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Program Contacts

Program Director Michael Davis (928) 717-7938
Associate Dean Kim Ewing (928) 717-7923
Dean John Morgan (928) 717-7721

Quick Facts


About the Criminal Justice and Security Certificate

 

This certificate program is designed for those individuals interested in training in the criminal justice field, particularly as it relates to security and international crime.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Criminal Justice and Security Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

 

  1. Explain the historical development of American criminal law from its English common law roots to the present. (AJS 101)
  2. Analyze criminal conduct in the context of historical, social, political and legal developments. (AJS 101)
  3. Analyze the intersection of law, morality, and ethics in our modern society. (AJS 123)
  4. Discuss global business security issues and transnational events which have global repercussions. (AJS 250)
  5. Analyze Homeland Security and homeland defense policies and strategies, with a focus on immigration and border security.  (AJS 252)
  6. Describe unique criminal justice challenges posed by international criminal activity and organizations. (AJS 254)
  7. Discuss the history and causes of terrorism. (AJS 256)
  8. Analyze the unique challenges to protection of information and computer security posed by cyberspace. (AJS 258)      

 

 

Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
AJS101 Intro Admin of Justice

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AJS 101. Introduction to Administration of Justice (3). Shared Unique Numbering LogoAJS 1101. Overview of the criminal justice system. Organization and jurisdiction of local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial, and correctional systems. History and philosophy of each component of the criminal justice system and interrelations among the various agencies. Career opportunities and qualifying requirements. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. The social, political and legal issues defining crime
2. Statistical instruments used to measure crime
3. Law enforcement
a. History and philosophy
b. Organization and jurisdiction
c. Legal issues and due process
d. Recruitment, selection, and career opportunities
4. Judicial system
a. History and philosophy
b. Organization and jurisdiction
c. Due process of law
d. Pretrial and trial procedures
e. Professions related to the judicial system
5. Correctional system
a.History and philosophy
b. Organization and structure
c. Due process
d. Sentencing guidelines
e. Career opportunities
6. Overview of Juvenile Justice System
7. Future of criminal justice

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Define crime in the context of social, political, and legal issues.
2. Identify the statistical instruments used to measure crime.
3. Identify and describe the organization and jurisdiction of the three components of the criminal justice system: Law enforcement, courts, and corrections.
4. Explain the history and philosophy of the three components of the criminal justice system.
5. Define due process of law in relation to each of the three components of the criminal justice system.
6. Identify and describe the organization and jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system.
7. Discuss future directions in the criminal justice system.
8. List career opportunities and qualifying requirements within the three components of the criminal justice system.

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AJS123 Ethics & Criminal Justice

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AJS 123. Ethics and Criminal Justice (3). Ethical issues, cultural influences and moral theories as they relate to the justice system. Focus on underlying values and ethical challenges faced by law enforcement, attorneys, the judiciary and correctional staff. Specific ethical scenarios common to he criminal justice system will be addressed. Emphasis on critical thinking and value decision making. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Morality, ethics and human behavior
2. Origins and concept of justice
3. Ethical decisions
4. Law and the individual
5. Ethics and criminal justice professionals
6. The police role in society: crime fighter or public servant
7. Ethics and legal professionals
8. Justice and judicial ethics
9. Ethics of punishment and corrections
10. Fundamentals of critical thinking

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Define ethics, morality and values. (1) (CT 1)
2. Describe the intersection of law, standards of morality, ethics and society. (1-3) (CT 1-3)
3. Describe the core elements of justice, punishment and law. (2) (CT 1-3)
4. Analyze the difference between distributive and retributive justice systems. (2) (CT 3,4)
5. Identify ethical and justice theories and explain their historical origins. (3) (CT 1-3)
6. Explain the purpose of codes and ethics. (4) (CT 1,2)
7. Identify and explain key ethical issues confronting law enforcement. (5,6) (CT 1- 4)
8. Identify and explain the factors involved in the use of discretion. (7) (CT 3)
9. Explain ethical considerations faced by members of the court. (8) (CT 1- 4)
10. Analyze ethical issues confronting correctional personnel. (9) (CT 1- 4)
11. Describe and model the fundamental concepts of critical thinking, including the barriers to critical thought and the recognition that closure is not always achieved in intellectual discourse. (10) (CT 1-4)

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AJS250 Intro Global Security & Intel

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AJS 250. Introduction to Global Security and Intelligence (3) (Spring). Introduction to Homeland Security, global business security issues and transnational events which have global repercussions such as terrorism, war, disease, migration, and natural disasters. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. U.S. national security policies
2. Homeland Security Department
3. The Patriot Act
4. Global business security issues
5. Transnational events

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify the primary governmental agents responsible for the formation of U.S security policies. (1)
2. Explain the key responsibilities of the Homeland Security Department. (2)
3. Analyze the Patriot Act. (3)
4. Evaluate and devise responses to key threats to global business security, including trade secret protection, theft, computer hacking and protection of employees. (4)
5. Analyze the unique threats posed by terrorism to both national security and global business security. (5)
6. Evaluate key threats and formulate responses to national security and global business security caused by transnational events such as war, disease, migration, and natural disasters. (5)

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AJS252 Homeland Security

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AJS 252. Homeland Security (3) (Summer). Introduction to Homeland Security and homeland defense policies and strategies, with a focus on immigration and border security. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. History and structure of the U.S Department of Homeland Security and related federal agencies
2. Strategic goals of Homeland Security and national defense
3. Impacts on state and local security
4. Impact on the U.S. criminal justice system
5. Constitutional and ethical issues
6. Risks to Homeland Security

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Discuss the history and structure of the U.S Homeland Security Department. (1)
2. Identify various strategic goals of Homeland Security and national defense. (2)
3. Explain how Homeland Security impacts state and local security. (3)
4. Discuss impact of Homeland Security on the U.S criminal justice system. (4)
5. Analyze the various Constitutional and ethical issues concerning Homeland Security, including enhanced interrogation, airport security and the Patriot Act. (5)
6. Analyze various risks to Homeland Security, including terrorism, immigration and border security, and data security. (6)

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AJS254 Global Crime and Criminal Just

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AJS 254. Global Crime and Criminal Justice (3). Introduction to international criminal activity and organizations, particularly money laundering, drug smuggling and trafficking of humans. Includes international methods of crime prevention and prosecution. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Challenges and concerns of international crime
2. Sources of international criminal law
3. Global differences in defining, prosecuting and preventing criminal activity
4. Financial impact of international crime
5. Types of international crime

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Discuss the unique challenges and concerns posed by international crime. (1)
2. Identify and describe the various sources of international law, including the United Nations. (2)
3. Analyze the difficulties of defining and prosecuting crime in diverse legal and cultural environments. (3)
4. Describe global differences in the procedures for prosecuting and preventing international criminal behavior. (3)
5. Explain the financial implications of international crime. (4)
6. Discuss various types of international crime such as money laundering, drug smuggling, human trafficking, and cyber-crime. (5)

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AJS256 Terrorism

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AJS 256. Terrorism (3) (Fall). History and causes of terrorism, with a focus on why the Unites States has become a target of terrorist groups. Includes approaches for combating and preventing terrorism.Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. History of terrorism
2. Theories and causes of terrorism and the radicalization process
3. Combating and preventing terrorism
4. Impact of terrorism on the U.S. criminal justice system and national security
5. Terrorist attacks

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Discuss the history of terrorism, domestically and internationally. (1)
2. Explain various competing theories on the causes of terrorism and the radicalization process, at home and abroad. (2)
3. Identify various approaches to combating and preventing terrorism. (3)
4. Describe various changes to the U.S criminal justice system caused by terrorist attacks in the United States and abroad. (4)
5. Describe the various changes in national security approaches caused by terrorist attacks in the United States and abroad. (5)
6. Discuss the prevailing patterns and trends in modes of attack, weaponry and strategies of terrorists. (5)

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AJS258 Info Protect and Comp Security

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AJS 258. Information Protection and Computer Security (3) (Spring). Introduction to the unique challenges to protection of information and computer security posed by cyberspace. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Importance of information
2. Classification and confidentiality
3. Risk analysis and risk management
4. Computer security and cyberspace
5. Types of security issues

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Discuss the importance of information to organizations and modern society. (1)
2. Identify the basic legal requirements concerning classification and confidentiality of certain types of information. (2)
3. Describe basic concepts of risk analysis and risk management concerning information security. (3)
4. Discuss the unique challenges of computer security and the hazards posed by cyberspace. (4)
5. Analyze particular types of security breaches such as industrial espionage, computer hacking, privacy breaches, data protection and copyright. (5)

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