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JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY

JLC-444 Topics in Criminal Justice Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Criminal Justice (3) Topics vary by section. Rotating topics concerning criminal justice including the death penalty and the law, race and justice, and crime prevention. Repeatable for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: JLC-104 and JLC-280.

JLC-444-001
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Extreme Punishments
Extreme Punishments (3) America has the highest incarceration rate in the western world, if not the entire world. In addition, America leads the western world in the use of extreme penal sanctions: life sentences, death sentences, and extended solitary confinement. Conditions in American prisons, particularly high security prisons reserved for those serving extreme sanctions, are uniquely harsh and have been described by researchers as dehumanizing and hellish, and ultimately un-survivable in the face of widespread and even routine violations of human dignity. The nature, scope, and origins of these cruel penal practices, as well as the human rights violations they entail, are the focus of this course. Meets with JLC-696 001.
JLC-444-002
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Constit & Criminal Procedure
The Constitution and Criminal Procedure (3) Constitutional standards and operation of the criminal justice system. Police practices, bail, decision to prosecute, scope of prosecution, grand jury proceedings, preliminary hearings, right to counsel, right to speedy trial, plea bargaining, discovery and disclosure, jury trial, trial by newspaper, double jeopardy, and post-trial proceedings. Meets with JLC-608 001.
JLC-444-004
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Victims' Rights
Victims' Rights (3) Victims have rights in federal criminal cases. This course explores questions including what rights victims have, what the limits are of those rights and how they co-exist with defendants' rights, as well as who qualifies as a victim. The course also covers the history of victims' rights in the United States, from the days of private prosecutors to today. Meets with JLC-696 004.
JLC-444-005
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Anatomy of a Homicide
Anatomy of a Homicide (3) This course examines legal and ethical issues that arise during the investigation, trial, and sentencing phases of a criminal case. The course examines homicide cases and cold case murders, which present some of the most challenging and emotionally-charged issues that arise in the criminal justice system. Students study actual fact patterns, consider issues raised from a prosecutorial or defense perspective, and participate in courtroom observation. Students learn how to read, analyze, and apply the applicable law as it relates to facts of each case.
JLC-444-001
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Wrongful Convictions
Instructional Method: Online. Wrongful Convictions (3) Every discipline is subject to errors, and the criminal justice system is no different. One of the most serious criminal justice errors is the conviction of an innocent person. In this course, students step behind the scenes of criminal investigations and prosecutions as they learn about how each stage can go awry. Topics include eyewitness misidentification, cognitive biases, forensic science errors, and prosecutorial misconduct. The course also addresses the consequences of wrongful conviction, not only for the wrongfully convicted, but also the original crime victims and society as a whole.
JLC-444-001
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Policing in a Global Context
Policing in a Global Context (3) Law enforcement is evolving more quickly and under more scrutiny than ever before in the United States. Operating in such a charged, ever-changing environment leaves little opportunity or time to seek answers to critical programmatic questions. Internationally, the established norms of security and policing are also being tested and reformed at a similarly rapid rate. Innovative and effective policing strategies for U.S. policing may well lie well beyond the borders of our country. Students test this hypothesis using a three-part framework: analysis of classical-to-contemporary policing theory and commentary; policing perspectives presented in class by law enforcement practitioners from around the world; and analyses of key policing topics that develop and improve their analytical and communication skills. Meets with JLC-696 004.
JLC-444-002
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: The Death Penalty and the Law
The Death Penalty and the Law (3) This course examines all facets of the death penalty, beginning with an historical introduction to set the stage for how this seemingly primitive punishment has evolved through the years. A general background is provided for students lacking a foundation. The constitutional issues surrounding the death penalty, as well as the law that sustains its implementation are studied and discussed, as well as execution methods. Students study the constitutional amendments that provide the framework from which most death penalty litigation begins; mainly the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution. Students learn how to read, analyze, and apply the law as it relates to death penalty analysis.
JLC-444-003
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Constit & Criminal Procedure
The Constitution and Criminal Procedure (3) Constitutional standards and operation of the criminal justice system. Police practices, bail, decision to prosecute, scope of prosecution, grand jury proceedings, preliminary hearings, right to counsel, right to speedy trial, plea bargaining, discovery and disclosure, jury trial, trial by newspaper, double jeopardy, and post-trial proceedings. Meets with JLC-608 001.
JLC-444-004
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Race Issues in Justice
Race Issues in Justice (3) Race and justice are inextricably linked. From institutionalized racism on both global and domestic scales to de facto and de jure segregation, profiling in criminal justice, and environmental justice, among other topics, this course explores racism in its varied forms through a justice lens, tying the historic to the present and how these two impactful concepts relate to public policy. Discussions are framed by the required texts and readings, while also infusing current events, headlines, scholarly opinions, and relevant subject matter into the examination of this topic.
JLC-444-005
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Inside-Out: Criminal Procedure
Inside-Out: Criminal Procedure (3) This course incorporates both law and social sciences to examine major areas in American criminal procedure, including juries, search and seizure, Miranda rights, and the right to counsel. Specific topics in criminal procedure are addressed including police interrogation, juries, searches and seizures, indigent defense, and racial profiling. Several class meetings are held off-campus at a partner prison. Permission: instructor.
JLC-444-006
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Policing in a Global Context
Policing in a Global Context (3) Law enforcement is evolving more quickly and under more scrutiny than ever before in the United States. Operating in such a charged, ever-changing environment leaves little opportunity or time to seek answers to critical programmatic questions. Internationally, the established norms of security and policing are also being tested and reformed at a similarly rapid rate. Innovative and effective policing strategies for U.S. policing may well lie well beyond the borders of our country. Students test this hypothesis using a three-part framework: analysis of classical-to-contemporary policing theory and commentary; policing perspectives presented in class by law enforcement practitioners from around the world; and analyses of key policing topics that develop and improve their analytical and communication skills. Meets with JLC-696 004.
JLC-444-007
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Anatomy of Homicide Cold Case
Anatomy of a Homicide Cold Case (3) This course examines legal and ethical issues that arise during the investigation, trial, and sentencing phases of a criminal case through the study of homicide cases and cold case murders, which present some of the most challenging and emotionally-charged issues that arise in the criminal justice system. Students study actual fact patterns, consider issues raised from a prosecutorial or defense perspective, and participate in courtroom observation. Students learn how to read, analyze, and apply the applicable law as it relates to facts of each case.