Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fall 2013 CCJS 418 Course Descriptions

CCJS418B Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice: Cyber Crime
Prerequisite: CCJS100, CCJS105        TuTh  3:30PM – 4:45PM
Cybercrime research has grown in visibility and importance during the last two decades. Nevertheless, despite the growing public interest in cybercrime and its consequences for businesses and individuals, only scant attention has been given in the criminological discipline to investigation and understanding of this new type of crime. The purpose of this course is to introduce students with the technical, social and legal aspects of cybercrime as well as expose students to theories and tools that enable scientific exploration of this phenomenon. In the first few weeks of the semester we will learn about the computer and the internet, and discuss several definitions and typologies of cybercrime. Then we will discuss the hacker, the victim and the IT manger, review various theories of crime causation, and assess the relevance of these theories in the context of cyber space. We will then describe several technical tools that allow the collection of data from the Internet. We will conclude with a discussion on the legal issues affected and created by online crime.

CCJS418G Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice: Analyzing Criminological Research
Prerequisites: CCJS 100, CCJS 105, CCJS 200 and CCJS 300     W  4:00PM – 6:30PM
CCJS 418G is a course specifically designed for students interested in sharpening their critical thinking skills and being better prepared for graduate and law school.  During this course, students will learn how to critically analyze criminology articles and evaluate criminal justice policy.  In doing so, students will improve their knowledge of theory, research methods, and data analysis.  Additionally, students will learn how to write effectively, which is a critical skill for both graduate and law school. 

CCJS 418K Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice: Understanding and Controlling Crimes By Business
Prerequisites: CCJS 100, CCJS 105, CCJS 200     M  4:00PM – 6:30PM
In the wake of the recent global financial meltdown, there has been intense interest in and speculation about whether and how business crime contributed to the crisis.  This course is thematically organized around the theme of economic crisis and business crime—causes and effects.  In addition, the course will highlight similarities and differences between crimes by business (suite) and traditional crime (street); how crimes are counted and measured, the extent and pervasiveness of offending, conceptualization (theorizing), and strategies for control and prevention