Criminology and Justice Studies

Criminology and Justice Studies


Certification Requirements (15 credits)

ORG 5574 - Criminal Justice Organizations & their Functions
In this course, the criminal justice process and its components are examined. Students will become familiar with the different organizations that the justice system comprises. The complexity of criminal justice processes functioning as a dynamic system of interrelated yet separate parts will also be studied. In addition, students will be introduced to the distinctions between the adult criminal justice and the juvenile justice system to gain an understanding of the different ways in which offenders are dealt with in each system.

ORG 6570 - Victimology: Theory, Research & Policy
To broaden the student’s understanding of criminal events, this course explores the impact of crime on victims, both in relation to the criminal event itself as well as its aftermath, when criminal justice agencies become involved. The student is also introduced to various viewpoints on trauma effects of victimization, responses to victimization, and media intervention. In addition, the course examines the role and participation of victims in the processing of criminal cases.

ORG 6572 - Law Enforcement & Communities
This course introduces students to traditional policing strategies as well as to new movements and trends in policing. The role of communities in policing, the interaction of police with communities, and their collective impact on the effectiveness of policing strategies will be examined. In addition, the range of possible consequences related to various policing strategies used in communities will be covered.

ORG 6574 - Law & Society
In this course students explore the links between the application of law and its impact on society. Major course topics include how laws are developed, the evolution of the legal system, and the impact society has on the creation and changing of laws. The ways in which the law plays a role in creating social change will also be analyzed. Additionally, constitutional issues that guide and constrain criminal processes will be addressed.

ORG 6580 - Correctional Philosophies & Strategies
This course introduces students to the various theoretical, philosophical, and historical foundations for the punishment of offenders. Theoretical perspectives will be linked to strategies developed to deal with offenders. Further, the rationale behind these linkages will be explained and analyzed from a historical perspective. Students will be required to perform a critical examination to compare the relative merits and drawbacks of each philosophical approach and to assess how these approaches affect the ways in which offenders are dealt with in society.

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