Mount St. Joseph University

Behavioral & Natural Sciences: Criminology And Criminal Justice Course Descriptions

Undergraduate 2018-2019

CRM 103 Foundations of Criminal Justice (3) LAS
This course covers the spectrum of criminal justice in America. It offers an examination of the criminal justice system by addressing issues of law, deviance, and justice. Students will explore how justice is achieved through law, punishment, and criminal justice agencies and evaluate the nature, scope, sources, purposes, and practical limitations of the criminal justice system. Students will appreciate the complexities of criminal justice laws, policies, and programs and their impact on criminal justice practitioners and active citizens.

CRM 103H HON:Foundations of Criminal Justice (0) LAS
Course description as stated in CRM 103 (Honors Course)

CRM 104 Introduction to Criminalistics (3) LAS
This course provides a foundational overview of criminalistics. Students will be exposed to the basic crime scene investigation (e.g., assessment, processing) and will explore a wide array of physical and trace evidence concepts (e.g., fingerprints, bloodstains, hairs and fibers, firearms, tool marks) and identification techniques. Students will also be introduced to a variety of disciplines within the criminalistics field.

CRM 105 Elements of Inquiry (3)
The overarching goal of this course is to help students learn to write in a manner consistent with the standards of the field. As such, this course is designed to assist students with criminal justice database technology and with writing and research skills specific to the field of criminal justice. For instance, students will learn how to: proficiently use library databases to locate empirical journal articles, critically evaluate information resources and content, and properly cite references. Toward the end of the course, students will gain practical skills to help locate a job in the criminal justice field.

CRM 204 Bullies & Bullets:Victimization in Schools (3)
New Course
Prerequisite(s): SOC 103 or CRM 103
This course explores different forms of crime and victimization in primary and secondary institutions as well as in institutions of higher education. Attention will be given to students' fear of crime, violent and sexual victimizations, drug and alcohol use, bullying and cyberbullying, and school shootings. Exploration of these topics will emphasize how to prevent and reduce these forms of crime and victimization.

CRM 205 Forensic Science Integrated Seminar (2)
Corequisite(s): FOR 210 or CRM 103 or Permission of Instructor
Students will examine the interactions of forensic science and law enforcement, and research forensic science career options and the necessary preparations for them. Interdisciplinary topics to be explored include cold case resolution, forensic science in the courtroom, missing and unidentified persons cases, and forensic science in mass disaster settings. This course is primarily intended for students seeking the Forensic Science Minor; however, it is open to all.

CRM 206 Crime & Constitution (3) LAS
New Course
Crosslisted LGS 206. This course will examine various aspects of crime and criminal procedure that arise from the United States Constitution. Topics covered include search and seizure, due process, indictments, bail, punishments, double jeopardy, self- incrimination, treason, extradition, and the rights to speedy trial by jury, to confront witnesses, and to the effective assistance of counsel.

CRM 207 Animals and Criminal Justice (3) LAS
This course will examine topics such as animal rights animals as victims of violence, the use of service animals, K-9s and their officers, and animals used in corrections or for rehabilitative purposes.

CRM 207S Serv Lrng:Animals and Criminal Justice (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): CRM 207
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

CRM 208 Serial Murder (3) LAS
New Course
This course examines serial murder, a crime that has gained a considerable amount of mystery and fear in society, as well as with members of the criminal justice system. Attention is given to defining this type of crime as well as to the various types of offenders and patterns of offender behavior.

CRM 210 Drugs and Crime (3) LAS
New Course
This course is set to examine the nexus between drugs and crime. Students in this course will learn about a wide variety of drugs of abuse and their effects. Students will also examine the theoretical aspects of the drug-crime connection and review many of the correlates of this relationship. Students will also learn to evaluate both the practical and policy implications of the drug-crime problem.

CRM 217 Cops, Bobbies & Thief-Takers (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103 or SOC 103
This course discusses and surveys: the role of police as formal social control agents in a stratified society; the history of policing; policing as an occupation; the impact of social change on police work; social characteristics of police; styles of policing; police misconduct; and explanations of police behavior.

CRM 218 Victimology (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103 or SOC 103
This course provides an overview of the emerging field of victimology. The course will focus on the following topics: the scope of victimization, theories of victimology, societal response to victims, role of victims in the criminal justice system, resources available to victims, and the various effects that victimization can have on the victim and on his/her relationships with others.

CRM 218H HON:Victimology (0) LAS
Course description as stated in CRM 218 (Honors Course)

CRM 218S Serv Lrng:Victimology (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): CRM 218
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

CRM 220 Courts in America (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103 or SOC 103
The focus of this course is on the American courts system. More specifically, this course will examine the law and its social and political origins, as well as the function, structure, and process of the courts. A thorough examination of the main actors of the courtroom workgroup (i.e., prosecutor, defense attorney, and judge) and jury will be covered. This course will also provide a comprehensive examination of the pretrial and trial processes and procedures, beginning with the arrest and booking of offenders and culminating with their sentencing and appeals. In addition, students will examine juvenile, drug, and diversion courts, as well as critically assess issues related to the media and courts.

CRM 223 Guns,Crime and American Society (3)
New Course
This course intends to help students understand the current debate on gun rights vs. gun control that animates our society. The main purpose of this course is to explore the role guns play in contemporary America from a scholarly perspective (i.e., objectively, based on actual research). This course is set to cover all aspects of guns in society, and as such will explore this topic from a sociological perspective. Tentative subjects of discussion will include, among others, historical and technological aspects of firearms; the 2nd Amendment (history, origins, interpretations); guns by the numbers (prevalence, distribution); gun ownership (attitudes, opinions); gun use (lawful possession, concealed carry, personal defense); gun markets (legal and illegal); gun crimes and injuries (prevalence, responses); and guns in an international perspective.

CRM 225 Sex Crimes (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103 or SOC 103
This course examines deviant and criminal sexual behaviors and practices, as well as the social and criminal justice responses. Students will develop informed analysis of sexual offenses, sexual offenders, and public perceptions of and criminal justice responses to sexually deviant behavior.

CRM 225S Serv Lrng: Sex Crimes (1) EXP
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

CRM 230 Crime Prevention (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103 or SOC 103
This course is designed to provide an exploration of various methods of community crime prevention (prevention outside the traditional confines of the criminal justice system). Relevant theory and research related to neighborhood crime prevention efforts, community policing, school crime prevention, and other situational and environmental prevention measures will be explored critically. As such, this course aims to provide a foundation for a better understanding of the objectives of various crime prevention efforts, as well as the proven effectiveness of these various strategies.

CRM 230S Serv Lrng:Crime Prevention (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): CRM 230
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

CRM 235 Crimes of Technology (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103 or SOC 103
This course examines the intersection of technology and crime. Students will explore the manner in which technology has changed the nature of crime and the ways in which technology has affected efforts to control such crimes.

CRM 240 Crime & Media (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103 or SOC 103
This course examines the connections between crime and various types of popular media. Students will explore the manner in which forms of media influence criminality, as well as the effects of media portrayals of crime and crime control on the criminal justice system and society. Attention will also be given to the social construction of crimes and criminal justice events, the effect that violent media has on social aggression, and media portraits of criminal justice professionals.

CRM 245 Terrorism (3) LAS
New Course
This course will examine the phenomenon of terrorism. Topics to be discussed include: defining terrorism, causes and motivations behind terrorism, various typologies of terrorism, and the response to terrorism.

CRM 292 Forensic Psychology (3) LAS
New Course
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103
Crosslisted PSY 292. Persons with mental illness often come in contact with the legal system, and this course addresses major areas of that confluence from the perspective of a forensic psychologist. Topics include competency, sanity at the time of the offense, involuntary hospitalization, civil litigation, child custody psychological evaluations, psychopathy as it relates to criminal behavior, and the challenges associated with being an expert witness.

CRM 293 Juvenile Delinquency (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103 or SOC 103
The purpose of this course is to help students understand the nature, extent, and course of juvenile delinquency and methods devised by society for controlling anti-social behavior committed by young people.

CRM 293S Serv Lrng:Juvenile Delinquency (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): CRM 293
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

CRM 295 Corrections (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103 or SOC 103
This course provides a thorough examination of the main components of the American corrections system and evaluates the philosophical underpinnings of punishment and penality. Students will explore social forces that shape correctional policy and the subsequent effect of such policies upon those confined and their consequences for society. This course is intended to challenge common views and myths of the correctional system.

CRM 295S Serv Lrng:Corrections (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): CRM 295
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

CRM 298 Community Justice (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103 or SOC 103
This course examines the community justice movement and how it impacts the criminal justice system. Students will examine case studies of efforts to involve the community in the criminal justice system.

CRM 300 Critical Issues in Criminology (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103, additional 6 CRM hours at 200 level or Instructor/Advisor Approval
This course approaches crime and criminality through a survey of issues. Attention is given to key critical issues and policies in the three parts of the criminal justice system. Criminological theory, contemporary research, and current events will inform discussion and debate of these issues throughout the course.

CRM 300H HON:Critical Issues in Criminology (0) LAS
Course description as stated in CRM 300 (Honors Course)

CRM 300S Serv Lrng:Critical Issues in Criminology (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): CRM 300
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

CRM 306 White Collar Crime (3)
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103
This course provides comprehensive overview of white-collar and occupational crimes, as well as the long-term effects such activities have on our society. A variety of white-collar offenses will be covered in this course, including but not limited to: unsafe products; environmental crimes; institutional corruption; securities, corporate and fiduciary fraud; corruption of public officials; medical crime; and computer crime. At the same time, students will engage in a discussion of their causes, the legislation aimed at curtailing such crimes, and possible forms of intervention and enforcement. High-profile cases, as well as the latest trends in white-collar criminal activity will also be discussed.

CRM 307 Fraud Examination (3)
New Course
This course will cover the major methods employees use to commit occupational fraud. Students will learn how and why occupational fraud is committed, how to assess where an organization is at the greatest risk for fraud, how fraudulent conduct can be deterred, and how allegations of fraud should be investigated and resolved.

CRM 350T Crim Law & Procedure for LGS (3)
New Course
Prerequisite(s): LGS 151
Crosslisted LGS 350T. This course will address the basics of criminal law and criminal procedure as it relate to paralegal practice.

CRM 361 Professionalism and Decisionmaking in Criminal Justice (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103, Additional 6 CRM hours at 200 Level.
This course focuses on the examination of selected principles and ethical issues related to law enforcement, courts, and corrections. This course is specifically designed to provide students with an overview of ethical dilemmas relevant to the criminal justice professions and offer suggestions on how these ethical dilemmas might be resolved. Throughout this course, students will have opportunities to cultivate a greater understanding of their own philosophical perspectives that should serve as a foundation for making more informed ethical decisions as they further their criminal justice education and become criminal justice professionals.

CRM 370 Criminological Theory (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103, CRM 105, additional 9 CRM hours at 200 level or Advisor Approval
This course reviews the basic concepts and principles of criminological theories and evaluates the adequacy of criminological theories as explanations of crime and deviant behavior. Students will also explore the connection between criminological theory and social policy.

CRM 370H HON:Criminological Theory (0) LAS
Course description as stated in CRM 370 (Honors Course)

CRM 370S Serv Lrng: Criminological Theory (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): CRM 370
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

CRM 372 Comparative Criminal Justice/Criminology (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103, additional 6 CRM hours at 200 level or Instructor/Advisor Approval
This course focuses on the examination of crime and justice issues from a cross-national vantage point. It is specifically designed to provide students with a better understanding of comparative and international issues relevant to the criminology and criminal justice professions. Throughout this course, students will have opportunities to cultivate a greater knowledge and understanding of the American criminal justice system, and examine how its various components compare to those of other countries around the world. Global issues, such as terrorism, transnational organized crime, and human trafficking will also be reviewed and analyzed. This course will give students the knowledge needed to interact with justice system agents in other countries, and suggest ways to improve our own domestic system of justice.

CRM 375 Criminology Research (3)
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103, CRM 105, additional 9 CRM hours at 200 level, additional 3 CRM hours at 300 level
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the logic of social research methods and the scientific method of inquiry. In doing so, this course will cover topics such as experimental design, survey research, methods of evaluation research, sampling, and the contrast between quantitative and qualitative research.

CRM 375S Serv Lrng:Criminology Research (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): CRM 375
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

CRM 380 Independent Study (1-3)
Student-initiated project intended to add a new dimension of education and encourage intellectual activity, initiative and sustained effort. Topics to be chosen in consultation with an instructor who has special competence in the subject involved. Open to junior and senior majors. Approval of instructor required.

CRM 392 Managing Criminal Justice Organizations (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103, additional 6 CRM hours at 200 level or Instructor/Advisor Approval
This course focuses on the administration and management of criminal justice professionals (i.e., individuals in law enforcement, courts, and corrections). In doing so, we will explore issues facing employees, interpersonal relations, and group dynamics. Students will also examine the operations of entire criminal justice organizations, current management principles, and various administrative processes. These concepts will be assessed through relevant organizational theory, empirical research, and famous case studies.

CRM 395 Criminal Investigation (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103, CRM 217, additional 3 CRM hours at 200 level
This course explores the principles and practices underlying the criminal investigation process. The course will draw upon both the theory of investigations and the current body of research to assess the effectiveness, equity, and efficiency of current investigative practices.

CRM 396 Cooperative Education Work Experience:Parallel (1-3) EXP
Prerequisite(s): CED 220
A work-related experience supervised by a faculty coordinator in collaboration with the cooperative education staff. Credit is awarded on successful completion of the work experience, documentation of predetermined Learning Agreement and evaluation of work performance. Course may be repeated up to six credit hours. Evaluation of work performed is on a pass/fail basis.

CRM 397 Social Deviance (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103, additional 6 CRM hours at 200 level or Instructor/Advisor Approval
This course examines the concept of social deviance and the manner in which society defines and responds to deviance. Also discussed are the various forms of social control used to control deviant behavior, beliefs, and conditions of persons in society.

CRM 400 Senior Thesis (3)
Prerequisite(s): CRM 217, CRM 218, CRM 220, CRM 295, CRM 300, CRM 370, CRM 375 and Senior Standing
Criminology majors are required to complete a senior thesis research project. The thesis must be a substantive piece of scholarship involving primary or secondary research that serves to synthesize knowledge acquired over the course of the students' undergraduate career. Thesis projects are designed to demonstrate critical-thinking skills and students' knowledge of criminology and the criminal justice system. Students must apply concepts and theories, collect, analyze, and interpret data, and develop relevant policy implications.

CRM 407 Law & Society (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103, additional 6 CRM hours at 200 level 3 hours at 300 level or Instructor/Advisor Approval
Crosslisted SOC 407. This course studies the relationship between law and society through the lens of social identity. Through core law & society concepts, students will gain a cross-cultural understanding of how law produces a socially acceptable identity, how we mobilize law in a number of ways to either conform to or resist law, and the implications law has for concepts of race, class, gender, and culture.

CRM 408 Biosocial Criminology (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103, additional 6 CRM hours at 200 level 3 hours at 300 level or Instructor/Advisor Approval
This course will introduce students to biosocial criminology, an emerging interdisciplinary subfield in the criminological discipline. This subfield strives to understand the association between genes, biology, the brain, the environment and antisocial behavior. Students will consider questions as to whether there are "natural-born killers", what makes a successful psychopath, and is it morally wrong for us to punish those who are biologically-wired for a life of crime. Students will explore new biosocial treatments for violence and analyze controversial theories of biosocial crime prevention.

CRM 496 Cooperative Education Work Experience:Alternating (1-3) EXP
Prerequisite(s): CED 220
A work-related experience supervised by a faculty coordinator in collaboration with the cooperative education staff. Credit is awarded on successful completion of the work experience, documentation of predetermined Learning Agreement and evaluation of work performance. Course may be repeated up to six credit hours. Evaluation of work performed is on a pass/fail basis.