Criminology books

Selected criminology electives (Go to Checkmarq for specific course offerings each semester and prerequisites):


CRLS 2001: Introduction to the Law

Legal concepts and classifications; legal philosophy, including the sources and nature and functions of law; legal methods; legal research; legal ethics; basic processes and judicial processes and procedures; the court system, state and federal.

CRLS 2100: Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice

Definitions of delinquent behavior. Nature, etiology, and extent of juvenile delinquency; contributing social problems; adolescence as a subculture. The adjudication process for juveniles: philosophy, development, and organization. Diversion, detention, and treatment of the juvenile offender.

CRLS 2700: Ethics in Criminal Justice

An introduction to prevailing ethical controversies confronting the process and agencies of contemporary criminal justice. Special attention given to concrete ethical issues and dilemmas, which are encountered regularly by participants in the major components of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections.

CRLS 3000. Criminological Theory

Analysis of the nature and consequences of delinquency and crime. Classical and contemporary examinations of criminal behavior. The effects of social interaction, social class, social organization, small groups, and other variables on crime patterns and efforts to cope with crime. Relationship of criminological theory to social policy issues.

CRLS 3550: Street Gangs and Crimes

Examination of the history of gangs and an analysis of the current gang culture and the social context in which it operates. Exploration of the criminological theories of gangs as well as community based and legal intervention strategies.

CRLS 3560. Conflict and Terror

Historical origins, causes, consequences, major institutional actors, and public policy choices associated with contemporary international and domestic terrorism. Also explored are political, economic, technological, law enforcement, and military based counter-terrorism strategies and tactics.

CRLS 3570: Drug Crime and Policy in America

Presents a problem-oriented approach to understanding the effects of illegal drugs and drug trafficking on individuals and communities. Explores drug treatment and policies aimed at controlling drug use. Considers the effects of current enforcement strategies on drug use and drug markets and, ultimately, on American society.

CRLS 3600: Victimology

Examination of the roles and functions of the victim within the civil and criminal justice systems. An investigation into victim attitudes, beliefs, problems, and needs; theories of victimization; experiences of victims within the legal system; victim assistance programs; and public policy and victimology.

CRLS 3640: Domestic Violence in the United States

Focuses on the ways in which race and ethnicity shape definitions of and experiences with domestic violence and how different cultural groups interact with community and legal resources designed to assist victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. Examines the implications this has for policy, practice and justice in society.

CRLS 3660. Sex Offenses and Offenders.

Examines the nature of distribution of sex offenses and the various types of sex offenders. Approaches of mental health and criminal justice systems are examined, including an analysis of laws, policies and practices surrounding treatment, management and control of sex offenders. Impact on sex offenders, families and victims will also be addressed.

CRLS 3751. History and Philosophy of Crime and Punishment

A study of crime and punishment from both the historical and philosophical perspectives. The course will emphasize the European experiences as a foundation for understanding American developments. Emphasis will be placed on the interdisciplinary aspects of crime and punishment.

CRLS 3986. Internship and Seminar in Criminology and Law Studies.

Field experience in a community social service agency for the purpose of furthering the student's integration of theory and practice in a professional setting. Placement is for a minimum of 140 hours per semester under the supervision of agency personnel, and includes a weekly seminar with the internship coordinator. S/U grade assessment. Limited enrollment.

CRLS 4100: Ultimate Penalties in the Criminal Justice System

A critical look at the rationales and history of corporal punishment, capital punishment, and life imprisonment without possibility of parole in order to understand the endurance of these types of sanctions in modern society. The focus will be on the philosophical, legal, social, and political aspects of the punishments. Research on ultimate punishments, such as frequency of use, characteristics of offenses and offenders, will also be presented. In addition, the course will examine the experience of sentenced offenders and their families, and correctional staff in implementing the punishments.

CRLS 4120. Comparative Justice Systems.

The nature and character of police, prosecutorial, court, and correctional activity and operations in world legal systems. An examination of common law, civil law, socialist, and Islamic systems of law and social control.

CRLS 4130: Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice

Examination of the roles of women in the criminal justice system. Critical analysis of the relationship of women as offenders, as victims, and as agents of social control. Review of relevant theories and practices and both historical and contemporary issues

CRLS 4140: Race, Crime, and Punishment

Focus on racial differences on offending and violence; racial discrimination in the criminal justice system; and the impact of criminal punishment on racial inequality. Course will cover current and classical research in race, crime and social control and explore their theoretical and empirical dimensions.

CRLS 4150. White Collar Crime

Survey of current theoretical, research and public policy issues regarding white-collar crime. Definitions of white-collar crime as well as various typologies of white-collar crime activity. The nature, extent, and consequences of white-collar crime in the U.S. strategies for combating white-collar crime as well as prospects of alternative systems of control, such as civil litigation, will be assessed

CRLS 4170: Organized Crime

Examination of the political, social, and economic conditions involved in the appearance and expansion of organized crime in the United States. Descriptions of structures as well as internal and external dynamics, including incentives and penalties employed by criminal groups. Explanation of investigative techniques and impact of police, courts, and correctional agencies.

CRLS 4340: Financial Crime Investigation

Introduces current perspectives and procedures used by the financial investigator in detecting and resolving financial crimes. Includes specific study of: methods of tracing funds, financial record keeping, accounting, interviewing techniques and law and evidence as they relate to financial investigations.

CRLS 4500: Criminal Investigation

Fundamental principles and procedures of criminal investigation. Crime scene search and recording. Collection and preservation of physical evidence. Obtaining testimonial evidence.

CRLS 4600: Evidence

Basic principles of the law of evidence. Presentation of oral and demonstrative evidence in the trial process. The quantum of proof in criminal proceedings.


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