Criminal Justice Studies --- CJS


Department Homepage: https://inverhills.edu/DegreesAndPrograms/CriminalJustice/

 

CJS 1150  Introduction to Criminal Justice   3.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 1150

Describes the American system of criminal justice, covering theories of justice, criminal law, policing, courts and associated pre- and post-trial legal processes, punishment and corrections, and juvenile justice. Prerequisites: Instructor approval or placement by Accuplacer assessment into ENG 1108 or completion of ENG/EAP 0099 with a C grade or better.

CJS 1152  Police and Community   3.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 1152

Studies the historical and contemporary roles of policing in society, strategies for positive police-community relations and job-related issues for police officers. Prerequisites: CJS 1150 or instructor approval.

CJS 1154  Juvenile Justice   3.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 1154

Examines the historical foundations, current philosophies, procedures and characteristics of the juvenile justice system. It will explore theories of delinquency, strategies for working with juveniles, and Minnesota statutes and community corrections that applies specifically to juveniles. Prerequisites: CJS 1150 or instructor approval.

CJS 1156  American Corrections   3.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 1156

Considers the history, theories and practices of corrections, which will be reviewed and applied to the Minnesota corrections system. Course formerly known as CJS1156 Introduction to Corrections.

CJS 1158  Criminology   3.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 1158

Explores the biological, sociological, and psychological perspectives on the etiology of criminal behavior and applies them to selected case histories.

CJS 1160  Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice Professionals   3.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 1160

Acquaint students with relevant content of the United States Constitution and Constitutional Amendments within political, social, and historical contexts; and examine the cognitive process in key judicial decisions. Prerequisites: CJS 1150 or instructor approval.

CJS 1162  Special Populations in CJ   3.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 1162

Explains the current trends in criminal justice, which recognizes the diversity of offenders that populates the criminal justice system. Taken from criminological, anthropological, and sociological perspectives, this course will analyze the issues which prompted a specialized approach to various offender groups. Topics will include elderly offenders, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed offenders, sexual deviants, gang classified offenders, drug/alcohol abusers, various minority groups, and juvenile offenders. Historical development, societal issues, crime and punishment, discrimination, employment, and other serious problems are considered throughout.

CJS 1190  Field Experience: Criminal Justice   4.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 1190

Accomplishes an off-campus learning experience in an agency providing a learning environment for students interested in the sociological perspective. Emphasis will be placed on experiences that relate to the student's career interests. In most instances these placements will be with law enforcement agencies and/or corrections. Prereq: CJS 1150, permission of internship coordinator, and attendance at an orientation session during the semester prior to registering for CJS 1190.

CJS 2112  Community Corrections   3.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 2112

Introduces alternatives to traditional incarceration for convicted criminals and people on probation and parole. Topics include the history of community corrections, the legal framework for community corrections, the growth potential of the field, and the role of the corrections professional. Emphasis is upon sentencing, probation, parole, pre-trial release programs, intermediate sanctions, and halfway houses. Prerequisites: CJS 1156 with a grade of C or higher.

CJS 2114  Legal Issues and Corrections   3.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 2114

Studies the legal rights and obligations of probationers, inmates, and parolees. Constitutional issues such as privacy, search and seizure, correspondence, medical treatment and religious practice will be studied. Topics will also include the legal rights of incarcerated individuals confined in public and private facilities, along with the rights, obligations, and responsibilities of corrections agencies and personnel. Juvenile corrections included. Prerequisites: CJS 1156 with a grade of C or higher.

CJS 2116  Report Writing in Corrections   1.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 2116

Provides the technical understanding and practical application in basic report writing, note taking and standardized report forms commonly used by corrections personnel. Topics include proper note-taking, report writing mechanics, style, and editing, and data privacy rules and regulations. Emphasis is placed on developing a clear, concise style in expressing factual, relevant information. Job search skills are covered; including résumé/cover letter writing, and background/interview preparation. Prerequisites: CJS 1156 with a grade of C or higher and ENG 1108 with a grade of C or higher.

CJS 2158  Criminology   3.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 2158

Explores the biological, sociological, and psychological perspectives on the etiology of criminal behavior and applies them to selected case histories. Course formerly known as CJS 1158 Criminology.

CJS 2160  Criminal Justice and the Constitution   3.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 2160

Acquaint students with relevant content of the United States Constitution and Constitutional Amendments within political, social, and historical contexts; and examine the cognitive process in key judicial decisions. Course formerly known as CJS 1160 Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice Professionals. Prerequisites: CJS 1150 or instructor approval.

CJS 2189  Corrections Internship   4.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 2189

Provides an off-campus experiential learning experience in a professional organization in the field of corrections. Emphasis will be placed on experiences that relate to the student's career interests. Prerequisites: CJS 1156, CJS 2112, and permission of internship coordinator and attendance at an orientation session during the semester prior to registering for CJS 2289.

CJS 2225  Criminal Investigations   3.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 2225

Examines the reporting and investigations process for traffic crash events and demonstrates the accurate documentation, evidence handling procedures and preservation needed in crime scene investigations.

CJS 2230  Legal Issues in Law Enforcement   3.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 2230

Familiarizes students with the principles of criminal procedures, the rules established by the US Supreme Court relating to stop, frisk, arrest, search interrogation and identification, and the legal process applicable to law enforcement. Students will study the legal concepts involved in the application of the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments to policing as well as Minnesota State Constitution and procedural requirements.

CJS 2231  Minnesota Criminal and Traffic Code   3.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 2231

Examines the MN criminal statutes and MN traffic code applicable to law enforcement. Learners align their emerging understanding of criminal codes and laws to analyze the elements necessary to make an arrest and obtain a conviction. MN law related to use of force and use of deadly force is included in the analysis and discussion.

CJS 2235  Police Report Writing and Employment Preparation   2.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 2235

Instructs students in the correct preparation and construction of police reports using Minnesota POST Board approved format. Emphasis is placed on basic writing skills, which includes standard English, spelling, syntax, and police terminology. Job search skills are covered, which includes resume/cover letter writing, and background/interview preparation.

CJS 2240  Police and Human Behavior   3.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 2240

Integrates the academic and applied aspects of the basic patrol function for a police patrol officer. Includes an in-depth examination of a patrol officer's duties, functions, and responsibilities, as well as knowledge, skills, and abilities. These include, but are not limited to, vehicle stops, traffic enforcement, pedestrian checks, officer safety issues, and other duties as they relate to the basic patrol function.

CJS 2261  In Progress   2.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 2261

Instructs students in the areas of crimes in-progress.

CJS 2275  Traffic & Driving School   1.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 2275

Familiarizes students in the areas of Low Risk Traffic Stops, High Risk/Felony Stops, DWI enforcement, Crash Scene Management, Additionally, introduction to basic defensive and emergency driving techniques.

CJS 2280  Defensive Tactics   2.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 2280

Examines defensive tactics and active shooter response.

CJS 2285  Crime Scene and Evidence   1.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 2285

Examines search and seizure, booking and fingerprinting, crime scene investigations, latent prints, courtroom testimony, evidence collection and preservation.

CJS 2289  Field Experience; Criminal Justice   4.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 2289

Accomplishes an off-campus learning experience in an agency providing a learning environment for students interested in the sociological perspective. Emphasis will be placed on experiences that relate to the student's career interests. In most instances these placements will be with law enforcement agencies and/or corrections. Prereq: CJS 1150, permission of internship coordinator, and attendance at an orientation session during the semester prior to registering for CJS 1190.

CJS 2290  Firearms   2.0 cr
Course Outline for CJS 2290

Integrates instruction and practical application in the use of deadly force, simunitions, firearms, and judgmental shootings.

CJS 2444  Special Topics in Law Enforcement   cr
Course Outline for CJS 2444

Examines the topics of crisis response, conflict management, and cultural diversity. This course allows students training in crisis management and mental illness crises; conflict management and mediation; and recognizing and valuing community diversity and cultural differences, which includes implicit bias training.