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CCJS631: Ethics in Criminal Justice, 3 credits.

This course will offer an introduction into theories of ethics and morality. Then, it will focus on how management in law enforcement can balance legal, cultural, political and practical matters in making decisions that are ethical, moral and just.

CCJS632: Making Sense of Criminal Justice Methods and Statistics, 3 credits.

This course will teach students how to better understand research that relies on statistics and to then apply this understanding to common criminal justice problems. The course will introduce basic statistical concepts that are necessary for analyzing crime and evaluating criminal justice programs and policies. Students will learn to interpret and assess the quality of reports that present crime trends, descriptive statistics, correlations, datamining efforts, geo‐spatial and social media analytics, risk analysis for repeat offenders, hot spots of crime, and experimental research. By the end of the semester, students will learn to assess critically the quality of published research and evaluate its implications for criminal justice policy.

CCJS633: Translating Research into Practice, 3 credits.

This course is designed to teach students about the criminal justice programs and practices with the strongest scholarly evidence of effectiveness. The course will also train students to glean information from the latest research evaluations in order to elicit best practices. It will focus on understanding data sources and the fundamentals of research methods and to assess how each shape the conclusions that can be drawn. At the end of this course, students will be able to distinguish between stronger and weaker research, understand the benefits of evaluation, and delineate next steps in applying research evidence to practice.

CCJS658: Civil Legal Issues in Policing, 3 credits.

This course covers civil legal issues, such as private rights of actions by citizens against police officers and departments, including constitutional and statutory tort liability, qualified immunity citizen remedies, and damage exposure to individual police officers and police departments. It will also cover Justice Department and/or state civil rights “pattern and practice” litigation.

CCJS***: Building Partnerships with Criminal Justice and Social Services Agencies, 3 credits:

This course will emphasize research on how criminal justice professionals can work across social service agencies in order to more comprehensively approach problems that engage different support systems. Evidence and best practices will be provided for how police and other criminal justice professionals can work with mental health experts, counselors, emergency room doctors, drug rehabilitation experts and other social service resources in order to better process differ types of cases.

CCJS***: Patterns of and Responses to Terrorism, 3 credits:

This course will provide an introduction to the study of terrorism and criminal justice responses to terrorism. The course explores definitions of terrorism and challenges posed by terrorism to police and other criminal justice agents due to the many different ideologies used to justify terrorism, differences between domestic and international threats, and differences across terrorist groups. The course will also introduce students to the processing of terrorism cases by the criminal justice system, including responses of police, prosecutors and corrections officials. The course explores the advantages and disadvantages of different policing approaches to counterterrorism, the effect of new technologies on counterterrorism policing policies, and the challenge of balancing effective policing policies and civil liberties.

CCJS***: Campus Safety, 3 credits:

Recent events (e.g., mass shootings, sexual assault, bias crimes) call attention to the importance of understanding crime on university campuses. This course will focus on issues such as working with campus law enforcement, the role of university administration and student services, relevant university policies, and the connection between such crimes and crime in the surrounding community.

CCJS***: Technology in Modern Policing, 3 credits:

This course covers a range of topics that include how leaders and managers in the criminal justice system can use various technology resources to better track employee/unit‐level performance, effectively deploy resources, and respond to crime trends. It delves into both the challenges and opportunities presented by modern technology and covers a wide range of issues (such as use of body cameras, overt cameras like Baltimore's City Watch program) and other technological advances used in modern policing. Given that many agencies have adopted a Compstat‐like model, this class also helps students develop the technical skills necessary to succeed.

SOCY641: Leadership in Diverse Organizations, 3 credits:

This course will focus on strategies to manage large- and small-scale organizations and government entities. The course will focus more specifically on managing diverse organizations in the 21st century and bringing people together with different interests and backgrounds. Students will learn how to formulate goals for the organization as well as implement individual employee goals for maximum production and buy-in. Students will learn how to develop a vision for their organization and implement strategic plans by setting milestones. Students will also learn the theory behind effective leadership by gaining an understanding of leadership ethics, organizational culture, and how to influence small and large groups of people.

SOCY643: Power and Status in Organizations, 3 credits:

This course will focus on the social psychological dimensions of power and status. Power and status are frequent drivers of social interactions. This course will focus on understanding the minds of employees, mastering human interactions and organizational culture, managing emotions in the workplace, and leverage the power of language.

SOCY646: Public Image Management and Policy Solutions, 3 credits:

This course will teach students how to mitigate and solve problems that arise in their organization. Students will learn how to evaluate their organization, make recommendations for future development, and implement the practical aspects of the solution. Problems arise daily in organizations. Leaders need effective strategies to mitigate and solve these problems. While some problems are structural, daily problems often focus on social interactions among people. The course will focus on evaluating the source of problems, enhancing cultural competency among employees, restructuring and rebranding the organization, managing public image, and forming and implementing innovative policy solutions for long-term goals.

SOCY657: Constitutional Law and Public Safety, 3 credits:

The course covers topics related to constitutional issues inherent to the practice of policing, including Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment rights.

SOCY***: Applied Research Methods, 3 credits:

This course will focus on understanding and evaluating organization data to make comparisons across time and with other organizations. Students will learn how to find and access data, learn how to sample their organizations and constituents, analyze and interpret data, such as crime and education statistics, by understanding ratios and predicted probabilities, and present data in tables, graphs, and reports.

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