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Criminal Justice Studies Discipline Courses Details

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C J 300 : Criminal Justice: A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; ENG 214 with grade of C- or better; completion of any segment I Critical Thinking course with grade of C- or better.
Description: Analysis and critique of the contemporary criminal justice system. Includes field observation and guest lecturers. Classwork, 3 units; fieldwork, 1 unit.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Segment III Cluster - Law, Crime, and Justice
  • Segment III Cluster - Integrating the Social Sciences
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 323 GW : Ethics in Criminal Justice - GWAR

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice major, upper division standing, CJ 300 (may be concurrent), and ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better.
Description: Explores ethical issues related to the institution of the criminal justice system, the professions of criminal justice, and politics intended to address crime, law, and justice. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 330 GW : Research Methods in Criminal Justice-GWAR

Prerequisites: Criminal justice majors; upper division standing; ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of C- or better; CJ 300 (may be concurrently enrolled).
Description: "Heuristics" refers to data gathering. How, by what basic procedures, is data gathered in criminal justice? Data gathering strategies and techniques, the nature of data gathered by official, governmental agencies, and alternatives to the present arrangement. ABC/NC grading only.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 335 : Legal Writing and Research

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, CJ 300 (may be concurrent), satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), or consent of instructor.
Description: The legal brief as the focus of strong inference writing in criminal justice. Classwork, 3 units; fieldwork, 1 unit.
Units: 4

C J 340 : Comparative Criminal Justice

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Ways in which institutions of criminal justice in one society compare with those in other societies. Attention is given to U.S., British, European, Asian, and African systems. Classwork, 3 units; fieldwork, 1 unit. This course is offered as C J 340 and I R 341. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 4

C J 400 : Police and Public Policy

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, C J 300, or consent of instructor.
Description: Scope of police activities, police administration, discretion, accountability, affirmative action, public relations, new technologies, and changing criminal procedure. Issues that the police can and should accomplish, by what rules, and under whose control.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 401 : Criminal Profiling

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, C J 300, or consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis of the application of personality studies in homicide, arson, rape, and terrorist cases.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 405 : Organized Crime

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, C J 300, or consent of instructor.
Description: Organized criminal enterprise recognizes no geographic, legal, or moral boundaries. Salient characteristics and impact of criminal organizations in various settings; crime control strategies.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 435 : Race, Crime, and Justice

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with LTNS 430 [formerly RAZA 430]. For course description, see LTNS 430. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
General Education:
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 450 : Jails and Prisons

Prerequisites: upper division standing, CJ 300, or consent of instructor.
Description: Political economy of the prison industry in the U.S.; the jail as well as the prison. Field study at San Quentin and the San Francisco jails.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 451 : The Architecture of Incarceration

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, CJ 300, or consent of instructor.
Description: The connections between architectural design and management of U.S. jails and prisons.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 452 : Criminological Theory

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Seg. I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with SOC 451. For course description, see SOC 451. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Law, Crime, and Justice
Units: 4

C J 460 : Community Corrections and Sentencing

Prerequisites: upper division standing, C J 300, or consent of instructor.
Description: Deinstitutionalization movement within the prison industry in the U.S. Development of the scale and reach of the prison industry, incarceration rates relative to violent and non-violent offenses, incarceration rates for drug offenses, development of decentralized, community-related sentencing.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 461 : Terrorism and Covert Political Warfare

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, ENG 214 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with I R 361, For course description, see I R 361. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 470 : Juvenile Justice

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with SOC 452. For course description, see SOC 452. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.) Classwork, 3 units; fieldwork, 1 unit. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 475 : Intervention Policies in Juvenile Justice

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, CJ 300, or consent on instructor.
Description: Critical examination of juvenile justice treatment and intervention policies over the past 200 years. Special emphasis on contemporary systems of care and revolutionizing practices.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 480 : California Corrections System

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, CJ 300, or consent of instructor.
Description: Development of California's correctional system, among the ten largest in the world. Critical junctures, including the introduction of the convict labor system, good time, progressive penology, and the prison building boom.
Units: 3

C J 485 : Latina/o Youth, Crime, and Justice

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with LTNS 485 [formerly RAZA 485]. For course description, see LTNS 485. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Law, Crime, and Justice
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 501 : Criminal Law

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, CJ 300, satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), or consent of instructor.
Description: Substantive criminal law: legal adjudication within the criminal justice system, the criteria according to which guilt is established. Types of crime: homicide, rape, theft, business crimes. Disposition of convicted offenders.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 502 : Criminal Procedure

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, CJ 300, satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), or consent of instructor.
Description: The salient norms of criminal adjudication as they have developed in case law reflecting 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment issues incorporated via the 14th Amendment. Reasonableness, probable cause, privacy, penumbral rights, assistance of counsel, federalism.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 505 : International Criminal Law

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, CJ 300, satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), or consent of instructor.
Description: Comparative legal systems and the U.S. system of criminal law. Classwork, 3 units; fieldwork, 1 unit. This course is offered as C J 505 and I R 332. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 4

C J 515 : Extremism as Crime

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, CJ 300, satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), or consent of instructor.
Description: Domestic extremism in the U.S. (militia, hate crimes, terrorism).
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

C J 520 : Construction of Crime and Justice

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, CJ 300, satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), or consent of instructor.
Description: Critical analysis of the images and realities, mythological construction of crime and the criminal justice system in the U.S.
Units: 3

C J 525 : Global Restorative Justice and Corrections

Prerequisites: CJ 300 and CJ 323
Description: Restorative justice practices as alternatives to incarceration, focusing on international practices.
Units: 3

C J 530 : Geographies of Social Control and Urban Diversity

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, CJ 300, or consent of instructor.
Description: Geographical distribution of crime, law and justice systems. Informal and formal mechanisms of social control in urban space.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 550 : School Violence and Discipline

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; CJ 300, CJ 330 or 323; or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of the perceptions and realities of contemporary public school violence; the range of school disciplinary efforts for their effects and consequences.
Units: 3

C J 600 : Youth Gangs in Community Context

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; CJ 300, CJ 330 or 323; or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of youth gangs in America within their social, economic and political contexts from their earliest development to the present day; theories of gang formation and stories of the gang experience.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 680 : Field Course in Criminal Justice

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, CJ 300, satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), or consent of instructor.
Description: Data gathering, organization, and presentation of research to students engaged in field studies in any criminal justice system setting. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

C J 685 : Projects In Teaching Criminal Justice

Prerequisites: C J 300.
Description: Offers undergraduates experience in tutoring other undergraduates in preparing for written examinations in Criminal Justice courses. Tutors assist in organizing legal briefs and analyses in C J 300 and in essay examination preparation in other C J courses. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)
Units: 1-4

C J 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: C J 300, CJ 323GW or CJ 330GW; consent of instructor, major adviser, and department chair; .
Description: Supervised study of a particular criminal justice issue selected by student. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 1-4
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