This course will present the basic principles of the law of evidence as expressed in the Federal Rules of Evidence and the Maine Rules of Evidence. The student will develop the ability to read and apply a rule of evidence to specific information and circumstances. An emphasis will be placed on learning how the Federal & Maine Rules of Evidence effect trial preparation, negotiation, and trial. Participatory role play and discussion of hypothetical situations will constitute a significant part of the learning experience.
This course will provide students with a historical overview and current trends in civil litigation against law enforcement as well as describing the varying types of liability that exist under the law. Students will study the defenses to liability claims made against law enforcement. Liability claims will also be examined from the administrator's point of view including claims of failure to train and failure to supervise. Use of force and section 1983 claims will be examined in detail as the main claims against law enforcement.
This course will analyze aspects of historical and current extremism and terrorism which will be related to contemporary domestic and international terrorism issues. The course will cover sophisticated theories developed by analysts around the world to investigate paramilitarism, white supremacy groups, hate groups, religious fundamentalism, and foreign terrorist groups which may pose a threat to United States interests. The special topic analyzed is not a regular course offering of the social sciences department. Since the topic covered in this class differs from year to year, students should seek further information from the instructor before registering regarding the particular topic that will be analyzed. Possible topics to be analyzed include: the ancient roots of terrorism, motivation of terrorists, the current vulnerability of modern democracies, and global jihad.
This course introduces domestic violence law from an interdisciplinary perspective and offers a contemporary view of the criminal justice experience with diverse populations and forms of violence. Topics will include violence perpetrated in a variety of age and gender relationships including: dating violence, sibling abuse, rape and incest, child and elder abuse and neglect, male battering, violence within the lesbian and gay communities, and violence against women. Students will also be expected to master current State of Maine and federal statutes relating to domestic violence.
This course is intended to introduce and explore the structure and psychology of totalistic cultic organizations. Students will examine the key differences between conventional religious movements, splinter sects and cults to better understand the differences among varied faith-based organizations. Cults will be viewed both from historical and contemporary viewpoints in regard to recruiting practices, thought reform and control, personal and social consequences of cult membership, and the unique challenges that such groups pose for law enforcement. Additionally, students will review the clinical precursors which may predispose an individual to cultic persuasion and indoctrination, as well as the psychological consequences of membership. The course will rely heavily upon a detailed case study format which will scrutinize selected cult leaders/groups and allow students to apply theoretical knowledge to particular historical events and figures.
This course is intended to introduce several works of classical and modern literature which have incorporated the use of crime or criminality as a central theme. Students will be required to read from works of short fiction and novels as a means of preparing for discussion and analysis of core elements. Additionally, the various experiences of the individual criminal will be considered in light of those factors which may have an impact on the development of crime as a situational or social phenomenon. Required sources may include, but not remain limited to: Ernest Hemingway, Arthur Miller, William Faulkner and Truman Capote.
This course will focus on the forgotten member of the criminal dyad: the victim. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to these developments and to alert them to ongoing victim-related issues. The goals of the course will include: Introducing the student to the development of the field of victimology; Delineating the conceptual boundaries of victimology; Familiarizing the student with basic concepts and literature within various sub-areas of victimology; Exploring policy developments and practical applications that stem from this concern over victims; and Assessing the progress away from a criminal justice system towards achieving a victim justice system.
In this practicum based course, students will establish partnerships with relevant community members to identify problems related to the incidence of crime and social disorder. Students will engage in a collaborative problem solving exercise which will illustrate the enhanced ability of communities to prevent crime and disorder through cooperative and reciprocal relationships between police and citizens.
This course is intended to introduce and explore the phenomenon of repetitive, intrinsically motivated homicide utilizing both clinical and law enforcement perspectives. Primary behavioral and crime scene characteristics of both organized and disorganized types of offenders will be reviewed to explain the incidence of serial homicide as a function of motivational factors ranging from sociopathy to severe psychiatric disturbance. The varied typologies and classification systems for serial murderers will be presented as a means of discussing issues ranging from victim selection to law enforcement investigative responsibilities. The course will rely heavily upon a detailed case study format which will scrutinize the crimes of key selected offenders and allow students to apply theoretical knowledge to particular serial perpetrators.
This course is intended to introduce and review the basic theoretical and practical applications of criminal profiling techniques. Specifically, the student will be introduced to concepts including, but not limited to: the uses of criminal profiling; crime scene evaluation and reconstruction; criminal motivation and offender characteristics; modus operandi and offender signature; psychopathic and sadistic behavior; behavioral aspects of fire-setting; serial offenses, including rape and homicide. Students will explore varied offense behaviors and their psychological underpinnings to develop an understanding of the role of behavioral analysis of evidence in critical investigations.
In this experiential course, the student serves as an intern with a criminal justice professional in a work setting. This placement may be in the public or private sector and is governed by an agreement signed by the student, the professional, and the internship director. The experience may be multidisciplinary, but should have a strong criminal justice element. Students are expected to be sufficiently motivated to seek out their own placement site with some guidance from the internship director. *** This class can be repeated more than one time for additional credits.
This course examines the application of modern management theory and technique to the criminal justice system. It emphasizes the unique nature of the criminal justice community and the complex relationships, which are necessary to make it efficient and effective. Topics covered include: hiring, developing personnel; managing budgets, dealing with public sector unions; discipline and problem behaviors; complaints and grievances; stress and time management; performance appraisals; deploying human resources; and emerging trends in criminal justice management.
This course is designed to synthesize the information and insights from other courses in the Criminal Justice Curriculum. It includes research in crime trends and causes, scholarly research, and an assessment of each student’s knowledge and understanding of the essential elements of the criminal justice system. This Capstone Course will focus on pragmatic application of principles and theories which guide Criminal Justice practice in the United States.
This course will introduce and review the basic theoretical and practical applications of forensic Psychology in our society. The student will be introduced to concepts in the field that directly impact or influence law enforcement and the judicial system. Concepts will range from the uses of criminal profiling, risk assessment of violent behavior and interrogation to custody, competency and discrimination determinations. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of each core topic as well as an appreciation for how each contributes to the broader domain of the criminal justice system.
This course builds on the scientific knowledge and analytical skills developed in the prerequisite science courses and laboratory work. The student will apply scientific principles and use current laboratory instrumentation to compare and distinguish between typical forensic evidence items. Students will become familiar with microscope examinations of trace evidence including soil, fibers and hairs, forensic serology and screening, DNA typing, bloodstain pattern analysis and toxicology. Topical discussions and lectures will be supplemented by scheduled field trips and guest speakers from the forensic science community.
This course builds on the scientific knowledge and analytical skills developed in the prerequisite science courses, laboratory work and Forensic Science I course. The student will build on their understanding of the properties of organic and inorganic compounds and apply these to analysis of typical forensic science samples. Students will analyze drugs, inks and dyes, explosives, fire debris samples. Forensic document examination, fingerprint development and bullet comparisons will be conducted. Scientific reports will be written for each specific forensic discipline. Topical discussions and lectures will be supplemented by scheduled field trips and guest speakers from the forensic science community.
This course is the capstone of the bachelor's degree in forensic science. The course will draw on the knowledge acquired throughout the previous seven semesters. The course will guide students through correct processing and sequencing of processing of evidence at the crime scene and in the laboratory. Particular attention will be placed on understanding the pros and cons, false negatives and false positives, cross reactions and potential for cross contamination in analyzing and testing evidence items. Students will learn various techniques for describing scientific principles in layman's terms. The course will finish up with a mock trial at the end of the semester, giving the student the chance to experience direct and cross examination. During the course of the semester the class will sit for the International Association of Identification (IAI) crime scene technician certification. This will give the students the opportunity to acquire international certification and well as earn the degree.
This course provides a broad overview and critical examination of criminal justice topics. Commentary on these issues is written by experts in fields such as crime and justice and America, American law enforcement, the court system, juvenile justice, corrections, and the future of justice in America. Students will be required to meet nineteen course objectives and will be expected to read and comprehend a series of essays and subsequently research current events related to the CJ topics. An additional requirement will be student-led class discussion on an assigned topic area over the course of the semester.
Taught at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, this 18-week course is designed to qualify a student as a Maine law enforcement officer. The Academy program tests a student's ability and willingness to assume the complex and challenging responsibilities of a modern law enforcement officer in keeping the peace, protecting state and federal constitutional rights and enforcing the law.
This course is intended to provide the opportunity to offer advanced courses in criminal justice that would not normally be a part of the Husson curriculum. As such the topics will depend of the interests of students and faculty.