This course investigates and analyzes the three major components of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections.
This course is an introduction to the basics of social statistics—the methods and techniques sociologists, policy analysts, and other social scientists use to summarize numeric data obtained from censuses, surveys, and experiments.
This course provides a comparative study of the criminal justice system in six countries: England, China, France, Germany, Japan, and Saudi Arabia. It is designed to provide insight into the basic philosophies of justice and the many families of law (ancient legal traditions, civil law, common law, socialist law, and Islamic law) that exist among these countries. Students will learn how these current criminal justice processes evolved. They will also learn to compare each respective approaches to policing, courts, and corrections. Students will also analyze current and future issues related to international crime and criminal justice, including terrorism, transnational organized crime, and delinquency.
This course provides an overview of theories of criminal behavior as well as current issues in criminology. Students will be exposed to biological, sociological, and psychological theories of crime as well as opposing viewpoints on important topics in criminology.
Students will be introduced to the sociological study of deviance and social control with a focus on the social construction of deviant behavior and the relative nature of such definitions through time and across cultures. Additionally, students will review current research on selected types of deviance to understand the individual and structural dimension of behavior as well as implications for policy and social control.
This course will cover the development, proliferation, institutionalization, and goals of the components of the criminal justice system (CJS) and their administration. They include law enforcement, the judiciary and corrections—the so-called “three tiered” system. The final section will cover the ethics of managing justice and punishment.
This course will acquaint students of criminal justice with the overall structure of state and federal courts, including jurisdiction, sources of law, civil and criminal legal procedures from initial pleadings through appeal, substantive civil and criminal law, and policy issues about the role of the judiciary in representative government.
Forensic science is the study and application of science to law. Forensic science involves the relationship between the applications of chemistry, biology and other scientific disciplines and the criminal investigative and justice processes. Areas included are drug identification, serology, DNA, latent prints, firearms, toxicology, and trace identification. Students will be presented with theories and principles related to methods in the recognition, collection, preservation, and analysis of physical evidence. Actual forensic cases will be presented and discussed throughout the course.
This course will examine the impact of drug abuse on contemporary American society. Students will learn about drug regulation and legal issues, how drugs affect the brain and shape behavior, and about the various categories of drugs and their characteristics. The course will also focus on drug abuse prevention, treating drug dependence, and law enforcement programs to address drugs in society.
This course provides a comprehensive introduction and overview of the foundations of policing. Students will be exposed to descriptive and analytical approaches to policing in America. It will provide information on the challenges that police face, what police do, and who they are.
This is a survey course covering the development of the field of corrections from its early American roots to the present. Included are discussions of the role and function of jails, traditional and modern correctional facilities, private/contract corrections, and probation and parole. Corrections is the third component of the system.
This course provides students with the theoretical and practical aspects of criminal investigation. Students will develop an analytical and practical understanding of investigative methodology, the collection and preservation of physical evidence and will explore current crime-solving technology.
This course provides an in-depth exploration of cyber crime and cyber security. It is an intensive study of the types of crime committed in cyberspace, a profile of offenders and current legal issues in cyberspace. Students will explore emerging issues information assurance and prevention of cyber crimes and examine the proper collection, preservation, and examination of digital evidence.
This course provides an overview of juvenile delinquency in the United States, including current issues. Students will read both classic studies on the emergence of the juvenile system and current research on trends in juvenile delinquency.
This course explores historical, legal, ethical, and sociological aspects of capital punishment in the American experience. We will examine capital punishment as practiced from colonial times to present; the moral, legal, and political conflicts surrounding the American death penalty; the players and personalities in our capital punishment system; and representations of capital punishment in American culture.
We will study human trafficking from a historical and also modern perspective both in the United States and in the global context. Human trafficking is modern day slavery. There are more slaves in the world today than before the abolition of old slavery. Estimates show there are about 27-30 million people are enslaved in the world today. Human trafficking is a 32 billion dollar industry worldwide and is second only to drug trafficking with 36 billion dollar revenue. In this course, we will explore the different kinds of trafficking, affects of globalization, the demand, and what we (as citizens and government) can do in order to combat human trafficking.
One to three hours. Prerequisite: junior standing and permission from OU Extended Campus advisor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit nine hours. Field experience in issues related to a student’s area of study. Students will gain knowledge through experiential and on-the-job practice. (F, Sp, Su).