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AJ 101: Introduction To The Administration Of Justice
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H or 110GB

Comprehensive introduction to the history, functions, structures, processes and interactions of the basic components of the criminal justice system. Required course for majors. (CAN AJ 2)

AJ 102: Ethics In The Criminal Justice System
(3) F - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB
Course Advisories: AJ 101

Examination of the types and history of ethical theories and development of moral and ethical behavior for criminal justice practitioners. Students learn how to analyze an ethical dilemma and apply this process to contemporary law enforcement issues.

AJ 103: Legal Aspects Of Evidence and Procedure
(3) S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Covers the development, philosophy and constitutional basis of evidence and criminal procedure; legal considerations affecting arrest, search and seizure; kind and degrees of evidence and rules governing admissibility; judicial decisions interpreting individual rights and case studies; the major stages of criminal justice processes.

AJ 104: Introduction to Corrections
(3) F - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H or 110GB

Examines major types of crime and criminal behavior, characteristics of offenders, factors that contribute to crime and delinquency, and the role of probation and parole. Analyzes historical changes in crime control, treatment and punishment.

AJ 105: Diversity, Law and Justice
(3) S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H or 110GB

Reviews legal perspectives on cultural diversity in the U.S., including race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, disability and sexual orientation. Examines historical and contemporary laws and court rulings that have shaped how these groups interact within U.S. society. Analysis of the role the criminal justice system plays in determining the status of minority and/or disenfranchised groups and their relationship to the law.

AJ 107: Concepts Of Criminal Law
(3) F - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Historical development, philosophy of law and constitutional provisions; definitions, classifications of crimes, and their application to the system of administration of justice; legal research, study of case law, methodology and concepts of law as a social force. (CAN AJ 4)

AJ 110: Introduction To Forensics
(3) F - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

The use of science and technology to investigate and establish facts in courts of law, with emphasis on examination and analysis of physical evidence. Explores the history of forensics, crime scene management and various scientific techniques used to analyze the evidentiary value of items found during an investigation.

AJ 111: Criminal Investigation
(3) S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Fundamentals of investigation; techniques of crime scene search and recording; collection and preservation of evidence; modus operandi processes, sources of information and follow-up investigation. (CAN AJ 8)

AJ 113: Police And Community Relations
(3) F - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Current issues in relationships between the police and community are reviewed, with emphasis on the problem areas of racial minority groups, juveniles and adult criminal offenders.

AJ 115: Juvenile Procedures
(3) S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or 110GB

Organization, functions and jurisdiction of juvenile agencies; processing and detention of juveniles; juvenile case disposition; juvenile statutes and court procedures. Required course for majors.

AJ 125: Introduction To Criminology
(3) F - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Examines the nature, causes and patterning of criminality, with emphasis on the theoretical and methodological issues encountered in research. Explanations of crime and crime control policies are critically examined. Evidence of linkages among social conflicts and inequalities, criminal laws and enforcement practices, and social deviance and control are reviewed.

AJ 245: Constitutional Law
(3) F - CSU, UC

Skills advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H or 110GB Critical study, analysis and evaluation of landmark cases of the U.S. Supreme Court. The logic and fallacies of the interpretive reasoning processes utilized by the court in reaching its decisions. Emphasis on the protection of individual rights and privileges contained in the Bill of Rights and an understanding of the formal and informal thinking processes applied to judicial interpretation.

AJ 250: The Study Of Murder
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Historical and contemporary analysis of criminal homicide; examining the nature and extent of murder, including serial murder and sex crime-related murder.

AJ 255: Terrorism And The Criminal Justice System
(3) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Historical perspectives and current terrorist threats and challenges; major terrorist groups and their strategies; limits on military and civilian authority; future trends and law enforcement responses.

AJ 260: Women's Issues In The Criminal Justice System
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Women and their involvement in the criminal justice system. Students learn about gender-based differences related to law and justice, with a study focus on women as offenders, victims, justice officials and change agents.

AJ 265: Crime and Human Behavior
(3) S - CSU
Skills Advisories: AJ 101. Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Examines the application of psychology to crime and the criminal justice system. Analysis includes areas of intersection between the fields of psychology and criminal justice, the role of psychologists in the criminal justice system, the use of psychological concepts in court, and the psychology of criminal behavior.

AJ 270A: Topics in Justice Studies

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110, ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

1-3 F - CSU Advanced course emphasizing a particular topic. Lectures, discussions, guest speakers, activities and field trips help students explore specific topics in administration of justice. Diverse topics are offered, and may include legal evaluation of judicial rulings, legislative analysis, and current psychological, sociological, or biological findings as they pertain to the criminal justice system.

AJ 271: The Study of Evil
(3) F
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110, ENG 110H or ENG 110GB

Examination of legal and societal interest in defining, identifying and punishing "evil" people and their actions. Identifies cultural contexts of evil from sociological, psychological, philosophical, biological and neuroscience perspectives. Focus on historical persons and events, with analysis of the various definitions and causes of evil. Analyzes how societies have responded to such behaviors, and how the criminal justice system is impacted.

AJ 290: Work Experience In Administration Of Justice
(1-4) F, S-CSU

See "Work Experience" section of this Catalog.

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