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course will familiarize the student with the most current technologies in forensic analysis that private, police and law enforcement professionals rely on to apprehend criminal perpetrators and to link them through trace evidence to crime scenes. You will also be introduced to the various forensic sciences that make up a typical full service crime laboratory and the role it plays as part of the criminal justice system. The term 'evidence' is defined and in addition this course will provide students with insight into the issues surrounding physical evidence; introduce students to basic concepts and encourage their exploration of the latest websites. Fundamental principles of forensic investigations are established and will be built upon in subsequent courses. Actual cases enable students to see the role of forensic science in criminal investigations, and highlight the integral part forensic science plays in modern criminal investigations. 3 credits CRJS 230: Juvenile Delinquency and Adolescent Development This course examines delinquency in American society, the history of delinquency and major theoretical concepts that have been utilized to explain criminal behavior and juvenile delinquency with suggestions for the future. Ethnographic research methods will be utilized to identify behaviors and place qualitative meaning to the observed behaviors. 3 credits CRJS 240: Criminological Theory This course is designed to provide an overview of the scientific study of crime as a social phenomenon of criminal behavior. Criminological theory will be addressed from a sociological perspective and issues related to the measurement and extent of crime. The major schools of thought will be discussed utilizing the founders of each school and supplementing their premises with supporting criminology research. 3 credits, Fall CRJS 250: Criminal Justice Research Methods This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts, terminology, and techniques germane to criminal justice research. More specifically, the student will become familiar with both qualitative and quantitative research designs, formulating research hypotheses, asking appropriate questions on a survey or interview, data recording, data analysis, and ethical responsibilities. The skills acquired in this course will be beneficial for both the future graduate student and the criminal justice practitioner. Prerequisite: CRJS 240 3 credits, Spring CRJS 261: Introduction to Crime Mapping Crime is often a function of time and place, the right or wrong people coming together at a specific location at a particular time. Certain areas in cities and towns draw criminals for the purpose of committing crimes, while others draw people for non-criminal reasons and simply increase the number of potential victims for those seeking a criminal opportunity. Place plays a large role in police decisions about enforcement and special projects. Crime hot spots are identifiable and require specific types of enforcement and programs to decrease criminal activity in those areas. Students who take the class will deepen their knowledge of theories of environmental criminology, criminogenic and non-criminogenic land use, as well as place based crime prevention. Students will gain practical experience in geographical profiling and crime mapping. CRJS majors/minors. Recommended Prerequisite: CRJS 240 3 credits CRJS 302: Contemporary Correctional Programs This course introduces the student to modern American correctional programs. It examines the nature of programs as well as a wide variety of contemporary programs, both inside and outside institutions, judged to be exemplary by correctional professionals. This course provides a broad overview of effective correctional treatment as well as career opportunities in the field. Through research, class presentations and a paper focusing on one effective program per student, this course will expose the student to both the variety and complexity of modern correctional programs. Prerequisites: CRJS 110, 201 3 credits

Gannon University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014  
Gannon University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014  
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