This course provides an analysis and overview of the theories of organization and the administration of criminal justice agencies, including management styles, techniques of leadership, ethics, and decision-making for those students who do not have a previous background in criminal justice.
This course will include the examination of contemporary law enforcement organizations and the issues police and other public service managers confront every day. The course will focus on case study analysis as a method of learning the latest management and behavioral theories. The five approaches to management that will be emphasized include: commitment to a common purpose; concern for high-quality public services; empowerment and shared leadership; pragmatic incrementalism; and dedication to public service.
This course reviews the law under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). It will focus on unfair labor practices, union representative elections and conflict in the workplace. It includes an emphasis on proper collective bargaining processes, methods of mediation and arbitration to resolve disputes and the duty to bargain in good faith between employers and employees. Students are expected to study the text of the statute, relevant selections from actual cases, and various other materials and apply them to current events and hypothetical situations.
This course will provide students with a study of leadership principles and strategies using historical figures as examples. The primary source of effective leadership will be Ernest Shackleton and is 1914 Antarctic expedition. Other historical leaders that will be drawn from include, but are not limited to: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Students will focus on leadership decisions made by these individuals and the ethical framework that surrounds every decision. Students will incorporate the leadership and ethical decision making skills into a final project related to their own field of study.
This course is intended to introduce an advanced sociological perspective as it is applied to the themes of crime, criminality and the individual offender. Specifically, definitions of selected crimes will be explored in conjunction with various perspectives on both causation and response to criminal acts. This analysis will require students to read and discuss the primary writings of those thinkers responsible for the development of landmark classical and contemporary criminological theories.
This course is designed for students who desire to obtain on-the-job experience in the criminal justice profession who have not previously been employed in the internship locale. The nature of the work and the location of the internship must be approved by the student's advisor. Included in the experience and pre-counseling, on-site supervision, periodic summary and evaluation reporting, supplemental reading, pertinent research or practical work-related projects, and presentation of projects.
This course explores the nature of elite deviance as it relates to crime and power in American society. Various forms of white collar crime will be examined and illustrated through case studies and estimates of the extent and costs of these crimes will be presented. Students will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how white collar crime affects employees, consumer and citizens.
This course is intended to introduce and review the basic theoretical and practical applications of forensic psychology in our society. Specifically, issues related to the use of psychological research and knowledge in legal environments will be presented to allow the student to appreciate the unique interaction between psychology and the law. Concepts will range from the analysis of competency and insanity to the use of criminal profiling, risk assessments of violent behavior, and psychopathology. Considerable attention will be allotted to an investigation of victimology concerns stemming from sexual assault of children and adults, as well as domestic violence. 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 legal system.
This course will focus on the impacts on corporate security from the new age that has been entered since 9/11/01. Entirely new risk assessment models and proactive strategic planning concepts will be discussed drawing from actual cases. The important of working from measurable metrics and business needs rather than unproven assumptions will be discussed.
This course focuses on providing students an understanding of the major theories of the public policymaking process, the mechanics of the process, methods of examining policy impacts, and how criminological research can affect policy change as well as be driven by policy. Another goal of this course is to familiarize students with current pressing criminal justice issues and to have the students become sophisticated practitioners and consumers of evaluation research. Students will be expected to reflect critically upon the role of criminological research in the policy making / decision making process.