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Criminal Justice (CJUS)

101: Introduction to Criminal Justice. (3-3-0)
A historical and contemporary survey of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, courts, corrections, and release agencies as applied to deviant behavior and society.

201: Criminal Law. (3-3-0)
Fundamentals and principles of common law and its relation to the Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure. Louisiana Criminal Code and other elements of laws as they are related to law enforcement. The elements of crimes and penalties.

202: Criminal Investigation. (3-3-0)
Aspects of detective work, psychology in detective service, identification of individuals, sketching and photography, crime scenes, latent finger prints, footprints, tool markings, burglary investigation, robbery investigation, arson, sabotage, and collection and preservation of evidence.

203: Civil Disturbances. (3-3-0)
Police role in riot and public disorder; barricaded persons and hostage release; growing terrorist activities including methods of response. Other specialized investigative areas discussed will include family disturbances, child abuse, satanical crime, gang violence, and suicide.

204: Accident Investigation. (3-3-0)
The investigation of traffic accidents, law, advanced investigation procedures, traffic fatality investigations, collection and preservation of physical evidence. Special emphasis placed on the handling of traffic accidents on crowded thoroughfares and expressways, techniques of traffic control, and duties and responsibilities of the traffic officer.

205: Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice. (3-3-0)
Rights and responsibilities of law enforcement personnel as well as citizens. Professional, ethical, and legal issues encountered in criminal justice. New trends, laws, technology, court decisions, and current police practices.

211: Criminology. (3-3-0)
The scientific study of crime, including its causes, responses by law enforcement, and methods of prevention. The course reviews the many different theories of criminology that have developed in the explanation of deviant conduct. Emphasis will be placed on societal response to the nature, extent, cause, and control of criminal behavior.

232: Police Supervision. (3-3-0)
A study of the duties and responsibilities of command-level personnel and other supervisors in administering police programs in law enforcement. To include management principles and techniques required in directing a municipal or local police department.

240: Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. (3-3-0)
Surveys the historical and current usage of narcotics and dangerous drugs. Teaches the identification and classification of such drugs and emphasizes the symptoms and effects on their users. Examines investigative methods and procedures utilized in law enforcement efforts against illicit drug use.

250: Police Procedures. (3-3-0)
Introduction to the techniques needed concerning patrol and observation, crime in progress, defensive driving, arrest procedures, field interviews, disorderly conduct and domestic complaints, crisis intervention, and courtroom demeanor and testimony.

290: Homeland Security. (3 hrs. credit)
This course is a study of concepts, organization and the responsibilities involved in homeland security. It includes a historical review of terrorist threats and intelligence involving counterterrorism.

291: Criminal Evidence and Procedure. (3-3-0)
Introduction to the rules governing the admissibility of evidence, criminal procedure in various courts, search warrants, techniques of search and seizure, and chain of custody for evidence collection and preservation.

292: Police-Community Relations. (3-3-0)
A study of law enforcement officers’ involvement with citizens, individuals, and groups. An examination of the factors contributing to friction or cooperation between the police and the community with emphasis on the problems of minority groups, political pressures, and cultural problems.

293: Ethics in Criminal Justice (3-3-0)
This course describes the basic aspects of expected, ethical, and professional conduct within the criminal justice system which applies to all members of the law enforcement, corrections and the judiciary community. Central topics of discussion include, but are not limited to, morality, ethics and human behavior, police role in discretion, corruption, and misconduct in society, discretion and dilemmas in the legal profession, and the ethics of punishment and misconduct in corrections, and finally, making ethical choices.

294: Medicolegal Death Investigation. (3-Internet)
Provides information to conduct a scientific, systematic, and thorough death scene investigation. Content includes information regarding the investigation of natural and unnatural causes of death such as asphyxial deaths, toxicological deaths, childhood deaths, firearm deaths, deaths due to blunt and sharp force injury, as well as deaths from the natural disease processes.

295: Criminalistics. (3-3-0)
A study of those fields of basic and applied science which have been specifically adapted to legal proof. Emphasis placed on the procedures used to examine both persons and physical evidence and the rules of admissibility applicable to the results of such procedures.

296: Introduction to Jurisprudence. (3-3-0)
Provides an overview of the American legal system. This course covers the components of the judicial process and reviews various types of legal actions. Included will be a review of the evolution of law, constitutional law, contracts, property issues, torts, civil procedure, and juvenile proceedings.

297: Violence, Domestic and Other Abusers: What Officers Must Know (3-3-0)
This course is an examination into the prevalence of violence, in all of its different forms including domestic and other settings. Addressing our laws, police procedures, and the court’s authority and responsibilities are paramount. Establishing a better understanding of the nature and patterns of violence abusers exhibit; and the proper police response, are covered in this course. This course is aimed at meeting the needs of students, police and communities.

299: Juvenile Justice. (3-3-0)
The history, organization, functions and jurisdiction of juvenile agencies; the processing and detention of juveniles and case dispositions: juvenile statutes and court procedures.

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