Criminal Justice

CRMJ101R  Introduction to Criminal Justice - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course provides an overview of the American criminal justice system including its roles and expectations of criminal justice professionals, theories of crime causation, crime and punishment philosophy, ethics, and multicultural awareness. 

CRMJ102R  Criminal Procedure - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course includes the case analysis of the development of Federalism, the separation of powers, the role of federal and state courts in constitutional development, and contemporary development and control.

CRMJ110R  Public Administration - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course discusses the growth of the public sector and the methods by which this sector can be managed. Topics include public management techniques, effective decision-making, civil service, budgeting, public organizations, and the politics of public sector administration.

CRMJ111R  Criminal Law - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course will explore the history and development of criminal law as a form of social control. Included is the evolution of criminal law from civil law and the relationship between common and statutory criminal law. Emphasis is given to the substantive aspect of criminal law and how it differs from civil law.

CRMJ112R  Introduction to the Juvenile Justice System - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
The nature and extent of juvenile crime, delinquency causation theories, juvenile offender typologies, the juvenile justice process from petition through termination, and institutional and community-based treatment options are examined in the course.

CRMJ201R  Criminology - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course provides an in-depth analysis and evaluation of criminal behavior.  Street crime, organized crime and occupational crime will be discussed.  The student will learn to research, categorize, and describe the theories of criminality and social control. 

CRMJ202R  Police Operation - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course covers the principles of police organization, administration, and community policing, as well as the selection, training, promotion and socialization of officers. Students will explore the society as part of the criminal justice system. The course will also examine issues involving the influence of research, police deviance, minorities, the use of force, and the general hazards of police work.

CRMJ203R  Correction Operations - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course is a study of correctional processes and services, standards, personnel and principles of management; allocation of resources, training and staffing; the role of sentencing and work release programs; special programs and the use of outside contracts.

CRMJ204R  Crisis Intervention in Criminal Justice - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course focuses on the emotional aspects of individuals involved in a crisis situation. Coverage is given to the theory and management of specific situations such as stress, death and dying, drug abuse, suicide, sexual assault, disasters and violence. Consideration is also given to the functions and legalities of the mental health system. (Pre-requisite: PSYC101R)

CRMJ205R  Forensic and Scientific Aspects of Evidence - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course emphasizes the interdisciplinary relationship among forensic experts in the pursuit of justice, which includes the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases, as well as the exoneration of wrongfully convicted innocent persons.  Behavioral, natural, and physical sciences and their role in achieving due process and just results in the court room will be examined.

CRMJ209R  Police Supervision - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
The thrust of this course focuses on three themes. First, managers and supervisors need to move from an authoritative style to a participative leadership style – empowering all personnel to become contributing team members. Second, community policing and problem solving are key to preserving the peace and fighting crime. Citizens can become allies in both. Law enforcement can no longer go it alone. How community policing and problem solving affect management is the continuous thread throughout this course. Third, change must be viewed as an opportunity rather than a threat. Not only must managers help their people grow and develop, but also they must continuously grow and develop, looking for new and better ways to accomplish their mission. As futurist Alvin Toffler asserts: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” This course is a beginning towards opening your mind to new ways of thinking and doing. In summary, this course serves as a requested survival manual made to the Criminal Justice Program Director from the River Valley Community College during field visits to police departments in five New Hampshire counties for Lieutenant, Captain and Chief of Police. This course is a substitute for the requirement of Criminal Justice Internship (CRMJ290R) and/or Senior project (CRMJ291R). (Prerequisite: permission of instructor)

CRMJ210R  Drugs and the Law - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
In the first part of this course, the historical use of the major drug groups (including alcohol) will be reviewed. In the second part, the reaction of the criminal justice system to illegal involvement with drugs and alcohol and methods of treating substance abusers will be reviewed.

CRMJ211R  Justice and the Community - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course deals with the interaction of the various components of the justice system with the community. It involves an analysis of the way the work of police departments, courts, correctional institutions and community corrections agencies appear to the public. The image of the justice system in the media is examined: specific attention is paid to the issues of the young minorities and community organizations.

CRMJ212R  Criminal Justice Communication - 3 Class Hours/2 Lab Hours/3 Credits
This course provides students with the foundation skills, knowledge and abilities required to present effective criminal justice reports, proffer testimony at pre-trial, and post conviction hearings, and prepare APA compliant research documents.  (Prerequisites: CYBS140R and Membership in Infragard, an FBI sponsored organization)

CRMJ290R  Criminal Justice Internship - 9 Lab Hours/3 Credits
The student will spend 120 hours of individual instruction and guidance at an approved internship site in addition to lectures within the classroom setting. (Pre/Co-requisites: completion or enrollment in all other CJ courses.)

CRMJ291R  Criminal Justice Senior Project - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
In this course, through on-going and individualized contact with the supervising instructor, the student develops a topic pre-approved through a prospectus presented to the instructor. The student may develop any topic raised in any major class and is not limited by category. Empirical studies, surveys, literature reviews are among the acceptable categories of research. The final grade is determined by a review of the final product and the extent to which the student has followed the course outlines. (Pre/Co-requisites: completion or enrollment in all other CJ courses.)


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