This course will give you a basic overview of research techniques, how those techniques have demonstrated success and failure of programs in American criminal justice and what obstacles can prevent research findings from instigating change.
This course will enhance your understanding of criminological theory through examination of the historical, social and political context from which theories emerged.
The backbone of activity within criminal justice consists of policies and programs that have been developed to meet dynamic social needs. In this course, you’ll learn the process of policy development from beginning to end and examine what research has shown to be effective crime control policy.
You’ll combine principles from the major ethical positions charted by Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Mill, Kant and Rawls with codes of practice and current case law, while examining case vignettes and discussing the ethical components of each case.
This course will delve into the evolving field of victimology, including the reemergence of the victim as the rightful focus of the criminal justice system and public policy.
In this course, you’ll learn about practical strategies for resolving conflict with both internal and external customers. You’ll also complete a self-assessment of your own conflict management style as measured by the TKI Conflict Mode Instrument.
This course introduces the topics of probation, parole and other alternatives to incarceration. Emphasis is place on the role of research and program evaluation in determining policy and program effectiveness.
This course will expand on the concept of community policing by providing a history of policing. You’ll examine the effectiveness of community partnerships, researching methods of solving problems within communities and developing a strategy to implement community policing in a police department.
Offering an overview of juvenile delinquency and the juvenile justice system, this course will examine the historical background of juvenile delinquency while focusing on the depth and breadth of the problem. This will include the latest juvenile justice statistics and trend data, as well as intervention and diversion programs used to address juvenile delinquency and crime.
This course will increase your knowledge and understanding of restorative justice, a new movement within the criminal justice system that began at the turn of the century. You’ll learn about the restorative justice model and examine the way drug courts have implemented the key principles of restorative justice into beneficial programs that have proven successful in crime deterrence and improvement in public health.
This course is an in-depth study of human trafficking–both labor trafficking and sex trafficking–in select countries around the world, including the United States. Each country will be examined as both a destination and a departure point for victims. How each country responds to victims will also be studied.
This course will increase your knowledge and understanding of ethical and effective leadership within the criminal justice and corrections profession. You’ll have an opportunity to identify and evaluate your own leadership style and level of competence.
This course examines the origins, extent and consequences of racial and ethnic overrepresentation in contemporary American criminal and juvenile justice systems.
This course covers the issues and concerns associated with the management and operation of correctional facilities housing juvenile and aging inmates. Issues and concerns of public policy associated with appropriate punishment and treatment of these inmates will be examined.
You’ll examine the origins, extent and consequences of class/social inequity at all stages of the contemporary American criminal and juvenile justice systems.
This course will address issues involving the high rate of individuals with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system. You’ll have an opportunity to advance your own understanding of mental health issues in your professional work, as well as advocate for quality treatment and care of offenders with mental disorders.
This course offers an in-depth examination of women and crime, particularly in the United States, from a sociological perspective.
You’ll gain a broad knowledge of the key issues and emerging themes in scholarship on penology and corrections. Specific attention will be devoted to the United States and the significant correctional issues it faces.
This course addresses how incarceration affects families and communities. The indirect costs associated with incarceration, the psychological harm to offenders stemming from life in prison and the stress correctional employees face in one of the most difficult work environments in America will be studied. You’ll have an opportunity to develop personal prevention strategies and improvement strategies for your workplace.
The criminal justice system is significantly impacted by substance abuse and drug crimes. This course will provide you with an in-depth examination of substance abuse history and trends in the United States, as well as in Oklahoma.
This course offers a historical view of United States drug policy and examines how to implement drug policy on a state and local level. You’ll study the global nature of drug supply and demand, the effect of the Columbian connection for cocaine and the emergence and violent thriving of the Mexican drug cartels.
This course covers gang formation, risk factors for joining gangs and the effectiveness of different types of gang prevention and intervention. The historical backgrounds of gangs, drugs and violence in America, as well as current issues related to these subjects, will be explored.
This course will explore the dynamics of leadership within the law enforcement context. You’ll be required to step out of the passive learner role and take on primary responsibility for defining, researching and reflecting on what it means to be a police leader as emphasis is placed on personal relevance and self-refection.
The life-course paradigm has emerged as a potentially powerful tool for understanding criminal behavior. This course will give you an in-depth look at the life-course paradigm and its application to criminal justice policy.
In this course, you’ll learn about crime analysis and the use of the data gained to intelligently prevent and/or interdict crime. Topics include criminal analysis strategies, geographic information systems and the use of intelligence analysis and crime mapping.
Cyber forensics is the process of extracting information and data from computer storage media and guaranteeing its accuracy and reliability. In this course, you’ll learn how to find, collect and preserve data, as well as present it in a manner acceptable in a court of law.
You’ll study various criminal justice topics determined each semester by the instructor involved.
You’ll participate in 75 working hours (per credit hour) of field experience directly related to your study focus in the master's program. See also: