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  • 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3-0). Topics for this course in­clude history and philosophy of criminal justice and ethical considerations, crime defined, its nature and impact, overview of criminal justice system, prosecution and defense, trial process, corrections.

    1306 Courts System and Practices (3-0). Topics for this course include the judiciary in the criminal justice system, right to counsel, pre-trial releases, grand juries, adjudication process, types and rules of evidence and sentencing.

    1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law (3-0). Topics for this course include a study of the nature of criminal law, philosophical and historical develop­ment, major definitions and concepts, classification of crime, elements of crimes and penalties using Texas statutes as illustrations, criminal respon­sibility.

    2313 Correctional System and Practices (3-0). Correction in the crimi­nal justice system; organization of correctional system; correctional role; institutional operations: alternatives to institutionalization; treatment and rehabilitation; current and future issues.

    2314 Criminal Investigation (3-0). Topics for the course include instruc­tion on investigative theory; collection and preservation of evidence; sourc­es of information; interview and interrogation; uses of forensic sciences; case and trial preparation.

    2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement (3-0). Topics for the course include instruction on police authority, responsibilities, constitutional re­straints: Law of Arrest; Search and Seizure; Police Liability.

    2328 Police Systems and Practices (3-0). Topics for the course include instruction on the police profession, organization of law enforcement sys­tems: The police role; police discretion; ethics; police-community interac­tion; current and future issues.

    3301 Studies in Homeland Security (3-0). This course introduces the student to the field of Border Security studies. Students focus on a com­prehensive, up-to-date overview of border security from an all-hazards perspective. Border security is viewed as a fundamental component of Homeland Security, and as such, students examine a wide variety of threats to the homeland. This course incorporates the concepts of critical infra­structure, gathering and analysis of strategic intelligence, and develops the student’s technical writing skills. Students review the roles and responsibili­ties of government agencies, non-government organizations, and individual citizens in homeland security. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 3101 or 3301.)

    3302 Research Methods (3-0). An introduction and overview of the meth­ods used to conduct research in the field of Criminal Justice and social sciences in general.

    3303 Theory and Practice in the Juvenile Justice System (3-0). An intensive examination of the juvenile justice process. Topics focus on the specialized nature of the juvenile system, including juvenile law, the varied roles of juvenile courts, the police and correctional agencies, and an analy­sis of contemporary American juvenile justice philosophy and practice. 

    3304 Transnational Crime (3-0). This course differentiates the historical and contemporary patterns, modus operandi, capabilities, and vulnerabili­ties of transnational criminals and organizations. Course content includes a review of the contemporary literature of South American, Mexican, Asian, European, and African criminal enterprises, traditional organized crime, out­law motorcycle gangs, and transnational criminal enterprises. In this semi­nar course the student will conduct directed research on a transnational crime topic and present the results of that research to the class. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 3304.)

    3305 Perspectives on Crime in America (3-0). An intensive examina­tion of American crime problems in historical perspective. Through the lens of various perspectives regarding the cause and prevention of crime, the course explores the social and public factors affecting crime, the divergent trends in criminal behavior, and the social characteristics of specific types of criminal deviance.

    3306 International Drug Trafficking (3-0). This course is an in-depth study of the epidemic of drug abuse and its association with crime. The course encompasses all aspects of both legal and illegal drug abuse, phar­macology, gang activity, youth, violence, and behavioral pathology. It will also provide a robust examination of public policy issues associated with resolving the national drug control issue, drug trafficking, trends towards decriminalization/legalization, and law enforcement response. Students will have the opportunity to discuss contemporary drug-related issues of the day related to enforcement, medical treatment, harm reduction, or educa­tional responses. Professor directed research in any of these drug policy issue areas will close out the course, enabling students to apply knowledge gained from the course to formulate intelligently their own opinions to de­velop possible societal solutions to this important national policy crisis. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 3306.)

    3308 International Human Trafficking (3-0). This course distinguishes between various types of human trafficking; provides an overview of the history of human trafficking and counterstrategies; discusses the causes and consequences of human trafficking; and critically assesses the achievements of counterstrategies devised and implemented by govern­ments, international organizations, and private actors. This is a writing in­tensive course in which the student will perform directed research on topics related to human trafficking. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 3308.)

    3310 Criminal Justice Process (3-0). An in-depth examination of the vari­ous components of the criminal justice system as a process. Topics include legislation and crime, the police, constitutional limits on investigation and apprehension, the role of prosecuting and defense attorneys, bail and pre­ventive detention, processes relating to the guilty plea, and the function of the criminal trial and the correctional process. Requires junior standing and the completion of the law enforcement transfer curriculum.

    3312 Criminal Justice Administration (3-0). This course surveys the managerial and organizational philosophies and principles available to crim­inal justice administrators. It explores the strengths and weaknesses of vari­ous practices used to organize and manage personnel, define operational procedures, and determine essential functions within policing, judicial, and corrections agencies. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 3312.)

    3320 History of Terrorism (3-0). Students examine the phenomena of terrorism, counterterrorism, and the associated violence from a historical perspective with a focus on terrorism impacting America. Students de­scribe the social context of terrorism as it relates to the actions of various terrorist groups, how terrorism appears to be a war fought on a different level by a set of different rules, and the emergence of leaderless terrorism (a loose network of groups with common goals apparently acting in isolation towards similar ends). Students conclude the course with discussions on fighting terrorism in the United States, including the potential problems of loss of civil liberties and other obstacles to counterterrorism. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 3320.)

    3340 Legal Issues in International Relations (3-0). Students receive an in-depth overview of laws, policy, strategy, organization, and plans for deal­ing with various natural, accidental and premeditated threats to homeland security. Students review the respective and relative roles and responsibili­ties of government agencies, non-government organizations, and individual citizens for U.S. national security. Students discuss various policy and strat­egy issues, including balancing security and civil liberties and information sharing and protection and the USA PATRIOT Act. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 3340.)

    4071 Internship in Criminal Justice (1-6 SCH). A participant-observation course designed to familiarize students with the application of knowledge gained in course work and with operations and issues in the areas of local law enforcement or criminal justice agencies. Students must be officially pursuing the criminal justice degree and have senior standing. Instructor approval is required.

    4091 Independent Research: 1 to 6. A specialized course that may be directed reading or research for superior students majoring in Criminal Jus­tice. Department approval required.

    4310 Community Corrections (3-0). Focuses on the analysis and evalu­ation of programs and processes in community settings such as diversion, probation, parole, and other community-reintegration procedures. Pro­grams are discussed in terms of definition, history, purpose, possibilities, administration and process, problems, cost, and effectiveness.

    4321 Trends in Terrorism and Counterterrorism (3-0). This is a semi­nar course in which students examine new and growing threats including: narco-terrorism, environmental terrorism, terrorist recruitment methods, genomic terrorism, and threats to critical infrastructure. Students progress from analysis of past terrorism to present, and future responses by national and international counterterrorism. Students consider historical defenses as well as new concepts and innovations for the prevention and mitigation of terrorist attacks. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 4321.)

    4330 Seminar on Correctional Problems (3-0). Examination of the most important obstacles faced by corrections in America. Emphasis on profes­sional shortcomings, system deficiencies, and public inadequacies.

    4341 International Police Development (3-0). In this course, the student studies the historical development of police in countries outside of the U.S. Particularly, the emphasis will be on police development instituted by oc­cupying and/or intervention forces assigned to a country for the purposes of establishing post conflict peacekeeping and stability operations. Analysis of ongoing efforts to introduce Americanized concepts of effective policing in foreign countries concludes this study. (Credit may not earned for this course and Border Security 4341.)

    4345 Federal Immigration Law (3-0). In this seminar course, the stu­dent is introduced to Federal Laws dealing with Border Security issues, in particular, U.S.C. Title 8, Title 18, Title 19, Title 21, and Title 31. Overviews of the laws, coupled with discussion of their implementation by the federal courts, are interactively discussed by the students and professor. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 4345.)

    4350 Seminar on Police Problems (3-0). An examination of the most im­portant obstacles encountered by American law enforcement with empha­sis upon professional shortcomings. Relies heavily upon guided indepen­dent student problem identification, research, analysis, and the formulation of recommendations. Requires completion of the law enforcement transfer curriculum and senior standing.

    4354 Professionalism and Ethics in Criminal Justice Agencies (3-0). The study of theories and practices in areas of legality, morality, values, and ethics as they pertain to criminal justice. Included will be such topics as police corruption, brutality, and methods of dealing with such practices, as well as the concept of profession and professional conduct. This course is for Border Security or Criminal Justice majors and minors only. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 4354.) Prerequisite: Senior standing.

    4360 Police Personnel Management (3-0). An examination of the present dimensions and future trends of police personnel management with special emphasis on employee development programs, performance appraisal, discipline, and labor relations, including collective bargaining and police unions.

    4381 Special Topics (3-0). A course dealing with selected topics in the criminal justice field. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.) Prerequisite: Junior standing.