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CRM-Criminology

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 explained in this course. (3crs.)

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. (3 crs.)

CRM720 - Research Methods in Criminology

This course explores the design and analysis of experimental and quasi-experimental research in criminology. It explores both quantitative and qualitative techniques as they relate to criminological research. In addition to being able to design and undertake basic research in the field of criminology, an outcome of this course is to develop effective consumers of the research literature. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Applied Criminology Program or permission of instructor (3 crs.)

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 acience. 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.(3 crs.)

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. (3 crs.)

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. (3 crs.)

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. (3 crs.)

CRM855 - Applied Research in Criminolog

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. (3 crs.)

CRM870 - Special Topics in Criminology

This course is a focused examination of an emerging and dynamic problem or issue in the study of criminology. The course will provide the student with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the program to subject matter that will vary each semester. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Applied Criminology Program or permission of instructor (3 crs.)

CRM880 - Criminology Thesis

The thesis consists of a written report of extensive research into a specific area of investigation in applied criminology. Students will demonstrate a mastery of knowledge of the background of the topic, the published literature of the subject, and high standards of original research and presentation. Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Applied Criminology Program or permission of instructor; must have completed CRM 720. RES 800 will meet the CRM 720 requirement, but only for those students currently enrolled in the program and who have already taken the RES 800 course to satisfy the requirement. (6 crs.)

CRM885 - Criminology Internship

Graduate students in the Applied Criminology program are placed with a law enforcement agency, forensic science organization, or other entity—public or private—that most nearly approximates employment goals. The intent of the internship is to provide students with practical work experience in an environment in which they will be addressing real problems that require solutions in a relatively short time frame. Prerequisites: Permission of Program Coordinator (variable crs.)

CRM890 - Criminology Studies Abroad

This course is intended to provide students of applied criminology with a number of opportunities to study or work in academic or professional settings abroad. Examples include field-based studies with other students and a supervising professor; studying relevant aspects of applied criminology at foreign institutions of higher education where credit is not being awarded by the foreign institution; or pursuing an approved cultural and educational program abroad. Accordingly, students will be able to apply their skills in applied criminology in real-world environments, and at the same time, broaden their intellectual and personal understandings of cultures operating outside of the United States. Prerequisites: Permission of Graduate Program Coordinator or Instructor (6 crs.)