CJ – Criminal Justice

CJ 501 CRIME AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-0-3)(F). This class locates the profession of criminal justice within historical, theoretical, and political perspectives. The class will focus on contemporary theoretical perspectives, including sociological, social-psychological, biosocial, cultural, genetic, linguistic, and evolutionary. The nature and scope of the discipline are defined through the discussion of the relationships among theory, policy, and practice.

CJ 502 SEMINAR: ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-0-3)(S)(Even years). The structures, operations, and functions of criminal justice organizations are analyzed. Issues within these areas are approached with attention to their cultural, social, and political implications. The relationship between formal and informal structures and their social, political and legal environment is examined.

CJ 503 CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH (3-0-3)(F). Basic methods of quantitative and qualitative research and their application to the field. The relationship among theory, research, and social policy. The development and interpretation of research reports.

CJ 504 STATISTICS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-0-3)(S). Statistical analysis. Univariate and introductory multivariate techniques. Use of computerized statistical packages in the social and behavioral sciences. Statistical problem- solving using various data-sources. PREREQ: CJ 503 and undergraduate statistics.

CJ 505 SEMINAR: LAW AND SOCIAL CONTROL (3-0-3)(F)(Odd years). A focus on the nature of law and legal institutions and the relationships between law and other forms of social control. Theory and research on the development of law and its implementation at various stages of the legal process is reviewed.

CJ 506 THEORIES OF CRIME (3-0-3)(S). Major explanations of crime and its control. Efforts toward an integration of existing approaches are explored and consideration of the development of general theory is discussed.

CJ 507 SEMINAR: ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY POLICING (3-0-3)(S)(Even years). In-depth consideration of issues affecting policing today. Police organization, management and leadership, policy formulation, community policing and related issues are among the topics considered. Particular attention will focus on the role of police officers in a changing society.

CJ 508 SEMINAR: THE LEGAL PROCESS (3-0-3)(F)(Even years). Consideration of specific aspects of criminal adjudication, including prosecution and defense, bail determination, plea-bargaining, jury decision- making, and alternative sentencing practices. Specific subject matter will vary by semester.

CJ 509 SEMINAR: JUVENILE JUSTICE (3-0-3)(S)(Odd years). A detailed examination of the historical development and current practices of juvenile courts and juvenile correctional institutions. Research on program evaluation is presented, with an emphasis on developments in delinquency theory as related to practice.

CJ 512 SEMINAR: GENDER AND JUSTICE (3-0-3)(S)(Odd years). An exploration of the theory, research, and practice related to women’s involvement in the justice system in the United States. Analysis will be directed toward the various roles and treatment of women as offenders, victims/survivors, and practitioners in the system.

CJ 513 VICTIMOLOGY (3-0-3)(F). An exploration of the theory, research, and practices related to crime victimization. The role of victims in the crime triangle, prevalence of various forms of victimization, the effects of crime on its victims, and the criminal justice/social services response to victimization will be discussed.

CJ 514 SEMINAR: ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY CORRECTIONS (3-0-3)(F) (Odd years). In-depth consideration of issues affecting corrections today. Correctional organization, management and leadership, policy formulation, institutional and community corrections and related issues are among the topics considered. The contribution of rehabilitative and deterrent philosophies to corrections provides a backdrop to a consideration of the diverse contemporary perspectives on corrections.

CJ 515 SEMINAR: CRITICAL ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-0-3)(F)(Even years). An exploration of a current or emerging issue affecting crime and/or the criminal justice system. Detailed focus on one topic of the instructor’s choice per course offering.

CJ 520 GOVERNOR’S CLASS (3-0-3)(S). This class focuses on legislative policy in Idaho as it pertains to crime and criminal justice. This class will be a forum for the application of practical knowledge of policy theory and evaluation to crime law in Idaho. Legislative policy makers will be invited to present their views on crime and criminal justice. The process of preparing and legislating crime bills will be discussed. The Governor will be invited to provide a presentation and engage the class in discussion each semester the class is offered.

CJ 521 CRIMINAL JUSTICE ISSUES AND POLICY IN IDAHO (3-0-3)(S). Problem-solving and policy implementation in Idaho. Executives across the Criminal Justice field in Idaho will be invited to discuss issues they have confronted and strategies they have used to resolve those issues. This class will not focus on a particular field, but instead seek professionals from different components of the system.

CJ 522 JUVENILE OFFENDERS, CRIME, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN IDAHO (3-0-3)(F). Examination of current processes in juvenile justice, policy, probation, and utilization of community based resources in Idaho. Emphasis will be placed on understanding issues and policy applications at the local and state level. PREREQ: CJ 509 or CJ 512.

CJ 523 RURAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-0-3)(F). This class addresses the problems of criminal justice in a rural setting. This class is developed with the recognition that criminal justice in Idaho has emerged to deal with crime in the sparsely populated intermountain west. This class will provide perspective on the organization and delivery of criminal justice and the types of crime confronted by small municipal and Sheriff departments, and how those problems are being met locally.

CJ 527 WHITE-COLLAR CRIME (3-0-3)(F/S). Nature and extent of upper-class criminality, including measures, reporting, and categories. Emphasis on organizational, occupational, and governmental crime. Functions of social control, punishment, and regulatory agencies examined.

CJ 528 THE DEATH PENALTY IN AMERICA (3-0-3)(F/S). Historical, philosophical, and empirical examination of capital punishment with an emphasis on race/ethnicity, class, gender, and religion. Legal issues including jury-decision making, ineffective legal representation, cruel and unusual punishment, mental illness, wrongful conviction, costs, international law, and other policy issues examined. Living and working on death row, methods of execution, and philosophies of punishment explored.

CJ 562 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN CRIMINAL COURTS (3-0-3)(F/S). Study of the major contemporary issues facing the criminal court system at local, state, and federal levels of government. Topics include, but are not limited to, problem-solving courts (drug court, mental health court, etc.), determinants of court processing decisions, and impact of legal decisions on courtroom behavior. Topics considered from historical, legal, philosophical, sociological and psychological perspectives.

CJ 564 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN OFFENDER REHABILITATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Study of the major contemporary issues facing the treatment of offenders at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Topics include, but are not limited to, treatment-centered programming and advances in rehabilitation of high-risk offenders.

Refer to the University-wide Graduate Courses section in this catalog for additional course offerings.

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