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CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDIES

   COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

 

CCJ-1010 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY

3 Credits
Focuses on the complex factors related to crime in America, including basic issues, scope, and economic impact.

 

CCJ-1020 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE

3 Credits
Covers the historical and philosophical backgrounds of criminal justice agencies and examines the development of the courts, correctional agencies, and law enforcement processes. Topics include the Supreme Court, the 14th Amendment, individual rights, and requirements and opportunities in the law enforcement and correctional fields.

 

CCJ-1488 ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

3 Credits
This course is a practical overview of key issues, questions, and concepts in applied ethics in the field of criminal justice.   The course will include the historical development of ethical theories, morality and law, and ethical decision making in law enforcement, courts, and corrections.

 

CCJ-2013 INTRODUCTION TO VICTIMOLOGY

3 Credits
This course is about victims of crime. It provides an introductory level review of the many facets of criminal victimization and the efforts to assist crime victims. The course covers a wide range of topics including trends and interpretations of victimization research, laws, programs, and services, the emotional and social impact of crime, victim rights and restitution and the extent of participation by victims in the criminal justice process

 

CCJ-2111 INTRODUCTION TO THEORIES OF CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR

3 Credits
This course presents the major theoretical explanations of crime and criminal behavior. The course focuses on the historical development of criminological theory based on various definitions of crime. The primary purpose of this course is to provide a clear overview of the major academic explanations (or theories) that dominate criminology in an effort to clarify what is known about crime based upon empirical research. To this end, this course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of historical and current criminological perspectives, as these are the foundations upon which both criminological research and public policy are based.

 

CCJ-2191 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

3 Credits
This course provides a study of human nature and the peculiarities of human behavior and how it relates to crime and delinquency with emphasis on how this behavior relates to the duties and responsibilities of the criminal justice practitioner. This course will emphasize abnormal behavior and how criminal justice practitioners should react with primary emphasis on the behavioral aspects of people in crisis situations and how criminal justice practitioners should respond. The course will deal with issues of police crisis intervention and crisis management.

 

CCJ-2600 CRIMINAL DEVIANT BEHAVIOR IN SOCIETY

3 Credits

Studies the various deviant behaviors with which criminal justice practitioners interact daily. Topics include the nature of deviance, sexual deviance, alcoholism, drug addiction, mental illness, violence, and suicide.  

 

CCJ-2610 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL TYPOLOGIES

3 Credits
The primary goal of this course is for students to recognize and understand the utility of constructing typologies as a precursor to understanding criminal behavior. Students will review the differences in varying patterning of criminality.

 

CCJ-2618 FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
3 Credits

This course is an examination of the psychology of human behavior as it relates to crime.   The student will be introduced to psychopathology, the sexually violent offender, and serial murder. The student will also examine violent juvenile offenders and the process of psychological conditioning which allows them to commit violent criminal acts.  The student will also be introduced to criminal profiling.
 


CCJ-2648 ORGANIZED CRIME
3 Credits

This course involves an examination of organized crime, including its history, structures, activities and government efforts to control it.


CCJ-2671
RACE, GENDER, AND ETHNICITY IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
3 Credits

Discrimination and disparities have long been points of interest and discontent in the field of criminal justice. This course looks on the impact of race and ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality in criminal justice.  These four factors affect the administration of justice for offenders, and also impact the career of the criminal justice professional.  The goal of the course is to broaden our understanding of diversity and discrimination in criminal justice.

  


CCJ-2685 DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE
3 Credits

This Course is designed to examine the various expressions of violence within the family structure, including child abuse, spouse and partner abuse, and elder abuse. Topics will also include sexual abuse, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic homicide.  Topics will include the psychological and social causes of domestic and sexual violence, recognizing its signs, and studying its effect on its victims as well as programs and policies for prevention and treatment.

 

 

CCJ-2720 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH METHODS
3 Credits

The primary goal of this course is for students to recognize and understand the basics of research structure within the criminal justice and criminology disciplines.  Upon successful completion of this course, students will have an understanding of the social scientific approach which includes the fundamental concepts of ethics, research design, data collection and analysis, and finally interpretation.

 

CCJ-2910 DIRECTED RESEARCH

3 Credits
An individualized study project which applies the objective approach in the observation and reporting of information relating to social problems, with a focus on understanding and interpreting data, as well as basic statistics. Documented research paper required and must relate to a criminal justice subject area.
Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Majors only
Instructor permission is required – Students must complete Application prior to registering.

 

CCJ-2934 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

3 Credits
This course will offer an extensive examination of selected contemporary issues in criminal justice.

 

CCJ-2935-9  SEMINAR ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE ISSUES

3 Credits
Focuses on selected topics and issues not usually covered in other courses.   Students can take the Seminars class more than once as long as the topic and course number are different.

 

CCJ-2940 CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTERNSHIP

3 Credits
Provides an opportunity for the student with no criminal justice experience to observe the criminal justice system in operation. The student will be expected to compare classroom theory with the day-to-day operation of the criminal justice agency and the roles and responsibilities of the professional in the field. The student will be required to spend a total of 100 clock hours, spread over the semester, in the agency.
Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Majors only
Instructor permission is required – Students must complete Application prior to registering.
Note:
Students cannot take both CCJ-2940 and CCJ-2949

 

CCJ-2949 CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIELD STUDIES

3 Credits
This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn about and observe the operations of various criminal justice agencies.  Students will be expected to compare classroom theory with the day-to-day operations of various criminal justice agencies and the roles and responsibilities of their professionals in the field.   The course will include classroom lectures and projects, agency ride-alongs, facility tours, court observations, and interviewing and shadowing agencies members.  In addition to limited classroom meetings, the student will also be required to spend a total of 100 clock hours, spread over the semester, in the field observing various agencies.
Prerequisites:
Criminal Justice Majors only
Instructor permission is required – Students must complete Application prior to registering.
Note:
Students cannot take both CCJ-2949 and CCJ-2940

     

CJC-1000 INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS

3 Credits
Provides an introduction to the historical, theoretical and objective understanding of crime, the offender and the correctional process in society. Topics include custodial procedures and theory, correctional treatment, and basic social systems in relation to crime problems.

 

CJC-2162 PROBATION AND PAROLE

3 Credits
Explores the history, functions, purposes, and operations of community corrections programs within the criminal justice system, which provide diversion, supervision and treatment of offenders. This course reviews the theories and practices of probation and parole within a community setting. The principles and methods of probation and parole systems at federal, state and local levels, court procedures, the role of the probation and parole officers and their associates in the rehabilitation process will be covered.

 

CJC-2940 CRIMINAL JUSTICE PRACTICUM - BASIC CORRECTIONS ACADEMY

9 Credits
Articulated Credits granted to students who successfully completed an FDLE state mandated certification training program in Corrections (Compliance with Articulation Agreement Required)

 

CJE-1000 INTRODUCTION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

3 Credits
An in-depth study of the Police in America, state, local, and federal, including structure, duties and roles. The course will include topics such as police history, organization, community relations, and ethics.

 

CJE-1640 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINALISTICS

3 Credits
This course explains and discusses the crime laboratory and its procedures, functions and duties. Crime scene procedures and techniques for locating, preserving and securing evidence will also be discussed. Selected laboratory techniques and procedures such as comparison and identification of tool markings, blood, hair, fibers, drugs, chemicals, photographs, firearms, ballistics and documents will be explained.

 

CJE 1642c INTRODUCTION TO CRIME SCENE TECHNOLOGY

3 Credits
This course explains and discusses the basic scientific techniques used in criminal investigation with emphasis on the role of the crime scene investigator. This course will focus on such areas as recording the crime scene, collecting and preserving physical evidence, and the examination of evidence. The techniques used by the crime scene investigator to collect, protect, process, and analyze crime scene evidence will be explored.
Lab Course – Lab Fees Apply

 

CJE-1643c ADVANCED CRIME SCENE TECHNOLOGY

3 Credits
This course explains and discusses advanced principals and theories in Crime Scene Technology. This course will cover specialized collection procedures for biological evidence, weapons, traffic crash evidence, arson evidence, gun shot residue, blood spatter and bodies.
Prerequisites:
CJE 1640: Introduction to Criminalistics
CJE 1642c: Introduction to Crime Scene Technology
Lab Course – Lab Fees Apply

 

CJE-1653 INTRODUCTION TO CRIME ANALYSIS AND INTELLIGENCE
3 Credits

This course involves an introduction to the field of crime analysis.  The course will provide the student with an overview of basic criminal intelligence and investigative analysis techniques in modern law enforcement.  The course will include Geographic Information Systems and Crime Mapping Techniques. 

Students taking this course will need a basic understand understanding of the criminal justice system and some understanding of computer applications.


CJE-1680 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER CRIMES

3 Credits
This course will provide the student with an overview of crimes involving the use of computer technology and the internet. The course will cover how computer related crimes are committed and how computer related crimes are investigated. Topics covered will include computer crime scene management and the legal issues involved in the prosecution of computer crimes will also be explored.

 

CJE-2004 CAREER CHOICES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

1 Credit
This course will expose the students to the diversity of requirements and career opportunities within the criminal justice system. This course will provide the students with an understanding of the different agencies within the criminal justice system including police, courts and corrections. This course will cover all levels of agencies including city, county, state and federal. The course will also cover careers related to criminal justice including juvenile justice, private investigation and security, and bail bonds agents. The course will cover the roles of these agencies and employment opportunities and provide students with information on law enforcement academies, strategies for job searching, resumes and job interviews.

 

CJE-2170 COMPARATIVE POLICE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS

3 Credits
This course will survey contemporary foreign law enforcement and criminal justice systems. This course will compare and contrast selected foreign systems with those of the United This course will include a study of the operational and philosophical differences between the various cultural and legal systems studied.

 

CJE-2233 DRUG ABUSE AND CRIME

3 Credits
This course will introduce students to the negative effects of drugs, alcohol, and other substance abuse. This course will cover the problems created by the illegal use of narcotics and other dangerous substances and its relationship to criminal behavior. This course will emphasize the criminal implications and control of drug and substance abuse as well as touching on the social and historical implications.

 

CJE-2300 POLICE ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATION

3 Credits
Provides an introduction to the principles of law enforcement, organization and supporting services as they apply to staff functions, personnel recruiting, training, promotions, planning, research, inspection, control, and policy formation. Topics include functions of patrol, criminal investigation, vice control units, juvenile bureau, intelligence, sections, detection facilities, supply and transportation.

 

CJE-2400 POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS

3 Credits
Focuses on the relationship of criminal justice agencies to the community and how social change affects law enforcement, corrections and the courts.

 

CJE-2600 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

3 Credits
Covers methods of investigation, interviews, interrogation, electronic equipment, surveillance and sources of information, with an emphasis on case preparation and problems in criminal investigations.

 


CJE-2603 INVESTIGATIVE CYCLE FROM CRIME SCENE TO COURT
 

3 Credits
This course covers the evidence and investigative cycle from processing the crime scene to testimony about evidence.  It first examines the fundamentals of protecting and processing crime scenes and the handling of evidence.  Students then would become familiar with the components of the investigative report.  The course would then cover how the evidence and testimony are presented in the courtroom.      


CJE-2614 SERIAL KILLERS

3 Credits
This course involves an examination of serial killers and mass murderers, including the history, profiling of the offenders, and techniques for the investigation.  Special issues that will be covered include media coverage and punishment.

 

CJE-2664  ADVANCED CRIME AND INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS

3 Credits
This course is an advanced course in Crime and Intelligence analysis.  The course will build upon the principles learned in Introduction to Crime Analysis and Intelligence and will give the student an in-depth look into Crime Analysis computer applications and GIS mapping software. 
Prerequisites:
CJE 1653: Introduction to Crime Analysis and Intelligence


CJE-2671c LATENT FINGERPRINT DEVELOPMENT

2 Credits
This course explains and discusses the techniques involving detection, enhancement and recovery of latent fingerprints from physical evidence. This course will cover mechanical and chemical methods and surfaces will be analyzed and evaluated for application in both theory and practice.
Lab Course – Lab Fees Apply

 

CJE-2672c FINGERPRINT CLASSIFICATION

2 Credits
This course explains and discusses the Henry modified system of Fingerprint classification. This course will deal with all aspects of fingerprint classification, identification, and filing systems and will prepare the student to conduct inked fingerprint examinations.
Lab Course – Lab Fees Apply

 

CJE-2770c FORENSIC PHOTOGRAPHY

3 Credits
This course explains and covers basic crime scene photography skills, including camera operation, exposure control, proficiency in relational photos, and flash control for crime scene and evidentiary documentation. The course will also cover special light sources and the use of filters, specialized equipment, digital cameras, and hand held video camera-recorders.
Lab Course – Lab Fees Apply

 

CJE-2940 CRIMINAL JUSTICE PRACTICUM - BASIC POLICE ACADEMY

12 Credits
Articulated Credits granted to students who successfully completed an FDLE state mandated certification training program in Law Enforcement (Compliance with Articulation Agreement Required)

 

CJJ-1002 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY

3 Credits
Focuses on the history, nature, causes, and scope of juvenile crimes with an examination of the juvenile justice system and treatment facilities.

     

CJJ-1004 INTRODUCTION TO THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM 

3 Credits
This course will examine juvenile delinquency and the juvenile justice system, including its legal and social history, its definitions and procedures, and an assessment of delinquency prevention and control.

      

 

CJL-1062 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

3 Credits
Provides an in-depth study of criminal law, with an emphasis on the role of the Supreme Court and constitutional law as it applies to law enforcement and civil rights.

 

CJL-1070 LEGAL RIGHTS OF PRISONERS

3 Credits
Survey the legal rights of inmates in correctional facilities, with an emphasis on specific cases and decisions affecting correctional practices.

 

CJL-1100 CRIMINAL LAW

3 Credits
Focuses on the classification and analysis of criminal acts, such as homicide, rape, assault, robbery, larceny, burglary, and auto thefts, with an emphasis on specific cases and selected court decisions. Topics include court organization, court orders, writs, warrants, and other papers.

 

CJL-1500 INTRODUCTION TO THE COURT SYSTEM

3 Credits
This course examines the history, traditions and philosophy of the American court system. Emphasis will be placed on the roles of the prosecutor, the judge, the defense attorney, the jurors, the defendants and the public. The course will focus on the general themes of law on the books, law in action and law in controversy. Course content will include an overview of the structure and operation of the court system with special emphasis on the Florida Court System.

 

CJL-2072 CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIABILITY IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

3 Credits
This course will provide students with an overview of Federal Civil Rights Legislation and State and Federal Tort Law as it applies to Criminal Justice. Topics covered will include practitioner and supervisor liability, 1983 actions, 241 crimes, wrongful death actions, and various personnel liability laws including ADA, EEOC, Age and Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment.

 

CJL-2130 CRIMINAL EVIDENCE AND PROCEDURES

3 Credits
Provides an introduction to criminal procedures such as arrest, search and seizure, use of force and handling evidence. Topics include the legal use and degree of force, right of suspects and arrested persons, types of evidence, admissibility, proof and competence of evidence as related to criminal law and recent court decisions.

 

CJL-2202 LEGAL RESEARCH IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

3 Credits
This course covers the historical development of criminal law and case precedent. The course will emphasize the development and study of case law and criminal statutes and the significance of law as a social force.  The course will emphasize how to read and evaluate cases and how to do legal research.
 

 

CJL-2400 CRIMINAL COURT LITIGATION

3 Credits
This course involves the practical observation and study of the criminal trial process through lecture, readings, and direct observation of criminal trials.  Students will study the various aspects of the criminal court process, from arrest through conviction and sentencing.  Course topics will include bail and pre-trial incarceration, discovery and other pre-trial procedures, prosecutorial discretion, plea bargaining, and the conduct of trial proceedings.

 

CJL-2610 COURTROOM PRESENTATION OF SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

3 Credits
This course explains and discusses how to present physical, documentary, and scientific evidence in the courtroom. The course will cover proper dress, speaking, listening, and stress will be explained. The student will understand how to present courtroom testimony, especially in areas of scientific evidence. The course will also include how to prepare and present visual aids and exhibits collected at crime scenes. The course will include mock trial exercises.

 

 

DSC-1002 INTRODUCTION TO TERRORISM

3 Credits
This course teaches the foundations of National Security as it relates to International and Domestic Terrorism and the United States engagement in the war against Terrorism. This course is a survey of the history and development of terrorist organizations and extreme political militancy both in the United States and the world.

 

DSC-1003 INTRODUCTION TO HOMELAND SECURITY

3 Credits
This course provides an introspective review of the history of the U.S. Homeland Defense Initiative. This course will explore the evolution of homeland security in the United States including an overview of the government agencies and laws involved.

 

DSC-2033 INTRODUCTION TO TERRORIST WEAPONS AND TACTICS 

3 Credits
This course introduces students to various types of weapons of mass destruction. The student will be introduced to basic principles of weapons of mass destruction, recognition, identification, decontamination, and treatment protocols. The student will understand the importance of personal protective equipment and its proper uses and understand the toxicology, physical and chemical properties associated with weapons of mass destruction.

 

DSC-2242 TRANSPORTATION AND BORDER SECURITY

3 Credits
This course provides an overview of modern border and transportation security challenges, as well as different methods employed to address these challenges.   The course covers a time period from post 9-11 to the present.  The course explores topics associated with border security and security for transportation infrastructure, to include:  seaports, ships, aircraft, airports, trains, train stations, trucks, highways, bridges, rail lines, pipelines, and buses. The course will include an exploration of technological solutions employed to enhance security of borders and transportation systems.  Students will be required to discuss the legal, economic, political, and cultural concerns and impacts associated with transportation and border security.  The course provides students with a knowledge level understanding of the variety of challenges inherent in transportation and border security.

 

DSC-2590 INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS AND SECURITY MANAGEMENT

3 Credits
This course examines intelligence analysis and its indispensable relationship to the security management of terrorist attacks, man-made disasters and natural disasters. It also explores vulnerabilities of our national defense and private sectors, as well as the threats posed to these institutions by terrorists, man-made disasters, and natural disasters. Students will discuss substantive issues regarding intelligence support of homeland security measures implemented by the United States and explore how the intelligence community operates.

SCC-1000 INTRODUCTION TO SECURITY

3 Credits
This course will examine the origins and development of security from medieval England to current times. The concept of security will be covered as a response to and a reflection of society’s structure. This course will cover the various aspects of security to include community, retail, corporate, business, and industrial problems and concerns as well as the governmental and legal aspects of security. The use of security equipment and loss prevention will also be covered.

 

SCC-1001 INTRODUCTION TO PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS

3 Credits
This course will provide students with an overview of the private investigation field. The course will focus on employment opportunities, history, evolution, methods, and management of private investigations, sources of information, investigative technology, and ethical, public policy, and legal considerations related to investigations in the private sector.