CRM700 - Advanced Criminological Theories
This course will examine the major theories of crime relevant to criminal behavior, crime analysis, research, and criminal justice system policies. Original works of selected theories will be introduced and explained with examples of how theory, research, and policy are applied to crime related issues. Theoretical works such as classical, biological, psychological, social, political, and feminist criminology will be explored in this course.
CRM710 - Advanced Behavioral Crime Analysis Theory
This course provides the theoretical foundation for the behavioral analysis of violent crime associated with applied criminology. Specific course content will examine theoretical underpinnings of criminal behavior, rapist typology, and victimology. A particular emphasis will be on the psychopathology of crime, violent offenders, paraphilias, pedophiles, and crime victims. Accordingly, the course provides students with the behavioral and psychological theories that are needed in the practical courses in applied criminology, such as Criminal Investigative Analysis; Equivocal Death Analysis; and Geographical Crime Analysis.
CRM820 - Ethical and Legal Aspects of Criminology
This course is an in-depth examination of the ethical considerations that confront investigators, forensic scientists, supervisors, and others involved in applied criminology. Both theoretical and applied applications will be presented with emphasis on the practical courses in the Applied Criminology Track in Social Science. A particular focus will be on ethical issues relating to analysis of various data sets and evidence, preparation of expert reports, discovery and disclosure, exculpatory evidence, and testifying as a lay witness and as an expert witness. Relevant case studies will be reviewed.
CRM830 - Criminal Investigative Analysis
This course builds upon the theoretical framework provided in Advanced Crime Theory and Analysis; and Advanced Theory of Behavioral Analysis of Violent Crime. It provides the applied components of criminal investigative analysis from operational aspects such as the formation of the investigative team, predicting criminal behavior, locating offenders, and methodically collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing relevant evidence. Moreover, the student will learn other practical applications such as interview techniques for suspects, crime victims, and how to minimize occurrences of false confessions.
CRM840 - Equivocal Death Analysis
This course is designed to provide the theoretical and practical applications in determining whether a death was the result of an accident, suicide, homicide, or natural occurrence. The student will be introduced to specific techniques, which are used to disambiguate the manner of death including behavioral and psychological histories of the decedent. Other techniques covered in the course include the analysis of autoerotic fatalities and staged crime scenes.
CRM850 - Geographical Crime Analysis
This course is designed to provide the student of applied criminology with the basic understanding of the theoretical and practical applications of Geographic Crime Analysis. Topics covered will include target and predator patterns; predicting crime; locating offenders; and investigative strategies for solving crimes. Students will also be introduced to the scientific and technological aspects of this field and will be expected to critically evaluate the various processes and procedures with the view towards continuous improvement in the field.
CRM860 - Applied Research Methods in Criminology
This course will focus on the application of selected principles of criminological theory and research methods towards understanding and resolving specific problems in the field of applied criminology. It is designed to help students to build upon previous courses in crime theories and research methods. Students will be required to develop and complete a research proposal related to a criminological topic of their choice.