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201-3: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System. [IAI Course: CRJ 901] A survey of the agencies and processes involved in the administration of criminal justice including underlying ideologies, procedures, fundamental legal concepts, and the roles and functions of police, courts, and correctional services.

203-3: Crime, Justice and Social Diversity. (University Core Curriculum) Examination of how social heterogeneity and inequality influence the processes involved in the definition and regulation of behavior through law, particularly the criminal law. Factors such as race, ethnicity, gender and class are related to definitions of crime and justice, and to the likelihood of being the victim of crime. The differential influence of the operations and outcomes of the criminal justice system on diverse groups in U.S. society is emphasized.

290-3: Introduction to Criminological Theory. [IAI Course: CRJ 912] A multidisciplinary study of the etiology and patterning of offender behavior and crime.

302-3: Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration. An introduction to the principles of administration and organization of criminal justice agencies. Prerequisite: CCJ 201 and 290 or consent of instructor.

303-3: Criminal Investigation. An introduction to the fundamentals of the modern criminal investigative process, the application of current forensic technologies, and the subsequent identification and court processes used to bring suspects to justice.

306-3: Policing in America. An examination of the police as part of society’s official control apparatus. Major topics include historical development of the police, role of the police in the criminal justice system, functions and effectiveness of the police, and the relationship of the police to the communities they serve. Prerequisite: CCJ 201 and 290 or consent of instructor.

310-3: Introduction to Criminal Law. (Same as Paralegal Studies 315) An examination of the general principles that apply to all criminal offenses and the specific elements of particular crimes that prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt.  Topics include actus reus, mens rea, concurrence, causation, and harmful result; the defenses of justification and excuse; the doctrines of complicity and inchoate (unfinished) crimes; and the elements of major crimes against persons, property, habitation, public order and morals, and the state.

316-3: Introduction to Criminal Justice Research. A basic introduction to the scientific perspective, relationship of research and theory, research design, measurement issues, reporting of research, and program evaluation. Emphasis on problems peculiar to criminological research. Satisfies the CoLA Writing-Across-the-Curriculum requirement.  Prerequisite:  CCJ201 and 290 or consent of instructor.

317-3: Introduction to Criminal Justice Statistics. A survey of techniques to analyze the types of data used in criminal justice and criminological research. The class has a ‘practitioner’ orientation, emphasizing how to understand, interpret, and use statistics. A variety of widely used techniques will be covered, including descriptive, univariate, and bivariate analyses. Prerequisite: CCJ 201, 290, and 316 or consent of instructor.

320-3: Prosecution and Adjudication. An examination of the structure and process involved in the prosecution, adjudication, and sentencing of criminal defendants. The exercise of prosecutorial and judicial discretion is analyzed, with emphasis placed on understanding the influence of legal, organizational, and environmental contexts on decision-making. Prerequisite: CCJ 201 and 290 or consent of instructor.

325-3: Special Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice. An in-depth study of topics selected from current issues in criminology and criminal justice.  Examples include “media and crime,” “international comparisons of criminal justice,” “qualitative criminology,” and “environmental criminology.” May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

330-3: Ethics in Criminal Justice. An examination of the major ethical systems and their application to issues in criminal justice and the behavior of criminal justice practitioners in police, courts and corrections. Prerequisite: CCJ 201 and 290 or consent of instructor.

340-3: Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice. A comparative exploration of crime, law and criminal justice systems in different societies around the world. Transnational crime and criminal justice are also discussed. General patterns and trends are explored, with specific exemplarily cases examined.

344-3: Drug Abuse and the Criminal Justice System. A comprehensive study of types of drugs, drug impact on the American culture, legal and illegal uses of drugs, offenses related to drug abuse, reaction of the criminal justice system to drugs and drug abusers, and the treatment and prevention programs coping with drug abuse.

350-3: Introduction to Private Security. An examination of the roles and functions of proprietary and contract security, loss prevention, and asset protection measures in the private sphere. Emphasis is placed on examining contemporary events and factors, which influence how, when, and why security measures can be applied and measuring their contribution and effectiveness.

360-3: Law and Social Control. An introduction to key social science theories and research traditions in the study of law and non-legal social control.  Explores patterns and dynamics of law as an instrument and outcome of social control, and the processes and structures underlying law as an outcome and instrument of social change.

370-3: Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism. (Same as POLS 370) Using an interdisciplinary social science perspective, an analysis of the history, sources and consequences of domestic and international terrorism and the response by policymakers. Topics include tactics, goals, recruitment and financing of terrorists; the use of military force and legal institutions in dealing with terrorism; comparison of different state responses to terrorism; and international law, human rights, and counter-terrorism.

374-3: Juvenile Justice. [IAI Course: CRJ 914] An examination of the statutory bases which distinguish delinquency from adult crime and the juvenile justice system from the criminal justice systems. Emphasis placed on the rationale for treating juveniles accused of crime differently than their adult counterparts. Assesses the distinct juvenile justice system that has evolved in the U.S. to prevent and respond to juvenile offending.

384-3: Introduction to Corrections. [IAI Course: CRJ 911] An examination of the historical context, philosophical concepts, and major developments which have shaped corrections in the United States. Various sentencing options, correctional approaches and programs, the role of corrections in the larger criminal justice system, and contemporary correctional issues are examined. Prerequisites: CCJ 201 and 290 or consent of instructor.

390-1 to 6: Readings in Criminology and Criminal Justice. In-depth, introductory and advanced readings in areas not covered in other Criminology and Criminal Justice courses. The student must submit a statement describing the topic and relevant reading materials to the faculty member sponsoring the student’s readings. May re-enroll for a maximum of six credits. (Maximum 3 semester hours per term) Prerequisite: CCJ 201, 290 and consent of instructor.

395-3 to 15: Supervised Field Experiences in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Familiarization and direct experience in applied settings. Under supervision of faculty and adjunct staff, the student assumes a student-participant role in the criminal justice agency. Student must submit internship application during the first thirty days of the preceding spring, summer, or fall semester. Mandatory pass/fail. Restricted to CCJ major. CCJ student may participate in only one internship under the CCJ395 designation. Prerequisites: CCJ 201, 290, and 12 additional hours of Criminology and Criminal Justice courses at SIU Carbondale; minimum GPA of 2.75 overall and in CCJ courses through the semester prior to the internship experience, and consent of instructor.

408-3: Criminal Procedure. An introduction to the procedural aspects of criminal law pertaining to police powers in connection with the laws of arrest, search and seizure, the exclusionary rule, civil liberties, eaves-dropping, confessions, and related decision-making factors. Prerequisite: CCJ 201, 290, and 316 or consent of instructor.

410-3: Policing Communities. A study of the theories underlying modern police reform, how these theories have altered practice, the challenges of implementing and sustaining police reform, and the outcomes of such efforts. Prerequisites: CCJ 201, 290, and 316, or consent of instructor.

411-3: Assessment of Offenders. An examination of the theories, application, and research relevant to the identification, evaluation, and treatment planning for offenders under supervision by probation, parole, prison, and other community-based correctional organizations. The course also reviews the evidence of effectiveness associated with classification and assessment tools. Prerequisites: CCJ 201, 290, and 316, or consent of instructor.

415-3: Prevention of Crime and Delinquency. Multidisciplinary analysis of the functions, goals, and effectiveness of measures to forestall delinquency and crime. Etiology of delinquent behaviors as related to community institutions such as police, courts, corrections, mental health clinics, schools, churches, and citizen groups. Prerequisite: CCJ 201, 290 and 316, or consent of instructor.

418-3: Criminal Violence. An examination of historical, comparative, cultural and social structural aspects of homicide, robbery, rape and assaults. Explores patterns, trends, and key correlates. Prerequisite: CCJ 201, 290 and 316, or consent of instructor.

460-3: Women, Crime, and Justice. (Same as SOC 461 and WGSS 476) A study of women as offenders, as victims, and as workers in the criminal justice system.

461-3: White-Collar Crime. An examination of the physical and financial harm caused by wayward corporations and business employees from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Emphasis is placed on ethics, theory, legal decision-making, and the regulatory monitoring and control of illegal corporate activity.

462-3: Victims of Crime. (Same as SOC 462) An examination of the extent and nature of victimization, theories about the causes of victimization, the effects of crime on victims and services available to deal with those effects, victims’ experiences in the criminal justice system, the victims’ rights movement, and alternative ways of defining and responding to victimization.

473-3: Juvenile Delinquency. (Same as SOC 473) An in-depth study of theories of delinquency, analytical skills in studying the delinquent offenders, systematic assessment of efforts at prevention, and control and rehabilitation in light of theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite: CCJ 201, 290 and 316 or consent of instructor.

480-3: Effective Correctional Practices. (Same as PSYC 480) Exploration and evaluation of correctional intervention strategies developed for the sentencing of adjudicated persons. Particular emphasis on examining empirical research literature on effective correctional practices, including programs currently implemented in institutional setting, alternatives to institutional corrections, and community based programs. Prerequisites: CCJ 201, 290, 316, and 384, or consent of instructor.

490-1 to 6: Independent Study in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Supervised readings or independent research projects in various aspects of crime control, treatment of offenders, and the management of criminal justice programs and agencies. May re-enroll for a maximum of six credits (Maximum 3 semester hours per term).  Prerequisite: CCJ 201, 290 and 316 and consent of instructor.

492-3: Contemporary Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice. A forum, geared toward seniors majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice that focuses on criminal justice issues of concern to students and faculty. May re-enroll for a maximum of 6 credits. (Maximum 3 semester hours per term) Satisfies the CoLA Writing-Across-the Curriculum requirement. Prerequisite: CCJ 201, 290, 316, or consent of instructor. Past topics include: Crime and Place, Consequences of Mass Incarceration, Myth-busting in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Race and Crime.