Criminal Justice Course Descriptions

CJ 158 CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An overview of the history, structure and function of the police, prosecutor, judicial and correctional organizations and their interrelatedness. Through readings and an examination of Supreme Court cases, policy issues such as sufficient evidence, use of discretion and legal concerns will be discussed. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

CJ 266 LAW ENFORCEMENT AND POLICING

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of the evolution of public policing as an institution of social control; law enforcement policy and procedure; the organizational and administrative aspects of law enforcement; the role that police play in addressing crime as a social problem; the formation of police values and subculture; police discretion and an understanding of the critical issues and challenges facing crime control today. Prerequisite: CJ 158. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

CJ 277 CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of significant Supreme Court decisions, which define the parameters of acceptable police conduct and individual rights in their interaction with the police and criminal courts. An exploration of the unique issues relating to New York State — specific criminal procedure laws; understanding of crime; law and procedure; coverage of the Bill of Rights and the Constitutional limits of law, which is essential in dealing with the criminal justice population. Prerequisite: CJ 158. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

CJ 324 RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A fundamental understanding of research design and data analysis in criminology and criminal justice. The course will examine quantitative and qualitative research methods (experimental design, quasi-experimental design, surveys, field research, secondary data analysis), types of data and measurement, probability and sampling techniques. Prerequisite: CJ 158. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

CJ 342 INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The internship is designed to give criminal justice majors in their senior year an experience working with a professional in a criminal justice agency. Students are placed in agencies congruent with their interests. Students are expected to work a minimum of 120 hours during the semester. Additional requirements include a journal of activities and completion of a major paper. Weekly seminar meetings will be held. Prerequisite: CJ 158. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

CJ 400 CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The senior capstone course is based on readings and discussion of major works in the field of crime and the administration of justice. Original works are discussed in the context of the history of ideas, political ideologies and contemporary developments. Seminar paper required. Prerequisite: CJ 158. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

POL 203 POLITICAL AND CIVIL RIGHTS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the nature and practice of political and civil rights, with an emphasis placed upon the study of contemporary controversies, such as hate speech, separation of church and state and the rights of the accused. Special attention will be paid to the interaction of political and judicial processes. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SOC 243 CRIMINOLOGY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of sociological concepts, theories and perspectives regarding the study of crime. Topics include the amounts and trends of crime, theoretical explanations and policies of crime control. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 244 SOCIOLOGY OF CORRECTIONS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An investigation into the various punitive and rehabilitative philosophies and practices employed by the correctional field in dealing with crime and criminality. Topics include history of corrections, theories of punishment, death penalty, sentencing, effectiveness of rehabilitation, community supervision and restorative alternatives. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

BIO 225 FORENSIC BIOSCIENCE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course covers the function of the forensic bioscience laboratory and its relation to successful criminal investigation. Topics include crime scene processing, investigative techniques, current forensic technology and related topics. Upon completion, students will be able to identify and collect relevant evidence at simulated crime scenes and request appropriate laboratory analysis of submitted evidence. Prerequisite: department permission. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Spring. Lab fee - $60.

ENG 103 WRITING FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Analysis and application of the principles of effective writing. Skill development in the performance of various writing tasks. Research techniques also implemented. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PHI 160 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

What are the sources of morality? What makes an action right or wrong? What constitutes the good life? This course will explore these questions and examine related issues such as absolutism vs. relativism; objectivism vs. subjectivism; and rules vs. outcomes. General theories will be applied to specific ethical dilemmas through discussion. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PSY 100 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A broad introduction to the concepts, methodology and major content areas of psychology designed to provide the student with a scientific basis for understanding human behavior. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SOC 100 INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to sociology through a study of the basic concepts used in sociological analysis, particularly culture; types of social groups; processes of interaction; social class; population traits and trends. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SOC 136 SOCIAL PROBLEMS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to sociology through an examination of what society considers to be social problems with a view toward showing how society produces these phenomena and to what extent they are solvable. Areas include crime, mental illness, drug abuse, alcoholism, other forms of deviance, poverty, racism and conflicts over power. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

Law and Justice Track

POL 280 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the origin, theory and interpretation of the United States Constitution. Emphasis will be placed upon controversies surrounding the separation of powers, federalism and economic liberties. Prerequisite: POL 102 or POL 103 or POL 203. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

PSY 290 FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of the application of psychology to the legal system, including  mental health law, the rights of special groups, domestic violence and child abuse, child custody, sexual harassment and abuse, assessing competency and insanity, psychological damage, psychological autopsy, jury selection and behavior, eyewitness testimony, polygraphs and mental health professionals as expert witnesses. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Offered at department’s discretion.

SOC 237 INEQUALITY AND SOCIAL CLASS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Topics include: the values, lifestyles and ideologies of the various classes; the relationship of the classes to economic, political and educational institutions; changes in the class structure. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

SOC 249 RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of race and ethnic relations in American society, including a discussion of assimilation vs. pluralism, minority status, group tensions and the dynamics of prejudice and discrimination. The experience of historic and contemporary ethnic groups in New York will also be explored. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.



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