Criminal Justice

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Course Descriptions

MCC Campus(s): Blue River Police Academy, Longview, Penn Valley
Contacts:
Longview: Rick Turner, 816.604.2290
Penn Valley: Karen Curls, 816.604.5253
Police Academy: Mike Hendershot, 816.220.6700

Criminal Justice Courses

CRJU 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice - 3.00 credits

Philosophical and historical background of law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Organization, purpose, and functions of criminal justice agencies on the local, state, and federal levels. The respective roles of personnel in justice agencies in the United States. Career requirements and opportunities in these fields.

CRJU 105 - American Corrections - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: CRJU 101 This course will introduce students to the history of corrections, inmate characteristics, elements of supervision, classification system, and security procedures. Students will examine probation and parole issues, contraband control, prisonization, and re-entry back into the community.

CRJU 118 - Legal Aspects of Corrections - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: CRJU 101 Law and procedures are examined and discussed that focus on prisoner's rights, treatment, and care and custody of inmates, Supreme Court cases regarding inmate rights, and the legal processes accorded a detainee from arrest until released.

CRJU 122 - Procedural Law - 3.00 credits

This course will present to the student the fundamental concepts of constitutional law as applied to law enforcement. Rules of evidence, admissions and confessions, Miranda, arrest procedures, and search and seizure issues will be taught. A review of relevant case law and how it affects contemporary law enforcement practices will also be presented.

CRJU 126 - Corrections in the Community - 3.00 credits

This course examines correctional issues and roles of the community in the reintegration and rehabilitation of offenders. Community-based programs, legislative issues, financial support, community resources and impact of social change on corrections are reviewed.

CRJU 132 - Community Relations - 3.00 credits

This course focuses on the dynamics of police and community relationships. Psychological and sociological aspects of police-community relations from the perspectives of the police and ethnic groups, the debate of unequal justice under the law, and efforts towards partnership are introduced.

CRJU 162 - Correctional Psychology - 3.00 credits

Psychological and Sociological theoretical approaches related to the behavior of criminal justice and mental health clients. Diagnostic approaches used in mental health and juvenile or adult correctional settings. Application of case assessment and evaluation process. Individual, group and family therapy approaches utilized with mental health and criminal justice clients.

CRJU 165 - Criminology - 3.00 credits

The course will introduce students to theories associated with criminal behavior and the manifestation of crime. A historical evolution of crime and punishment is introduced along with concepts, terms, and the criminal justice subsystem.

CRJU 167A - Special Topics in Criminal Justice - 1.00 credits

Guided readings, discussions, writings and/or field experience(s) in criminal justice. Various topics are offered such as computer crimes and gender injustices. Topics are intended to supplement core courses.

CRJU 167B - Special Topics in Criminal Justice - 2.00 credits

Guided readings, discussions, writings and/or field experience(s) in criminal justice. Various topics are offered such as computer crimes and gender injustices. Topics are intended to supplement core courses.

CRJU 167C - Special Topics in Criminal Justice - 3.00 credits

Guided readings, discussions, writings and/or field experience(s) in criminal justice. Various topics are offered such as computer crimes and gender injustices. Topics are intended to supplement core courses.

CRJU 168 - Juvenile Deliquency - 3.00 credits

Definitions of delinquent behavior. Theories of causation. Development of the juvenile court. Function of detention, intake, and probation. Community-based and institutional programs. Procedures for processing juveniles and treatment trends.

CRJU 169 - Family Violence and Sexual Abuse - 3.00 credits

Introduction to concepts related to interpersonal violence. Categories of abuse studied are spousal, child, sibling, ritual, elderly, gay and lesbian. The course emphasizes legal, social and psychological aspects of abuse.

CRJU 200 - Internship in Criminal Justice - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: The student must complete 15 hours of Criminal Justice including CRJU 101 before taking this course. This course provides students with opportunities to gain practical work experience under the supervision of professionals with experience in the criminal justice or legal field.

CRJU 201 - Criminal Justice Practicum I - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: The student must complete 15 credit hours of Criminal Justice including CRJU 101 before taking this course. This course provides students with opportunities to gain practical work experience under the supervision of professionals with experience in the criminal or legal field.

CRJU 203 - Criminal Investigation I - 3.00 credits

This course will present an introduction to modern criminal investigations. This course presents theory of investigation, procedures at a crime scene, collection and preservation of physical evidence, sources of information, questioning of witnesses and suspects, preliminary and follow-up investigations, and case and trial preparation.

CRJU 204 - Criminal Investigations II - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: CRJU 203. This course will present to the student techniques and information for investigating deaths, sex crimes, assaults, stealing, robbery, property crimes, burglary, bombs, and arson. Examine evidence, collection, and crime laboratory analysis procedures will also be presented.

CRJU 215 - Juvenile Law - 3.00 credits

Introduction to juvenile law, jurisdiction over and disposition of the juvenile offender, court processing, adjudicatory process, and the Uniform Juvenile Court Act.

CRJU 223 - Criminal Law I - 3.00 credits

Introduction to criminal law. Classification and analysis of crimes and criminal acts. Criminal law as a means of preservation and protection of life and property.

CRJU 224 - Criminal Evidence - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: CRJU 101. Nature, types, and degrees of criminal evidence; rules governing admissibility, competency, and relevancy. Presentation of physical and other material evidence, direct and circumstantial evidence, hearsay rules, and exceptions.

CRJU 228 - Fundamentals of Probation and Parole - 3.00 credits

Historical development of probation and parole from early correctional procedures through modern approaches. Pre-sentence investigation, conditions of probation, and suspended sentences. Prerelease programs, parole conditions, role of probation, and parole conditions, role of probation, and parole personnel.

CRJU 230 - Missouri Criminal Law - 3.00 credits

This course will study the Revised Statutes of Missouri and relevant Federal Statutes relating to general code provisions, justifications, homicide, assaults, kidnapping, sexual offenses, drug offenses, robbery, arson, burglary, stealing, armed criminal action, offenses against public order.

CRJU 244 - Group and Individual Counseling in Corrections - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: CRJU 105. This course introduces students to basic principles of human behavior and techniques for changing attitudes and behaviors within a group or individual settings. Counseling settings will focus on correctional facilities both traditional and community-based and correctional populations.

CRJU 248 - Constitutional Law - 3.00 credits

U.S. Supreme Court rulings that affect law enforcement. Major constitutional decisions, federal statutes, interstate rules, and cases involving constitutional amendments affecting law enforcement jurisdiction and civil liberties.

CRJU 275 - Alcohol and Drug Addiction - 3.00 credits

Exploration of the field of alcohol and drug use, biological, physical, psychological, and social causation theories with particular attention directed toward local and national initiatives in alcohol and drug abuse.

CRJU 280 - Addiction Counseling with Special Populations - 3.00 credits

Cultural, racial, age, and gender differences in patterns of substance abuse. The potential for developing appropriate treatment for special population groups. Theory and treatment techniques for minority populations of addicted clients.

CRJU 285 - Addiction Client Management - 3.00 credits

Case management procedures utilized with addicted clients. Assessment, planning, evaluation, and record keeping employed in addiction treatment. Case presentation techniques. Ethical issues. Case management and recovery.

 

Last Modified: 9/19/11