Course Descriptions JUS 211 Organized Crime(3 credits) A complete examination of the dynamic referred to as “organized crime” commencing with its historical underpinnings. Speciﬁc crimes, like racketeering, extortion, bribery, ofﬁcial corruption, graft, drugs, prostitution and other illicit trafﬁcking will be analyzed. Investigative techniques and prosecutorial strategies that relate to the identiﬁcation and elimination of organized crime are a major component of the course content. JUS 215 The Victim and the Justice System (3 credits) This course will examine issues surrounding the central character in a criminal act— the victim. Contents are designed to develop an understanding of what it means to be victimized, including the physical, psychological, and economic impact of crime upon victims, their families, and society in general. Special consideration will be given to speciﬁc victim populations (i.e. survivors of homicides, sexual assault, and family violence), secondary victimization by the criminal system, victim assistance programs, and future trends in this ﬁeld. A full review of how the American justice system has responded to the needs of victims is part of the course content and includes a look at victim testimony at sentencing and parole and probation hearings, victim notiﬁcation, Meghan’s law, victim advisory and protection services, and other means by which the judicial system assures victim participation during the adjudicative phase. JUS 305 International Criminal Justice (3 credits) This course compares and contrasts the criminal justice system of the United States with the systems of other countries on a substantive and procedural basis. This includes a thorough examination of other cultural models of law and justice in order that differences in justice processing and deﬁnition become apparent. Some emphasis is placed on international policing and legal enforcement, whether through INTERPOL or treaty or other regulation. Global Marker. JUS 309 White Collar Crime (3 credits) This course considers crime committed by corporations as well as white collar criminals: how such crimes are deﬁned; who commits or is victimized by it; which moral, ethical, legal and social contexts promote it and how society responds. Procedural and policy considerations in the investigation and enforcement of relevant statutes will also be covered, including the concept of legal privilege, the role of the grand jury and other pre-trial processes, evidentiary questions, litigation strategies, and potential sanctions and other punishments. JUS 325 Law, Justice and Family (3 credits) This course is a full-ﬂedged review of the justice system’s response to the establishment and maintenance of family in the American culture. How the family is deﬁned, its heritage of rights and protections and the differentiated roles of parent and child are central considerations. Further review includes a look at family dissolution, divorce, custody and support disputes and the ongoing problems of visitation. The emerging problems of spousal and child abuse will be keenly analyzed and how the legal systems provide protection from these abuses will be closely scrutinized.
JUS 331 Juvenile Justice System (3 credits) This course covers the juvenile justice system, with special emphasis on the way it procedurally differs from adult offender adjudication. The parts of the juvenile justice system, hearings, due process standards and constitutional mandates are fully reviewed. Status offenders and other youth classiﬁcations are considered, together with a historical summary of juvenile court philosophy. New trends in the procedural disposition of juveniles especially transfer to adult jurisdiction; types of punishment, suitability of the death penalty are discussed. JUS 335 Private Security Law (3 credits) A focused examination familiarizes students with the origins and development of private security, with an emphasis on deﬁning security’s role in the administration of justice, its historical underpinnings, types of security services in the American marketplace, and the legal aspects of private sector justice. Further considerations are regulation, licensing, the civil and criminal liability of security personnel, and the ongoing constitutional debate that surrounds private security enforcement. Exactly how private sector justice operatives are legally liable for their conduct, as compared with the public justice ofﬁcial, is a major feature of the course design. JUS 345 Probation and Parole (3 credits) This course examines the theory and practices of probation and parole with juvenile and adult offenders including release philosophy, bail and petition, hearings on grant, revocation or denial, alternative community based corrections and legal issues that emerge in award revocation or imposition of probation and parole. JUS 351 Civil Liability of Criminal Justice Personnel (3 credits) This course is a comprehensive examination of civil law issues, often witnessed in a justice agency, brought about by justice personnel in the performance of their duties. Examples include civil rights violations; consequences of excessive force, assault and other tortuous conduct; negligent hiring, retention and entrustment; defamation and slander; and dereliction of duty. Course employs a series of actual litigations involving civil liability in police departments, tracing the original inﬂiction of harm through the jury verdict. Defense strategies to citizen actions are provided. JUS 361 Judicial Administration (3 credits) This course offers an examination of the American judicial system, highlighting state, local, and federal tribunals, including an assessment of their hierarchy, subject matter jurisdiction, and administration. Also reviewed will be judicial reasoning, judicial process and the chief personnel responsible for judicial operations. More particularly the course will expose the various phases inherent in civil and criminal litigation including the concepts of jurisdiction, venue, parties and the pleadings that guide advocacy. Typical case calendars and dockets will be examined throughout the course so that students may acquire a complete understanding of the litigation process. 143
Southern New Hampshire University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog