Faulkner University

Criminal Justice (BCJ) Course Descriptions

3301 Criminology

This course is a study of law and crime, the nature and causation of crime, and the various theories and research studies regarding criminality. Criminology explores the foundations of law and crime as it applies to society in both a historical context and in current times. This course examines the theories and studies including: the Classical School, the Biological Theories, the Psychological/Psychiatric Theories, the Social Structure Approaches, the Social Process Theories, and the Social Conflict Theories. Prerequisites: Be currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

3305 Constitutional Law

Examination of Constitutional provisions, their development through court interpretation, and their application to the legal system. Includes specific analysis of the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments. Also includes an analysis of various ethical considerations associated with constitutional issues. Prerequisites: Be currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

3306 Private Security

This course is an overview of the history and development of the growing private security field. Special emphasis is placed on the work of Alan Pinkerton, and others, in the early days of the development of the private security field. Current liability issues related to the provision of private security services are explored. Methods of disaster preparedness and emergency preparedness planning are explored. Attention is also given to basic fraud detection techniques, including how to conduct a fraud vulnerability assessment and fraud risk analysis. A significant focus of this course is on the role of private security in crime prevention. Prerequisites: Be currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

3308 Terrorism

This course examines the history and philosophy of terrorism, particularly reviewing the beliefs and activities of terrorist groups that have influenced the course of world events. Concentration is given to the study of contemporary terrorist activities, both at home and abroad, and students are exposed to traditional and unique approaches employed worldwide to combating terrorist organizations and methodologies. Prerequisites: Be currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

3309 First Line Supervisor

This course is designed to provide the student with a study of management concepts, theories, and practices commonly experienced by first line criminal justice supervisors. At the end of the course the student will be familiar with supervision topics such as leadership basics, leadership ethics, goal setting, time management, motivation, communication, problem solving, decision making, stress management, practical negotiation, supervisory liability, meetings, networking, and future trends. Prerequisites: Be currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

3310 Corrections in America

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the early history of correctional thought and practice, the history of corrections in America, and the law of corrections. This course will also familiarize the student with current and future trends of corrections in America to include, alternative sentencing such as probation, parole, house arrest, and drug treatment. Prerequisites: Be currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

3311 CJ Professional and the Family

This course is designed to provide the student with various resources; principles, and concepts that will help prepare, govern, and enhance the student's present and future martial and/or family relationships. The course will study a current researched model for successful marriages and combine biblical principles to offer a practical, spiritual model for family life. Finally, the course will provide the student with the meaning and purpose of marriage and family according to the Bible. Prerequisites: Be currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

3324 Counseling Theory and Practice

This course provides the student with an introduction to counseling theory and practice by examining counseling methods and strategies to confront contemporary issues. This course will offer a biblical perspective, which is viewed as the basis from which to work in the encounter of a crisis throughout the healing process of a crisis. This course is designed to help prepare the CJ student with selected crises commonly found in field experience of the criminal justice practitioner. Prerequisites: Be currently enrolled in the BCJ program of have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

4301 Criminalistics

This course presents a survey of the different methods of scientific investigative techniques including fingerprinting, photography, casting, ballistic procedures, evidence collection, chain of custody and utilization of crime laboratories. In addition students will participate in a crime scene search and discover the interdependent nature of the investigator and lab technician. Students will be given the opportunity to use the compound and stereo microscopes in examination of hairs, fibers, paint, drugs, glass, soil, and tool marks. Forensic serology and toxicology concepts are also presented as they relate to the field investigator. Prerequisites: Be currently enrolled in the BCJ program of have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

4303 Interview and Interrogation

This course is designed to familiarize students with basic communications concepts as well as basic concepts, processes, techniques, and legal aspects of interview and interrogation used in the field of criminal justice. The course will address the differences and similarities between interview and interrogation; different types, uses and processes of interviews; various forms of verbal and nonverbal communication; specialized types of interviews, such as probing, selection, counseling, and persuasive. Prerequisites: Be currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

4304 Ethics and the Criminal Justice System

This course examines dilemmas and decisions in the criminal justice system focusing on typical problems encountered in law enforcement, corrections and the courts. Attention is given to due process, fundamental fairness and various ethical guidelines used in the criminal justice system. The use of force by law enforcement and the Dirty Harry problem are evaluated. Theories of punishment are also considered. Avenues of police corruption are also explored. Prerequisites: Be currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

4305 Special Issues in Criminal Justice

Special Issues is a study of significant current topics, problems and issues facing the criminal justice system. This course also examines the current crises in criminal justice and the various proposed solutions to those crises. Prerequisites: Be currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

4306 Criminal Behavior Analysis

This course presents an introduction to the current methods and techniques used by law enforcement agencies in criminal profiling. Theoretical concepts drawn from criminology, sociology and psychology are discussed with application to the criminal violations of sexual murder, rape, child victimization, and selected nuisance offenses of an interpersonal nature. Students will be familiar with basic terminology and descriptive terms associated with interpersonal crimes and related forensic study. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

4307 Research Methods for Criminal Justice

This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of social science research and statistical methods typically used in the field of Criminal Justice. This course will explain the data gathering process, sampling procedures and various statistical tests routinely performed on criminal justice data. The student will be prepared to evaluate reports and journal articles and to recognize emerging theories in the criminal justice field. Prerequisites: Be currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

4351-56 Directed Study

This course offers the student an opportunity to engage in an examination of six different criminal justice topics and to improve their skills in general and computer research, writing , public speaking, and how different cultures impacts criminal justice. These courses will be offered by lecture and enhanced online formats. Prerequisites: Be currently enrolled in the BCJ program or have the permission of the CJ/LS Department Chair.

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