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Justice Policy (CRJ) Course Descriptions

CRJ 5073  Research Methods
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CRJ 3013 or equivalent.
Introduction to methodologies used in justice research. Topics include research design, sampling theory, data collection, measurement, and analysis.

CRJ 5083  Quantitative Analysis
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CRJ 5073 or equivalent.
Advanced practice in research design, quantitative techniques, and statistical software used in criminal justice research. Familiarizes students with conventions for statistical report writing and data presentation.

CRJ 5123  Justice Policy Formation and Implementation
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Detailed study of policy formation and implementation process, stakeholder networks, agenda setting, policy crafting, constituency building, consideration of alternatives, political decision making and resolution, short-term and long-term implementation issues, and role of evaluation and evaluators.

CRJ 5133  Management of Justice Organizations
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
The study of management theory, organizational dynamics, leadership and administration research related to public and private justice organizations, case studies and simulations of common administrative problems, operational policies, and implementation and evaluation.

CRJ 5323  Criminal Justice Program Evaluation
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CRJ 5083 or equivalent.
Introduction to program evaluation strategies and methods. Surveys implementation, process, and outcome evaluation research designs and the utilization of both quantitative and qualitative analytic techniques. Ethical dilemmas and real-world barriers common to evaluation are examined.

CRJ 6103  Seminar on Topics in Theory of Crime and Justice
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Consideration of selected topics related to the theory of crime and justice. Explores particular theories or perspectives of crime and its implications for justice policy. Topics may focus on traditional or emerging theories of crime and justice. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but no more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree.

CRJ 6113  Advanced Research Applications
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CRJ 5083 or equivalent.
Survey of multivariate statistical techniques. Advanced practice conducting quantitative analyses using criminal history, offender tracking, and other justice policy information systems. Introduction to problems of data manipulation and interpretation using common agency or other relevant databases.

CRJ 6123  Seminar on Topics in Research Methods
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CRJ 5083 or equivalent.
Study of qualitative or quantitative methods not addressed as part of the regular course offerings. Topics may include systems analysis in criminal justice, interrupted time-series analysis, and qualitative methods in criminal justice research. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but no more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree.

CRJ 6203  Seminar on Topics in Corrections Policy
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Consideration of selected topics in the field of corrections. Topics may include offender classification, case management, pretrial supervision, management of confinement facilities, juvenile justice, special needs populations, comparative corrections, offender re-entry, restorative justice, and criminal sanctions on individuals or corporations. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but no more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree.

CRJ 6213  Gender Issues in the Criminal Justice System
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to provide students with an overview of gender issues in the criminal justice system. The course integrates research design and both qualitative and quantitative methods to develop a graduate level understanding of gender and justice policy issues. Students will learn to examine issues and problems associated with changes in the representation of men and women in justice organizations, explore the internal/psychological and structural barriers to equal treatment of men and women in the justice system, as well as examine employment and policy decisions within a framework of traditional and nontraditional gender role expectations and justice system needs.

CRJ 6223  Ethics and the Practice of Social Control
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Survey of the major schools of ethics theory; sources of the ethical and philosophical foundations for justice, social control, and criminal justice functions; common ethical quandaries confronting formal agencies of social control; the role of law, facts, and values in ethical use of formal social control. Externalities related to operational, administrative, and political decision making.

CRJ 6233  Minorities in the Criminal Justice System
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the historical and contemporary differences and similarities in the study of minorities within the criminal justice system. The course integrates a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives used in the past to study minority issues and to empirically test the most important ideas concerning these topics. Topics for discussion may include the following: deviance, juvenile delinquency, substance use, gang membership, images of criminality, as well as involvement with police, courts, and correctional institutions.

CRJ 6303  Seminar on Topics in Policing and Crime Control
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Consideration of selected topics related to police and private sector crime control practices. Topics may include the roles, responsibilities and limitations of public and private enforcement; surveillance, use of force, minority relations, extralegal practices, labor relations, security operations, terrorism, and national security. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but no more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree.

CRJ 6343  Study Abroad: International Criminal Justice
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
A lecture/seminar course associated with a study abroad program related to the study of cross-cultural differences in crime and applications of criminal justice systems and practice. Involves international travel and field trips. May be repeated for credit when the destination country varies.

CRJ 6353  Jury Trials in American Jurisprudence
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Opportunity for advanced study of jury trials. Focus on readings and cases that impact jury selection, deliberations, outcomes, peremptory challenges, juror stress and jury nullification.

CRJ 6363  Paradigms of Justice Policy
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CRJ 5123 or equivalent.
Examination of the major paradigms of justice policy from early deistic and philosophical perspectives to modern and postmodern perspectives of social justice, and exploration of policy implications of these perspectives.

CRJ 6373  Crime Theory and Justice Policy
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Examination of theoretical perspectives on crime and their impact on justice policy. Includes progression of criminology as an interdisciplinary field, theory construction and evaluation, and approaches to preventing and controlling crime in the United States.

CRJ 6383 Capstone Course
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the 15 semester credit hours of core courses and a minimum of 9 semester credit hours of electives.
This course is designed to prepare students for the comprehensive examination and covers topics including but not limited to: Research Methods, Quantitative Analysis, Justice Policy Formation and Implementation, Management of Justice Organizations, and Crime Theory and Justice Policy. The grade report for the course is either “CR” (satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination) or “NC” (unsatisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination).

CRJ 6403  Seminar on Topics in Law, Society and Justice Policy
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Consideration of selected topics related to law and society issues. Topics may include decision making by groups or individuals, criminal law and courts, international law, sentencing reforms, and history of law. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but no more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree.

CRJ 6951,3  Independent Study
1 or 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the student’s Graduate Advisor of Record.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not usually available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but no more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree.

CRJ 6961  Comprehensive Examination
1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Approval of the Graduate Advisor of Record to take the Comprehensive Examination.
May be repeated as many times as approved by the Graduate Advisor of Record. Enrollment is required each term in which the Comprehensive Examination is taken if no other courses are being taken that term. The grade report for the course is either “CR” (satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination) or “NC” (unsatisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination).

CRJ 6991,3,6  Master’s Thesis
1, 3, or 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of the core courses (15 semester credit hours), and at least 9 semester credit hours of electives (for a total of 24 hours of graduate work), and permission of the Graduate Advisor of Record and Faculty Thesis Advisor.
Oral comprehensive examination, thesis preparation, and defense. May be repeated for credit but no more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree. Credit will be awarded upon successful completion of the thesis.

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