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CRJU 100: Introduction to Criminal Justice

The study of the criminal justice system and how the system deals with the American crime problem. The police, prosecution, trial courts, prisons and the juvenile justice system will be examined in relation to the control of crime.

CRJU 150: Forensic Science

General overview of the fields of forensic science with an emphasis in the sub discipline of criminalistics, and its relationship to law enforcement and the courts included in this will be the development of skills in the techniques of crime scene investigation, the evaluation of physical evidence as it relates the solving of crime.

CRJU 200: Statistical Methods in Criminal Justice

This course focuses on the use of statistics in operations, research and policymaking. Descriptive statistics, probability, the normal curve, linear regression, analysis of variance and other inferential statistics will be introduced and then applied to the field of criminal justice. This computer lab will be used for gaining a basic familiarity with computer-based problem-solving and data analysis. This course will provide an appropriate preparation for CRJU 250, Research Methods in Criminal Justice.

CRJU 210: Issues, Values, and Ethics in Criminal Justice

Examination and discussion of various issues, values, and ethical dilemmas that are of major concern to criminal justice professionals. Topics to be covered include: ethics vs. morals; laws and justice; police corruption; role of judges; prosecutorial discretion--plea bargaining, role of defense attorneys, role of correctional personnel; and the morality of capital punishment. Prerequisite: CRJU 100 or its equivalent, or permission of instructor.

CRJU 250: Research Methods in Criminal Justice

Assumptions of scientific research and issues in philosophy of science. Examination of the relationship between theory and research within the field of criminal justice, with emphasis on basic principles of research design, development of research instruments, and data collection, plus statistical analysis of data and familiarization with computer capability in criminal justice research. Prerequisite: Math 140, CRJU 200 or its equivalent, or permission of instructor.

CRJU 310: Advanced Criminal Law

An analysis of the doctrines of criminal liability in the United States and the classification of crimes as against persons and property and the public welfare, with special emphasis on the definition of crime and the nature of acceptable evidence in the state of California. Case studies include prosecution and defense decision making in the criminal law process. Prerequisite: CRJU 100 or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.     CRJU 100 or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor. GE Theme 3

CRJU 325: Women and the Criminal Justice System

This course considers the experience of women in their dealings with the criminal justice system from three perspectives: that of the female offender, the female crime victim, and the female employee or administrator. The course will approach these perspectives from both historical and contemporary contexts. The course examines specific types of criminality and victimization common to women as well as opportunities for women to participate in the administration of the criminal justice system as employees. The relationships between female criminality, victimization, and employment and broader social, political, and economic definitions of female deviance and conformity are addressed as well.  GRE

CRJU 330: Race, Ethnicity, and the Criminal Justice System

This course examines the criminal justice systems treatment of members of racial and ethnic groups in contemporary and historical contexts. Problems of racism, discrimination, and differential treatment experienced by members of racial victims of crime are addressed. The course considers social, institutional, political, and economic factors that have influenced racial discrimination and bias in the criminal justice system. The course also considers measures that have been or need to be taken within the system to address the problems of past and ongoing racism.  GRE

CRJU 340: Drugs and Crime

A study of the relationship between addiction to chemical substances and crime. Topics of discussion include: history, origin, extent, and causes of substance abuse; impact of chemical substances on human behavior; substance abuse and criminal activity; societal and governmental reactions to substance abuse; and current prevention and treatment strategies of substance abuse.  GE Theme 3

CRJU 345: Gangs in America

An examination of the dynamics of street and prison gangs in America. Topics to be covered include: the history and functions of gangs, organizational characteristics of gangs, gang research and theories, the linkage between gangs and crime, the impact of gang activities on the criminal justice system, and societal reaction to gangs.  GRE

CRJU 350: White Collar Crime

This course explores the conceptual, metaphysical, and methodological issues involved in the study of white-collar crime. It begins with Sutherland's initial study and continues with contemporary research; it delves into the character, causes, and consequences of this type of crime; it explores the relationship of white collar crime and elite deviance to other types of illegal and deviant activity; it examines the response of the law and of the justice system to white collar crime; and it considers the prospects for deterring, preventing, and obliterating white collar crime. 

CRJU 371: Theoretical Perspectives in Criminal Justice

A systematic examination of the major criminal justice systems. Analysis of the particular theoretical frameworks which guide the police, courts, and corrections in American society. Attention is directed to the relationship between day-to-day functions of the police, courts, and corrections on the one hand and theoretical schemes on the other. Prerequisite: CRJU 100 or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

CRJU 376: Advanced Topics in Policing

Philosophy, theory, and processes of American police agencies at the federal, state, and local level. Analysis of assumptions, policies, and practices. Discussion of strategies for implementing change in police organizations. Prerequisite: CRJU 100 or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

CRJU 378: Advanced Topics in Courts

Philosophy, theory, and processes of American criminal adjudication at federal and state levels. Analysis of prosecution and defense strategies, with special regard to both micro and macro political factors. Discussion of proposals for reform in criminal adjudication. Prerequisite: CRJU 100 or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

CRJU 379: Advanced Topics in Corrections

Philosophy, theory, and the processes of American correctional institutions at federal, state, and local level. Analysis of assumptions, policies, and practices. Discussion of strategies for implementing change in correctional institutions. Prerequisite: CRJU 100 or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

CRJU 380: Advanced Topics in Juvenile Justice

Philosophy, theory, and processes of juvenile justice in the criminal justice system and the specialized area of dealing with youth as contrasted with adults, from apprehension through courts and detention, including probation and parole. Analysis of assumptions, policies and practices. Discussion of strategies for implementing change in the juvenile justice system. Prerequisite: CRJU 100 or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.  GE Theme 3

CRJU 420: Criminal Justice Policymaking

This course examines how governmental bodies--the legislature, administrative agencies, and courts--make criminal justice policy and how affected agencies and officials implement and assess these policies. Students will apply their learnings of policymaking bodies and processes, implementation, and assessment to problems such as prison crowding and the handling of serious chronic juvenile offenders. Prerequisite: CRJU 100 or its equivalent, or permission of instructor.

CRJU 430: Victims and the Criminal Justice System

An examination of the relationship between victims of crime and the criminal justice system. Special emphasis will be placed upon such topics as the characteristics of crime victims, patterns of crime reporting and nonreporting, the treatment of crime victims by the various components of the criminal justice system, victim assistance programs, victim compensation, and victims rights laws. Prerequisite: CRJU 100 or its equivalent, or permission of instructor.  GRE

CRJU 440: Terrorism

This course will focus on "defining" terrorism from a criminological perspective with an attempt to analyze "terrorist-like" activity and behavior. So-called terrorist groups will be examined from cultural, religious, and behavioral perspectives with a focus on the theoretical aspect of why terrorists do what they do. The course will also integrate current events when examining "terrorist-like" behavior and will examine the impact of international policies on foreign relations (e.g. the case of Libya, Syria, Egypt, etc...). Strategies and responses to terrorist attacks will also be assessed. Finally, the course will discuss the role of the media in portraying terrorism and the impact this has on society as a whole.

CRJU 477: Selected Topics in Criminal Justice

(1-5) Offered periodically as announced. May be repeated for different course content. Variable credit/units.

CRJU 480: Directed Research in Criminal Justice (0-5)

This course will be available to students who demonstrate excellence in their academic studies and are interested in pursuing original research and scholarship beyond the opportunities provided by CRJU 250 Research Methods. Under faculty supervision, each student enrolled in the course would undertake an original individual research project. Consent of the instructor who will be supervising the research and approval of the chair of the Department of Criminal Justice are required.

CRJU 490: Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (6)

Consideration of the nature of criminal justice and its relationship to other field of study, with integration of material from other courses. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, other courses required to complete the major and the minor, or permission of instructor.

CRJU 494: Profiling Violence (5)

This course presents the techniques necessary to develop a complete sociopsychological profile regarding various types of violent behavior. The rationale for psychological profiling, the analysis of violent crime scences, and the role of criminological theories in the formulation of psychological profiles is examined. Using intriguing case studies, the complexity of the violent personality is presented while maintaining a scientific focus and approach. The course profiles several violent crimes including: mass murder, serial murder, satanic rituals and cults, arson, rape, pedophilia, domestic assault, and others.  GE Theme 3

CRJU 496: Internship in Criminal Justice (1-5)

Supervised field experience in community organizations and institutions. Career-oriented experience in the community setting is combined with academic activities in the college setting. Hours in the field, placement and academic requirements such as conferences, readings, and reports are arranged in consultation with work supervisor and faculty supervisor. Prerequisites vary depending on specific internship, but enrollment is limited to students with good academic records who are committed to development of professional skills in a given area.

CRJU 497: Cooperative Education

The cooperative Education program offers a sponsored learning experience in work setting, integrated with a field analysis seminar. The field experience is contracted by the Cooperative Education office on an individual basis, subject to approval by the department. The field experience, including the seminar and reading assignments, is supervised by the cooperative education coordinator and the faculty liaison (or course instructor, working with the field supervisor). Students are expected to enroll in the course for at least two quarters. The determination of course credits, evaluation, and grading are the responsibility of the departmental faculty. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. Department will determine application of credit.

CRJU 499: Individual Study

(1-5) Individual projects or directed reading for students qualified to carry on independent work. Prerequisite: permission of department chair.

Department of Criminal Justice

California State University, Bakersfield
Mail Stop: 24 DDH
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311

Phone:  (661) 654-2433
Fax:  (661) 654-2627
Office:  Dorothy Donahue Hall C114

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