Dr. Carlene Turner,
The Sociology Department focuses on providing understanding of social issues such as crime, poverty, injustice, urban and family problems based on scientific principles of society. The Department is committed to student excellence, preparing students to address these issues in society by working closely with them to encourage and develop their skills. Through research and scholarly activities, faculty contribute to the further understanding of human behavior and involve students in these activities. Simultaneously, the Department seeks to serve as an interface between the theoretically-oriented university and the pragmatically-oriented community and to be involved in community service. As a channel of scientific knowledge, the Sociology Department is prepared to introduce innovative programs to meet the needs of a dynamic, diverse society. The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Masters of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice, and Urban Affairs.
CJS 571 Youth Crime, and the School (3 Credits)
The role of school experiences in the etiology of juvenile crime has been debated for a long time. Recent incidents of violence occurring on school grounds have increased concern for the safety of students. The response of schools to violence, drug abuse, and other crimes will be examined to identify programs that have been successful in reducing youth crime.
CJS 575 Legal Aspects of Juvenile Justice (3 Credits)
Juvenile justice has made a distinction between criminal and status offenses. Courts have recognized this distinction in specifying the rights of juveniles when violating cultural norms. The course examines legal policies affecting youth including their transference to criminal courts. Procedures in the United States are compared to those in other societies.
CJS 590 Readings in Criminal Justice (3 Credits)
This is an intensive and directed reading course in criminal justice.
CJS 592F Sp Top: Dis Min Ctct & Ctvr Iss Juv Just (3 Credits)
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CJS 592L Special Topics: Women in the Criminal Justice System (3 Credits)
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CJS 592M Spec Tpcs: Environ Crime & Justice (3 Credits)
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CJS 601 Systems of Criminal Justice (3 Credits)
This course examines the traditional model of criminal justice in the United States by comparing it to criminal justice systems of selected other countries. The course also introduces a restorative justice model as an alternative to the adversarial system currently followed by most jurisdictions.
CJS 607 Minorities in Criminal Justice (3 Credits)
Although minorities are disproportionately over-represented in arrests, conviction, and incarcerations, they are disproportionately under-represented among criminal justice practitioners. This course examines theories advanced to account for and methods offered to alter these figures.
CJS 610 Theories of Crime and Delinquency (3 Credits)
A number of theories of crime and delinquency have been developed from a variety of perspectives including biological, psychological, sociological, feminist, and conflict. This course addresses the major ideas offered to explain criminal behavior. Similarities and differences between the theories are noted. Criteria for evaluating the usefulness of a theory are identified.
CJS 611 Admin of Criminal Justice Organizations (3 Credits)
This course rests upon the premise that criminal justice agencies need to apply sound principles of organizational management in order to be efficient. The course studies how corporate and public administration techniques may be applied to criminal justice agencies.
CJS 612 Strategic Planning for Criminal Justice (3 Credits)
Increasingly, criminal justice practitioners recognize the importance of planning and preparing for criminal situations before they occur. This course examines ways to use current information to plan for the future in structuring organizations, setting priorities, and identifying resources needed to be more effective.
CJS 613 Community Policing (3 Credits)
Recently, police departments have adopted techniques to bring community citizens and police officers closer together so that by working together crime may be reduced. This course compares different models of community policing and techniques for evaluating their impact.
CJS 616 Restorative Justice (3 Credits)
Restorative justice recognizes that any response to crime should bring victims and offenders to reconciliation in which a sense of community is re-established. A number of theoretical perspectives exist within this broad framework. The course introduces techniques of mediation and other methods of restorative justice.
CJS 618 Legal Issues in Cj Management (3 Credits)
This course focuses on the examination and analysis of legal implications and challenges of criminal justice management decisions, policies, programs, and the roles of the criminal justice manager.
CJS 644 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 Credits)
Information about criminal behavior shapes theories and responses to crime. Therefore, it is important to develop valid and reliable data which can be used to understand criminal justice issues. Standards for obtaining and evaluating empirical data are articulated in this course.
CJS 645 Quantitative Analysis in Cj (3 Credits)
Quantitative data are the backbones of theory testing and organizational decision making. This course identifies statistical databases and introduces analytical techniques to produce meaningful information. Skills with computer applications are developed.
CJS 650 Criminal Justice Policy Analysis (3 Credits)
Scientific based facts are essential for sound criminal justice policies. At the same time, such policies reflect political forces in society. This course examines procedures for analyzing how policies are enacted and implemented by focusing on specific case studies.
CJS 651 Criminal Justice Ethics (3 Credits)
Any system of justice must acknowledge the importance of an ethical foundation. This course studies different paradigms of ethical behavior and procedures that may be followed if unethical acts occur. The course recognizes that all citizens, not just criminal justice professionals, must address ethical principles.
CJS 660 Crime Victims and Victim Services (3 Credits)
This course introduces students to some of the important issues and controversies concerning victims of crime. Students will develop an appreciation for the victimization experience by studying the major perspectives concerning the roles of victims in criminal events and the criminal justice system, the provision of services to crime victims, and the importance of power related to crime victims. The course will examine crime victims in the United States and other countries.
CJS 665 Criminal Justice Internship (3 Credits)
Students will perform various duties in agencies and organizations active in criminal justice. An agency supervisor and the internship supervisor will direct each student in mastering relevant skills to complete the tasks associated with a significant position in the internship agency. During the internships each student will be considered a quasi-working member of the agency.
CJS 672 Policing and Adjudicating Juveniles (3 Credits)
The course considers the advantages and disadvantages of special youth bureaus in police departments. Further consideration is given to the structure and procedures of juvenile justice.
CJS 674 Juvenile Corrections and Treatment (3 Credits)
The philosophy of protecting juveniles has been the traditional perspective of the United States. Consequently, rehabilitation rather than punishment has been the objective in responding to juvenile delinquents. Changing perspectives on youth have brought about more punitive responses to young criminals, however. The conflict between corrections and treatment is considered in how societies seek justice for juveniles.
CJS 676 Juvenile Delinquency & Justice System (3 Credits)
Examines the meaning of the concept of juvenile delinquency as a separate entity in the criminal justice system. The course also surveys youth victimization and offending patterns and analyzes the diverse theoretical explanations of delinquency.
CJS 678 Juvenile Offenders and Youth Gangs (3 Credits)
Juvenile delinquency has come to be almost synonymous with gang membership. Yet, there is some question about the prevalence of juvenile gangs and their criminality. The course examines gangs throughout history and traces their structures using research-based facts explicating the importance of youth gangs in society.
CJS 681 Youth and Society (3 Credits)
This course introduces students to some of the important issues and controversies concerning youth in society. The course will examine youth in the United States and other countries. The basic point of view is that youth is a social construct reflecting both social structural and cultural influences. This course examines how the roles of youth are defined for different age groups and cultures. The emphasis is on understanding how societal factors influence youthful behavior for conformity and deviance.
CJS 689 Gender, Crime, and Justice (3 Credits)
Examination of gender issues within the criminal justice system. This course focuses on women as offenders, prisoners, victims, and survivors of crime and as professionals.
CJS 690 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (3 Credits)
Students under faculty guidance analyze specific areas of interest in criminal justice.
CJS 699 Thesis (6 Credits)
Students in this course will design and conduct original criminal or juvenile justice research under the guidance of a faculty committee. The final, written report will present the research problem, theoretical rationale, methodology, results, and interpretation with policy implications as appropriate. An approved thesis proposal is required as a prerequisite to this course. Permission of instructor is required.
CJS 750 Continuing Registration (0 Credits)
To allow Criminal Justice graduate students who have completed course work to remain in good standing while working on their thesis or comprehensive examination.
CJS 752 Comprehensive Examination (0 Credits)
This course is required for all students taking the comprehensive examination. Students should register for the course the semester they intend to sit for the comprehensive examination.
UAF 570 Introduction to Urban Studies (3 Credits)
This course is designed to provide insights into the occurrence of urbanization and focuses on the transformations of communities from rural to urban. Basic definitions of urban studies are introduced along with the nature of contemporary urban problems: historical and more recent involvements of governmental jurisdictions in urban problem solving; competitive recommendations for a national urban policy; and character and problems of current urban research activities.
UAF 575 Information Systems Research/Evaluation (3 Credits)
This course is designed as an introductory course in data processing, as related to urban administration. The student will be made aware of the various usages of the computer in administrative decision making, conduction of research studies, and in-program evaluation. Advantages and disadvantages of the computer will be investigated, and different languages and canned programs will be introduced.
UAF 580 Urban Health and Disparities (3 Credits)
This is an interdisciplinary course combining perspectives from Urban Affairs, Public Health, and Sociology. The course will provide students with a framework for investigating urban health and how it is shaped by and impacts demographic forces such as race and class. The disparities in American and global cities which impact public health and the provision of health care will be examined. Urban health disparities on phenomena such as physical, mental, and social health, food security, transportation, and crime will be examined. The role of disenfranchised communities in creating healthy cities will be examined.
UAF 611 Urban Problems in Contemporary America (3 Credits)
This course focuses upon the impact of urban problems in urban centers. It provides critical analyses of the nature of contemporary urban problems including opposing views and definitions of the "Urban Crisis" and attempts to distinguish specific "Urban Problems" from the more general social problems manifested mostly in urban areas. Special examinations will be made of significant research performed in order to analyze major urban issues.
UAF 614 Structural Models for Urban Action (3 Credits)
This course provides practice in studying urban settlements with a view of understanding the relatively stable structures setting limits on community publication. The sociological, political, economic, and other commonly used models of "community power" and other structures are briefly studied, followed by a comparative analysis of surveys in different communities and areas. Emphasis is placed upon the structural design for relevant action by urban policy professionals.
UAF 616 Executive Management and Leadership (3 Credits)
This course explores the appropriate roles of urban executives and administrators in determining and realizing democratic goals and in fostering the values of responsible societies. Consideration will be given to executive managerial objectives, functions, means toward ends, organization and resources in achieving program objectives, the exercise of leadership, decision making, motivation, and management of conflict. Comparisons are drawn among administrative roles at different levels and in varying cultural environments.
UAF 620 Housing and Redevelopment Policy (3 Credits)
This course involves a comparative review of housing legislation, urban renewal, and related community development among selected nations. Policy and program development is analyzed to identify the bases of public support. Particular attention is given to the social, economic, and political forces directed toward the amelioration of urban ills. Urban administrators are viewed as both initiators and implementers of public policy, in addition to being advocates and initiators of new policies and programs.
UAF 690 Urban Policy Analysis/Program Dev (3 Credits)
An overview of urban processes through the utilization of general systems theory and the applied tools of systems analysis is explored. Critical review of major contemporary issues of the city as a system and an evaluation of the potentials of the most significant dimensions of policy making are dealt with. Developing skills in the critical evaluation of applied methodologies and program formulation and assisting in the determination of organizational effectiveness are also major considerations.
UAF 693 Urban Community Field Placement (3 Credits)
Each student in the Urban Affairs program, who has not had or is not presently involved in related work experience, is expected to expend a designated period of time in field placement at a government or private industry or service agency. The purpose is to provide or continue practical experience, to test academic models, to participate in inter-group experiences, and to develop skills related to the day-to-day agency functions in the delivery of human services.
UAF 695 Readings in Urban Affairs (3 Credits)
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UAF 696 Special Topics in Urban Affairs (3 Credits)
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UAF 697 Urban Research Methods I (3 Credits)
This course focuses on the research design method of data collection and problems of measurement.
UAF 698 Urban Research Methods II (3 Credits)
This course focuses on data reduction, analysis, interpretation, application, and utilization of data.
UAF 699 Thesis/Urban Affairs (6 Credits)
Thesis research is an individual research project and is required of all students for graduation. It is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study empirical or historical social problems and their impact on urban living. The thesis process requires students' developing both a problem statement and a research design, analyzing and summarizing numerical data, and reaching a justifiable conclusion. Policy implications/recommendations are also expected.
UAF 750 Continuing Registration (0 Credits)
Continuous registration is required for all degree-seeking graduate students.
UAF 752 Comprehensive Exam (0 Credits)
This course is required for all students taking the comprehensive examination. Students should register for this course the semester they intend to sit for the comprehensive examination.