical foundations necessary for the critical study of crime and justice.  The course will cover a range of theories focusing on those that assist in a critique of problems of power in matters of crime and justice.

CJS 257 Foundations in Justice Studies
3 credits
Prerequisite: CJS 190
Explores the meaning of justice across a variety of contexts.  The aim of this course is to develop historical, structural, social, and ethical analyses of justice applicable to contemporary social issues, institutional case studies, and social processes.  Contradictions between theory and practice are highlighted.  

CJS 258 A History of Criminology  
3 credits
Prerequisite: CJS 190
The history of criminology through a study of the theorists who comprise the field’s three dominant schools of thought: Classical Criminology, Positivism and Critical Criminology. Students will be introduced to critical deconstructions of each paradigm through a fourth school of thought: Anti-Colonial Criminology. The historical and political contexts of each theory and theorist will be emphasized to highlight the impact criminology has on policy, society and human relations.  

CJS 315 Research Methods   
3 credits
Prerequisite: CJS 258 and Junior standing; CJS majors only
Introduces students to both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research design and analysis. The goal of the course is to help students become competent at conducting and critiquing social research.

CJS 380 Abolitionism  
3 credits                        
Prerequisite: CJS 258 and upper class standing
An in-depth examination of the theoretical formulations, social movement contexts, and political praxes for the study of crime and justice. This will be pursued through a study of abolitionism across a variety of historical contexts and institutional and community settings in order to facilitate incisive critical thought on the most pressing social problems of our time.  
    
CJS 400 Contemporary Topics in Justice   
3 credits
Prerequisites: Senior standing; CJS major or permission of instructor
Selected topics of contemporary relevance in the field of Crime and Justice studies. Active discussions, mini-lectures, field simulations, student presentations, role-playing, guest speakers, and field observations may be utilized. A significant research paper will be required.

CJS 450 Internship
3 credits
Prerequisites: Senior standing; CJS major or permission of instructor
Students registering for this course are assisted in finding placements in relevant positions in the community, where their work will be supervised by an on-site sponsor working in conjunction with the faculty member.


Crime and Justice Studies Electives

Students must take four (4) electives. These include the following, as well as any CJS 300-level course that may be developed, as well as 300-level courses that may be cross-listed with CJS.

CJS 311 Youth, Crime and Justice  
3 credits
Prerequisites: CJS 258 or permission of instructor; Upper class standing
Considers the problems surrounding the legal definition and handling of juveniles who confront the law as offenders, clients and victims. Attention is given to the development and behaviors of the child/adolescent population and to the most significant directions of legal and social change affecting youth in our society.

CJS/BLS 314 Social Control
3 credits
Prerequisites: Upper class standing
A critical examination of social control in contemporary societies. This course connects the theoretical constructs of control with current practices of policing, imprisonment and crime control.  Study may include the work of Michel Foucault, Joy James, George Jackson and others,

CJS/WGS 321 Women and the Criminal/Legal System
3 credits
Prerequisites: CJS 258 or WGS 201; Upper class standing
This course explores the impact that women have on the criminal justice system, as well as the impact that the system has upon women. This course will serve to provide an alternative to the traditional focus of criminal justice courses.  It explores issues relevant to understanding the experiences of women and girls as both offenders and victims, as well as practitioners in the criminal and legal systems.
 
CJS/WGS 324  Gender, Crime and In-Justice
3 credits
Prerequisites: CJS 258 or WGS 201; Upper class standing
An examiniation of the relationship(s) between gender and criminal offending; detection of and societal reaction to that offending; and victimization. We will look at the role gender and gendered experiences play in creating, legitimating, and perpetuating the fear of crime; on masculinity and the role it plays in defining offenders and victims, and on the unique challenges gender variation raises in the context of the criminal and legal systems.

CJS/BLS 339 Racism, Crime and Justice
3 credits
Prerequisite: Upper class standing
An historic and contemporary overview of the relationship between white supremacy and the contemporary visions of 'justice'. We focus on the political economies of race and punishment and highlight the relationships between racism, classism and hetero-patriarchy as they have become institutionalized through the criminal justice system.

CJS 340 Law and Society
3 credits
Prerequisite: CJS 190; Upper class standing
A study of the role of law in societies and an investigation of problems in the sociology of law, lawmaking processes, and administration of justice.  Comparative analysis of legal systems and their administration.
    
CJS 342 Construction of Crime Types and Behaviors
3 credits
Prerequisite: CJS 258; Upper class standing
Sociological approaches to the study of crime typologies. Criminal behavior is best explained when broken down into types. After discussing the construction of types of crimes, there will be an exploration of the systems within which criminal behavior develops.

CJS 350 Readings in Crime and Justice Studies
3 credits
Prerequisites and topics will vary.
    
CJS/POL 366  Justice and Policy
3 credits
Prerequisites: Upper class standing
An exploration of public policy in a criminological context.  The causes and consequences of public policy will be explored to demonstrate the complexity of the relationships between criminological knowledge, policy and practice.

CJS/BLS 368 Politics of Policing
3 credits
Prerequisites: Upper class standing
An examination of policing in the social, historical, and political contexts in which it arises, is contested, and is reproduced.  We consider policing in terms of the state apparatus of law enforcement and criminal justice, but also in terms of the role of civil society.  We examine the history of policing in North America and its formation within the politics of race, class, gender, sex, and nation.  

CJS 370  Criminal Law and Procedure
3 credits
Prerequisites: CJS 190; upper class standing
The study of criminal law and procedure as defined by the constitution and the courts. This course is designed to familiarize students with the law as it pertains to the work of the criminal justice system and exposes students to case law. Written case briefs are used as an instructional method.

CJS 372 Peace Studies
3 credits
Prerequisites: CJS 257; upper class standing
An introduction to peace studies – an interdisciplinary field that considers questions such as: how can human conflicts be resolved in ways that promote justice and peace?  Participants in the class will explore a broad range of historical examples of ways that people have responded creatively to situations of violence and injustice, and from this study, construct their own understandings of creative response to conflict.

CJS 374 Transformative Justice
3 credits
Prerequisites: CJS 258; Upper class standing
Historical and contemporary criminological perspectives as they apply to victims and victimization. Special emphasis will be placed on the inter-relationships that exist between victims and offenders.  The course will deal with victimization theories and address the role victim interest groups play in the implementation of socio-political criminal justice policies.

CJS 386 Prison Industrial Complex  
3 credits
Prerequisites: Upper class standing
An investigation of how the political, social, and economic interests that converge on the site of the prison determine criminal justice policy. This course is a study in the cultural and political economic dimensions of structural violence, with the prison system as the illustrative case study.


Other Crime and Justice Studies Offerings

CJS 196 Directed Study
variable credits
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and Chair
Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area covered in a regular course not currently being offered.  Conditions and hours to be arranged. 

CJS 296  Directed Study
variable credits
Conditions and hours to be arranged
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and Chair
Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area covered in a regular course not currently being offered.  Conditions and hours to be arranged

CJS 298  Experience Program
variable credits
Prerequisites: At least sophomore standing; permission of the instructor, Department Chairperson, and College Dean
Work experience supervised for academic credit by a faculty member. For specific procedures and regulations, see section of catalogue on Other Learning Experiences. Graded CR/NC

CJS 396  Directed Study
variable credits
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and Chair
Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area covered in a regular course not currently being offered.  Conditions and hours to be arranged.

CJS 492  Thesis Research I
3 credits
Research project under independent faculty supervision, by permission. May be taken in sequence with 493 over 2 semesters for a total of 6 credits.

CJS 493  Thesis Research II
3 credits
Research project under independent faculty supervision, by permission. May be taken in sequence with 492 over 2 semesters for a total of 6 credits.

CJS 495  Independent Study
variable credits
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing; permission of instructor and Chair
Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area not otherwise part of the discipline’s course offerings.  Conditions and hours to be arranged.

CJS 496  Directed Study
variable credits
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and Chair
Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area covered in a regular course not currently being offered.  Conditions and hours to be arranged.

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