Thursday, November 3, 2016

Spring 2017 Course Descriptions

Special Topics of Terrorism: Nexus of Terrorism & Crime
This course is designed to provide the students an understanding of the ongoing debate (and the implications of the different viewpoints) about the terror-crime nexus, especially about the extent to which it may extend to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (or CBRN) threats. It offers an introduction to the conflicting positions about the nature and scale of the collaboration between these different types of actors. In order for the course to explore the potential CBRN terror-crime nexus fully, the course will also examine the current status of terror-crime nexus in other areas such as narco-trafficking, antiquities smuggling, human trafficking, etc. While there are significant gray areas that leave room for multiple interpretations, the course is meant to help the students to form their own educated opinion and participate constructively in the dialogue. This course will challenge the students to consider emerging threats in the CBRN domain, providing indicators of concerning change and identifying nexus drivers and the actors more likely to collude.

CCJS332 SG91
Major Transitions: From Undergraduate to Professional
CCJS332 is a one-credit course designed to assist Criminology & Criminal Justice students explore and prepare for entering graduate school and/or the professional work world. Topics covered in the course include graduate school, law school, and careers in federal, state, and local agencies. Additionally, CCJS332 will incorporate job preparation skills including writing a resume, creating a cover letter, and preparing for an interview.

Cyber Investigations
This course is about cyber/network intrusion investigations and cyber security. It will provide an introduction to cyber attacks, cyber investigative methodologies and tools. Additionally, students will learn common methods used by malicious hackers and advanced persistent threat (APT) actors to compromise computers and networks. Students will learn how cyber investigators, incident response teams, and cyber security professionals use their expertise to triage, investigate, and prevent cyber/network intrusion attacks. Course topics will be reinforced through hands-on case studies and practical exercises covering recent cyber intrusion investigations. Previous completion of CCJS498I (Digital Forensics) is recommended and will assist students in this course, but it is not required.

CCJS498G is an introductory course designed to provide students with an historical analysis of gang formulation in the United States, the identification of gang trends and proliferation concerns and the examination of regional issues. Students will become familiarized with gang indicia, common misconceptions about gangs and how the permeation of gang violence impacts society and, as a result, criminal justice policy. An analysis of suppression, enforcement and education efforts used to combat gangs will be addressed. An examination of various ethnic gangs will be conducted.

Sexual Deviance and Crime
The ongoing concerns about sex crimes continue to pique interest in related issues, research, and therapies. The course offers a comprehensive survey of sex offenders and offenses, and includes coverage of the psychological profiling of sex offenders, the often-ritualistic crimes they commit, and the effect their actions have on victims. This course is intended to engage students' interest with a unique approach to sex crimes, deviance, and criminal behavior theory and analysis.

Ethics in Criminal Justice
A contemporary analysis of ethics within the criminal justice field.  Students will be introduced to the logic, philosophy and development of ethics throughout history leading into the criminal justice profession.  The foundations of ethical thinking will be explored including moral decision making, moral theory, consequentialism, regularianism, deontology and virtue theory.  A review of ethics as it pertains to the criminal justice field will be covered with emphasis on law, justice and rights.  Analysis of fictional and non-fictional cases will be reviewed and discussed as well as current ethical issues facing the criminal justice field. 

Crime Mapping
Crime Mapping & Crime Analysis is the overview of the Fundamentals of Crime Mapping with an understanding of the theories and relationships of crime occurrences using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software for mapping, analysis, forecasting and predicting crime trends that could assist law enforcement in decision making.

Politics and Crime
Crime and justice do not arise or exist in a vacuum, isolated from larger currents in society, politics, and culture. Politics & Crime will present a survey of the political context of criminal justice, examining the nature and effects of issues such as the U.S. Constitution, race and class, police unionization, and political ideologies.

Victim Advocacy
Students will be prepared to work in victim advocacy arenas, such as domestic violence shelters, crisis centers, crisis hotlines, and with state and county governments to assist crime victims in progressing through the criminal justice system and toward successful recovery. Course topics include history of the crime, victims’ rights movement in the United States, victims’ rights law in the United States, impact of crime on victims, navigating the justice system, legal terminology, communication with victims and survivors, direct services, community and grief counseling, crisis intervention, victimology, cultural and spiritual competence, ethics in victim services, developing resilience, and resources for victim advocates. It also covers counseling skills for victims of assault, battery, robbery, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, murder and homicide. This course provides for an Internship elective (3-6 credits) through the Forensic After Care Trauma Support (FACTS) program at Shady Grove Medical Center where students obtain a certification in Victim Advocacy and then provide victim services to survivors of child sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and elder abuse.

Comparative Justice
In this course, we will compare the criminal justice systems in several different foreign countries to each other and also to the criminal justice system in the United States.  In particular, we will study the systems in England, France, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Russia, China, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey.  The focus of our comparisons will be the countries’ systems of criminal procedure (i.e., the procedural rules governing law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges in criminal cases), although we also will briefly discuss criminal law (i.e., penal laws, including sentencing practices) in each country.  In addition to studying these various foreign countries, we also will study international criminal law tribunals (both past and present ones).  Students’ grades will be based on class participation and mid-term and final examinations, as well as on a term paper (discussed further below).

GVPT474 SG91
Political Parties
A descriptive and analytical examination of American political parties, nominations, elections, and political leadership.

PSYC353 SG91
Adult Psychopathology
This course will study the nature, diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of mental disorders.

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