Friday, January 24, 2014

Spring 2014 CCJS 418/498 Course Descriptions

CCJS418B Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice: Cyber Crime
Prerequisite: CCJS100, CCJS105        TuTh  2:00PM – 3:15PM
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     M  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.

CCJS418M  Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice; Cross-national Comparisons of Crime and Criminal Justice
Prerequisites: CCJS100 and CCJS105        TuTh  2:00PM – 3:15PM
This course will compare crime, the structure of the criminal justice system and specific crime control policies in the United States with those in other countries in Europe and Latin America.  These comparisons will illuminate the differences across nations and suggest the limits and consequences of adopting policies from other nations in the United States.

CCJS 498B Controversies and New Directions in Criminal Justice
Prerequisites: CCJS100 and CCJS105        W 4:00pm- 6:30pm
This course will introduce students to contemporary debates and emerging paradigms in the administration of criminal justice.  Topics will include controversial debates surrounding such things as Racial Profiling, 3 Strikes Laws, Juvenile Transfer, Mass Incarceration, Collateral Consequences of Imprisonment, Supermax Prisons, and Capital Punishment, along with new and emerging policy approaches such as Restorative Justice, Procedural Justice, Problem-Solving Courts, Community Policing, Privatization, and Issues in Prisoner Reentry.