2020-21 Academic Catalog
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Criminology Courses (CRIM)


CRIM 2021. Applied Methods and Data Analysis in Criminal Justice — 3 hrs.

This is an introductory research methods and statistical analysis course. Its purpose is to familiarize students with the study design, data collection, operationalization, and statistical analysis of research specific to the criminal justice sciences. Students will engage in elementary descriptive and inferential statistics, bivariate analysis, and some multivariate analysis techniques. They will acquire skills in creating research-based criminal justice projects, perform computer-analysis of data, and prepare a presentation of their findings. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2022 (982:022); CRIM 2025 (982:025). (Variable)

CRIM 2022 (982:022). Criminal Justice System — 3 hrs.

Genesis, transformation, and day-to-day operation of criminal justice within our society; emphasis on interrelationships between specific stages in the crime-control process and the differences between U.S. and other criminal justice systems. Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001). (Fall and Spring)

CRIM 2025 (982:025). Criminology — 3 hrs.

Introduction to the study of criminal behavior, with emphasis on social science approaches. Overview of types of crime, and theories, methods and data used to study crime. Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001). (Fall and Spring)

CRIM 2112 (982:112). White Collar Crime — 3 hrs.

Examination of theoretical definition, social impact, and changing relationship between current technological advancements and society's ability to both detect and punish white collar criminals. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2025 (982:025). (Fall)

CRIM 2127 (982:127). Juvenile Delinquency — 3 hrs.

Examination of the causes of delinquency in children, focusing on the effects of parenting, youth subcultures, and the media. Includes youth crimes, such as shoplifting and vandalism. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2025 (982:025). (Spring)

CRIM 2134. Crime Analysis — 3 hrs.

Provides an introductory understanding of the history and methodology of examining crime information. Covers applied technical skills for managing, analyzing, and presenting data relevant to criminal justice agencies. Prerequisite(s): SOC 2020 (980:080) or STAT 1772 (800:072); sophomore standing. (Fall)

CRIM 2152 (982:152). Crime and Community — 3 hrs.

Exploration of the connection between community characteristics and crime. Students are presented with theories that address why some neighborhoods have concentrated crime and learn about what scholars, organizers, police, and politicians can do to reduce crime. (Fall)

CRIM 2217 (982:117). Community Corrections — 3 hrs.

Overview of sanctioning alternatives to imprisonment, including traditional probation and parole practices, as well as intermediate sanctions such as boot camps, electronic monitoring, fines, and intensive supervision. Sentencing will be discussed, as it influences probation/parole populations, as will the duties and responsibilities of probation and parole officers. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2022 (982:022); sophomore standing. (Variable)

CRIM 2220. Communication Ethics for Criminal Justice Professionals — 3 hrs.

This course provides an overview of the purpose, process, policies and procedures in place for both written and verbal communication by the criminal justice professional. Emphasis is placed on the importance of ethical communications in the profession. Prerequisite(s): sophomore standing. (Variable)

CRIM 2232 (982:132). Juvenile Justice — 3 hrs.

Examination of history, philosophies, and structure of juvenile justice system. Discussion of issues confronting legislators, the judiciary, and juvenile justice personnel in context of the need to provide treatment and protection of individual rights and liberty. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2022 (982:022); sophomore standing. (Spring)

CRIM 2500. Criminal Law and Procedure — 3 hrs.

This course covers the development of criminal law in America, including the historical development of 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th Amendment rights. Criminal law generally defines the rights and obligations of individuals, while procedural law concerns the protection of individual rights through all phases of the criminal justice process from first contact with police through trial and sentencing. Emphasis is on practical knowledge of procedural law for criminal justice workers. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2022 (982:022). (Variable)

CRIM 2502. Report Writing in Criminal Justice — 3 hrs.

This course provides an overview of written and oral communication for criminal justice professionals, including its purposes, policies, procedures and processes. Emphasis is on written documents prepared by the professional, but some attention will be given to oral communication, especially on practical skills such as testifying in court, interviewing victims , witnesses and suspects, and dealing with the media and the public. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2022 (982:022). (Variable)

CRIM 2504. Criminal Investigation — 3 hrs.

Covers fundamental principles and procedures employed in the investigation of a crime. Explores the primary components of interviewing and investigations; practices in the apprehension of suspects; preparation of criminal cases. This course is designed to develop a working knowledge of the steps in investigation from the initial securing of a crime scene to the presentation of evidence in trial. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2022 (982:022). (Variable)

CRIM 2506. Criminalistics — 3 hrs.

Introduction to the theory and practices of the collection, preservation, and analysis of physical evidence at a crime scene. Introduces students to the functions of the forensic laboratory and its relationship to successful investigations and prosecutions. Topics covered include crime scene processing, investigative techniques, and current forensic technologies. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2022 (982:022). (Spring)

CRIM 3130. Readings in Criminology — 1-3 hrs.

Individual readings in criminology. May be repeated with consent of department dead. Prerequisite(s): completed nine hours of criminology courses; junior standing; consent of instructor and department head. (Variable)

CRIM 3151 (982:151). Crime and Social Inequality — 3 hrs.

Introduction and review of major issues in the study of race, class, and crime. Examination of recent empirical research on social inequality, crime and the criminal justice system, as well as discussion of the relationship between inequality and criminal justice policy. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2022 (982:022); junior standing. (Variable)

CRIM 3179 (982:179). Cooperative Education — 1-3 hrs.

May be repeated for a total of six credit hours (only three credit hours may count towards completion of the Criminology major). Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor and department head and Cooperative Education Office. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

CRIM 3225. Criminal Court System — 3 hrs.

Designed to provide an analysis of the structure and function of the criminal court system in the U.S. Issues facing the system will be considered from historical and sociological perspectives. Ideals of the system will be compared to actual functioning. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2022 (982:022). (Variable)

CRIM 3226 (982:126g). Crime and Punishment — 3 hrs.

Crime and punishment in American society, social history of punishment, theories of punishment, and how it relates to prison subcultures, crime rates, power relations, and cultural values. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2022 (982:022); junior standing. (Variable)

CRIM 3228. Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System — 3 hrs.

Critical examination of issues related to mental health within the criminal justice system. This course will consider both the ways that individuals with mental health issues are disproportionately likely to have contact with the criminal justice system as well as the ways that the criminal justice system impacts mental health of individuals. Prerequisite(s): CRIM 2022 (982:022) or SOC 1000 (980:001). (Spring)

CRIM 3314. Ethics in Crime, Law and Justice — 3 hrs.

Critical examination of ethical issues related to theoretical and practical issues facing law enforcement, legal, and corrections personnel, civil and criminal laws, medical field, academics, students, consumers, and the general public. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2022 (982:022); junior standing. (Variable)

CRIM 3319/5319 (982:119g). Victimology — 3 hrs.

Sociological investigation of institutional, economic, family, and personal victimization in American society with special attention to causes and processes of exploitation. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

CRIM 4122/5122 (982:122g). Youth Gangs — 3 hrs.

Origins and development of youth gangs in United States. Topics include recent emergence of gangs, especially in Iowa, relationship between drugs and violence and gang activity, and creation of social policy to prevent and control gang activity. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); junior standing. (Spring)

CRIM 4137 (982:137g). Homicide — 3 hrs.

Presentation of a description, discussion, and evaluation of the various types of homicide. Focus on the characteristics and backgrounds of homicidal offenders. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2025 (982:025); junior standing. (Spring)

CRIM 4198 (982:198). Independent Study — 1-3 hrs.

May be repeated with department head approval. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor and department head. (Variable)

CRIM 4216/5216 (982:116g). Correctional Treatment: Theory and Practice — 3 hrs.

Examination of evolution and development of correctional treatment in United States, with special attention to description and evaluation of programs in juvenile and adult corrections. Alternatives to rehabilitative ideal; students are expected to develop other treatment models. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2022 (982:022) or CRIM 2025 (982:025); junior standing. (Fall)

CRIM 4224 (982:124g). Police and Society — 3 hrs.

Sociological investigation of evolution and structure of policing in United States society, with special attention to conflicts and imperatives which define police officers' roles and character of police work. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); junior standing. (Spring)

CRIM 4228/5228 (982:128g). Law and Society — 3 hrs.

Sociological analysis of judicial and jury decision making, legal structures, legislation, power, beliefs, conflict, and social change. Examination of criminal, civil, and public law. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); junior standing. (Fall)

CRIM 4253 (982:153g). Crime and Public Policy — 3 hrs.

Analysis of public policy issues related to crime and justice. Focus on the design, implementation and evaluation of public policy responses to criminal behavior. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2022 (982:022); junior standing. (Fall)

CRIM 4323 (982:123g). Social Deviance and Control — 3 hrs.

Causes and consequences of socially-disapproved behavior; role of social control agencies in recruitment of deviant identities, management of and reaction to deviance; dynamics of labeling processes, and examination of social meaning of non-normative behavior. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); junior standing. (Spring)

CRIM 4331/5331 (982:131g). Women, Crime and Society — 3 hrs.

Sociological analysis of women as victims, offenders, practitioners, and professionals in the criminal justice system. Examination of changing perceptions and behaviors of women in United States and other countries in relation to role expectations of women in criminal justice system. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); junior standing. (Fall)

CRIM 4369/5369 (982:169g). Drugs, Crime, and Society — 3 hrs.

Examination of the relationship between crime and drugs in America. Covers the social and political history of drug use and control, the drug war, the lives of drug addicts, drug treatment policies, and possible revisions to America's drug laws. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); junior standing. (Fall and Spring)

CRIM 4371. Topics in Criminal Justice — 3 hrs.

Topics courses in criminal justice focus on wide variety of issues related to police, courts, and corrections. Topic listed in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2022 (982:022); Junior Standing. (Variable)

CRIM 4381 (982:181g). Topics in Criminology — 3 hrs.

Topics courses in criminology focus on issues related to the definition, causes, patterns consequences, control, and political and social reactions to crime. Other topics focus on specialized topics of interest related to the field of criminology. Topic listed in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2025 (982:025); junior standing. (Variable)

CRIM 4391. Topics in Applied Criminal Justice — 3 hrs.

Topics courses in applied criminal justice focus on issues relating to on-the-job tasks of someone working in the Criminal Justice field. These would include professional development, advanced interviewing skills, special investigation, defensive tactics, and the like. Topic listed in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2022 (982:022); junior standing. (Variable)

CRIM 4485 (982:185). Criminology Internship — 1-6 hrs.

Experiential learning through internship placement in a criminological or criminal justice related agency or position. Requires prior consultation with instructor. Intended for criminology majors. A maximum of three credit hours of CRIM 4485 (982:185) or 4585 may count toward the criminology major. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours in criminology (CRIM xxxx); major GPA of 2.80 or higher; junior standing; consent of instructor and department head. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

CRIM 4575 (982:175). Senior Seminar in Criminology — 3 hrs.

Designed for students nearing graduation. Offers an integration of the major concepts, theories, public policies, and components presented within the field of criminology. Prepares students for careers and the job market. Prerequisite(s): Criminology major only; senior standing or consent of instructor. (Fall and Spring)

CRIM 4585. Practical Field Experience — 1-4 hrs.

Designed for students currently working in the criminal justice system or a field directly related to the system. Provides an opportunity for students to apply academic material to their current jobs in the criminal justice or related field. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001); CRIM 2022 (982:022); CRIM 2025 (982:025); junior standing; consent of Criminology Internship Coordinator and Department Head. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

CRIM 6285 (982:285). Readings in Criminology — 1-3 hrs.

May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor and department head. (Variable)

CRIM 6299 (982:299). Research.

Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor and department head. (Variable)