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CRIMINAL JUSTICE (CJU)

CJU130 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Credits: 3
This course is designed to explore the basic components of our criminal justice system, namely police, courts and corrections. The student will be introduced to each component from historical development to current operations, including the goals and objectives of each. Other areas to be covered include: criminal law, the trial process, an overview of the juvenile justice system and relevant contemporary issues.

CJU132 - Criminal Investigation Credits: 3
Criminal investigation is both a science and an art. This course will explore vari­ous techniques, principles, theories and problems of investigation, both at the crime scene and elsewhere. Topics include: crime scene search procedures, handling physical evidence, interviewing and interrogation and rules of evidence. Specific information relative to individual crimes will also be covered.

CJU139 - Survey of Drugs Credits: 3
This course will deal with the identification of various types of drugs, their physi­cal effects and history. Various classifications will be examined. Causes of abuse will be explored. Federal and state drug statutes will be examined. The student will review various rehabilitation and control programs.

CJU140 - Criminal Law Credits: 3
This course introduces basic legal principles of criminal law - both general principles and those related to specific offenses. Included is coverage of required criminal elements, defenses to responsibility and relevant constitutional amendments. Also covered will be Pennsylvania criminal statutes.

Prerequisite: CJU 132.

CJU141 - Delinquency and Juvenile Justice Credits: 3
This course will examine delinquency and our system of juvenile justice. The student will explore the nature, extent, and theoretical explanations of delinquency, as well as an overview of various agencies involved in handling the dependent and/or delinquent child. The course will also examine the role of the family, peers and school in the development of problem behavior. Other areas to be covered include: child abuse, police procedures, Pennsylvania's Juvenile Act and juvenile corrections.

Prerequisite: CJU 130.

CJU215 - Cyber Crime Credits: 3
This course is designed to explore computer forensics and cyber crime. The advent of computer technology and the information age has not only credited great opportunities for our society, but for the criminal element as well. For the offender, the computer offers a "safe haven", with the crimes often perpetrated at home or work, without direct face to face contact with the victim. Specific areas to be covered include: computer terminology and istory, specific crimes perpetrated with computers, legal issues relating to computer crime, computer forensics, and investigations.

Prerequisite: CJU 130 and 6 credits of CST or CJU.

CJU233 - Introduction to Law Enforcement Credits: 3
This course is designed to examine contemporary law enforcement in the United States. The course explores the origin and history of law enforcement, duties and responsibilities of various agencies, and contemporary issues that confront the police. Specific areas to be covered include: the impact of the Constitution upon policing, service provision, community policing, use of force, pursuits, civil liability, and the relationship law enforcement shares with the Criminal Justice System components.

CJU235 - Police-Patrol Operations Credits: 3
This course will explore basic police patrol operations and procedures covering both routine and emergency situations. Areas to be covered include: response to calls; preliminary investigations; police ethics; search and seizure; field interviews and interrogations; report writing and testifying in court. Practical field exercises are also included.

Prerequisite: CJU 130.

CJU238 - Police Personnel Management and Supervision Credits: 3
The student will explore basic management techniques including contempo­rary approaches focusing on situations and decisions unique to police supervi­sory needs. The course will also cover the history and philosophy of manage­ment. The student will be exposed to problem identification, decision making and management by objectives. Topics will include management skills such as organizational communication, labor relations, budgeting, employee motivation and conflict resolution.

CJU242 - Police Community Relations Credits: 3
The relationship between the police and the community is a reciprocal one. This course will explore the role of the department as well as the individual officer in maintaining adequate public trust and support. Methods by which the community can help to maximize the police function will be developed and analyzed. Human relations, public information and relationships with violators and complainants will be covered. Other topics include communication, press relations, stress, poli­tics, culture and conflict resolution.

Prerequisite: CJU 130.

CJU243 - Introduction to the Correctional System Credits: 3
The course will explore the history of punishment and corrections along with the development of modern corrections. The juvenile correctional system will be explored. Probation, parole and community based correction programs will be stud­ied. The student will study trends indicating the future course of corrections.

Prerequisite: CJU 130.

CJU245 - Crime and Criminology Credits: 3
This course is designed to provide an overview of the issue of crime in society, beginning with various conceptions of crime and how it is viewed by society and the legal community. A variety of theories of general crime causation will be cov­ered, emphasizing contemporary views in the biological, psychological, and socio­logical schools of thought, as well as integrated views. Also covered will be causal theories related to specific crimes, societal reactions to crime and criminals and the role of the victim in crime.

CJU250 - Practicum in Criminal Justice Credits: 3
The practicum is designed to provide the student with practical experience in a criminal justice or justice-related agency. Through supervised participation, the student will have the opportunity to integrate academic theory and practical experience. A minimum of 150 hours must be worked at the agency site. Reaction reports and group meetings will also be required.

Prerequisite: Minimum 21 CJU credits or permission of instructor.

CJU257 - Criminal Procedure Credits: 3
By developing an understanding of the substantive criminal law, students learn what acts and omissions are considered crimes, as well as the respective sanctions imposed against those who violate our laws. Equally important is developing an understanding of the procedural criminal law that governs the administration of criminal justice. This course is designed to explore the procedural component of the criminal law. Improper actions of criminal justice officials during the investiga­tion of a violation of the substantive law may result in the case being lost due to procedural errors. Areas to be discussed include: the court system, probable cause, the exclusionary rule, frisks, arrest, search and seizure, interrogation, as well as the consequences of improper police conduct.

CJU259 - Victimology Credits: 3
For many years, the criminal justice system has been faulted for overlooking the needs of the crime victims. Only recently, has the focus changed from perpetrator to victim. This course will serve as an introduction to the study of victimology. The course is divided into two components. First, crime victims and their interactions with the criminal justice system, society and the media will be examined. The con­cept of victim precipitation will also be addressed. Special needs victims (i.e., vic­tims of date rape, child abuse, and domestic violence), restitution, civil remedies available to victims, and vigilantism will also be covered. The second half of the course examines "victimless crimes" or "crimes without complainants." Issues such as morality, the notion of harm, and their relationship to the criminal law will be addressed. Specific areas to be covered include prostitution, drugs, homosexuality, and abortion.

CJU260 - Introduction to Security Credits: 3
An examination of the methods and techniques used to prevent and reduce losses due to theft and casualty. The course of study includes a consideration of the security survey, communication and surveillance system, control of person­nel and visitors, handling civil disturbance in public buildings, and other emer­gency situations.