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All Justice Studies Department Courses

Code Name Description
JS 10 Introduction to Justice Studies Historical and philosophical development of the justice system. Description, analysis and evaluation of criminal justice agencies. Relationship between theory and practice.
JS 16 Criminal Evidence and Procedures Origin, development, philosophy and constitutional basis of evidence; kinds and degrees of evidence and rules governing admissibility; judicial decisions interpreting individual rights and case studies. Interrelationship between the criminal investigator and the evidence admitted at trial.
JS 20 Principles of Investigation Principles, methods and investigative techniques to locate, gather, document and disseminate information including the field of corrections. Crime scene perception and recording, sources of information and report writing. Recognition, collection and preservation of evidence.
JS 100W Writing Workshop Development of advanced communication skills, both written and oral. Emphasis on writing formats used by criminal justice professionals. A scholarly paper, written in APA format and informed by research, will be required. Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, ENGL 1B (with a grade of C or better), satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing.
JS 102 Police and Society A multidisciplinary study of law enforcement from the early 1800's to the present. Focus on significant studies in relation to the role of police and analysis of current models and practices. Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
JS 103 Courts and Society Structure and functions of the court system. Emphasizes attorneys' and judges' roles and the court process. Examination of federal and state legislative, executive and judicial branch actions, including Supreme Court decisions in civil and criminal cases. Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
JS 104 Corrections and Society Interdisciplinary examination of issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity, economy, and culture as it relates to punishment, the penal process, and social control. Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
JS 105 Research Methods in Justice Studies Introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods used in Justice Studies. Includes relationship of theory to empirical evidence; logic underlying methods of inquiry; ethics in conducting empirical research; and methodological design, operationalization, and data analysis. Prerequisite: BUS 90 or STAT 95 or SOCS 15 or SOCI 102 (or equivalent) or instructor consent. Restricted to JS Majors only.
JS 106 Forensic Entomology See ENT 106.
JS 107 Justice Management and Ethics The theory and practice of managing justice system agencies, including organizational change and contemporary issues. In-depth examination of ethical challenges in managing justice agencies, and strategies for ensuring ethical practices. Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
JS 110 Crisis Intervention, Mediation and Restorative Justice Review of theory, research and practical skill development in communication and problem resolution strategies using techniques of crisis intervention, mediation and restorative justice in community policing, family court, dependency court and juvenile justice settings. Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
JS 111 Special Topics in Law and Justice Range of law and justice issues and topics may be addressed. Content varies by semester. Topics may include international law and globalization, the struggle for justice, human rights, law, inequality and injustice, and others. May be repeated for credit when content changes for a maximum of 9 units. Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
JS 112 Criminalistics Fundamental theories of physical evidence practically applied and the legal considerations involved in its recognition, collection preservation and presentation in court are covered. Topics include securing and recording the crime scene, collecting evidence, maintaining the chain of custody and reconstruction.. Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
JS 113 Introduction to Forensic Sciences Scientific concepts, methods, practice and analytical instrumentation utilized by forensic scientists for the recognition, collection, preservation, identification, comparison, analysis and documentation of physical evidence are covered. Topics include evidence interpretation and testimony, professional requirements, standards, training, ethics and quality assurance Prerequisites: Upper division standing. Misc/Lab: Lecture 2 hours/lab 3 hours.
JS 115 Critical Issues and Ideas in Justice Interdisciplinary, historical and comparative examination of justice concepts and controversies, including the state's role in promoting justice and perpetuating injustice; legitimate versus illegitimate violence; human rights, stateless persons, and the international community; the relationship between social justice and criminal justice. Prerequisites: Upper division standing. Restricted to JS majors and minors.
JS 116 Human Rights and Justice Interdisciplinary exploration of human rights instruments, institutions, and notable human rights campaigns. The historical development of human rights and contemporary threats to the realization of fundamental dignity for humans and non-humans will also be explored.
JS 118 Crime and Delinquency Theory Analysis of the nature and extent of crime, including causation and prevention. Descriptions of offenses, criminal typologies and victim surveys. Evaluation of various control and prevention strategies. Prerequisites: Upper division standing
JS 120 Juvenile Justice History, theory and functions of the juvenile justice system. The legal processes for delinquent minors, status offenders and dependent children, including intake, detention, adjudication and disposition. Current legal issues and debate. Prerequisites: Upper division standing
JS 122 Drugs and Society Examines the physiological effects of psychoactive drugs; history of legal and illegal drug use; causes and rates of use and addiction; drugs in the media; drug-related crime and violence; criminalization, decriminalization, legalization, harm reduction; drug courts; drug treatment. Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
JS 132 Race, Gender, Inequality and the Law History of legal issues and individual and institutional discrimination of women, ethnic/cultural and religious minorities, gays and lesbians and the disabled in education, employment, criminal justice and the family. Affirmative action and reverse discrimination. Solutions for structured inequality in the U.S. Prerequisites: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test ,and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required.
JS 133 Terrorism, Intelligence, and Security Examination of terrorist organizations and activities, definitions of terrorism, and social and political consequences of terrorism. Includes policy responses to terrorism, including roles of intelligence and security agencies, and impacts on law, rights and liberties. Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
JS 135 White Collar Crime Growth and development of white collar crime in the United States: crimes at the workplace, computer fraud, swindles, embezzlement, bribery and graft at the corporate and governmental levels. Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
JS 136 Family and Community Violence Examines abusive relationships and responsive community and justice system policy and preventive interventions. Topics include child abuse, neglect, gang and hate crimes, rape, marital violence and elderly abuse. Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required.
JS 159 Senior Seminar: Contemporary Problems Identification, discussion and analysis of selected problems in justice studies. A major term paper on a selected topic is required. Prerequisite: Senior standing, Completion of JS 100W with a grade of C or better, and completion of JS 105 with a grade of C- or better, or instructor consent. Note: A minimum grade of "C-" in JS 159 is required for graduation.
JS 170 Internship: Justice Studies Supervised field work experience in agencies, organizations, and other community settings relevant to Justice Studies, by arrangement. Participation in several group activities and final paper required. Prerequisite: Upper division standing, Justice Studies major, instructor consent and 2.0 GPA. Notes: 4 units are required. Students can take up to 3 additional units as JS electives.
JS 180 Individual Studies Individual work on special topics by arrangement. Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
JS 184 Directed Reading Designed to meet individual needs and interests. Prerequisite: Upper division standing
JS 187 Immigration and Justice Interdisciplinary analysis of immigration in the US, with specific reference to policies, institutions, and practices of immigration control inside and outside the criminal justice system. Emphasis on issues of social justice and human rights related to contemporary migratory movements. Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
JS 190 Forensic Molecular Biology History, scientific concepts, methods, practices, instrumentation, interpretation, statistics and court issues of forensic DNA analysis via lectures, hands-on activities/laboratories, and videos. Collection, documentation and preservation of biological evidence, bioethics, QA validation, admissibility and training will also be covered. Prerequisite: Upper division standing, BIOL 003, CHEM 001A, CHEM 001B all with grades of 'C' or better. Misc/Lab: Lecture 4 hours/lab 2 hours.
JS 201 Seminar in Justice and Social Theory Examines classic and contemporary theories of justice, including legal, social, economic and criminal justice and their application to current social issues. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
JS 202 Seminar in Justice Research Methods Examination of research methods applied to solving problems and resolving issues in justice-related agencies, organizations and processes. Focuses on the application of the scientific method to problem-solving and program evaluation. Prerequisite: STAT 95 or equivalent, JS 105 or equivalent, and graduate standing.
JS 203 Seminar in Applied Statistics in Justice An evaluation of specific statistical methods for quantitative and nonquantitative analyses, concentrating on applications and interpretations in justice related settings. Prerequisite: STAT 95 or equivalent, JS 105 or equivalent, and graduate standing.
JS 204 Seminar in Justice Organizations and Behavior An examination of significant organization and management theories, behavioral processes, and organizational change and development. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
JS 205 Seminar in Law and Courts Roles of the law in society. Analysis and critique of courts, attorneys, judges and juries; dispute resolution; race, class, sex inequality; law's symbolic functions and unintended consequences; new socio-legal research; and comparative perspectives.
JS 206 Seminar in Juvenile Justice Analysis of philosophy, theories, relevant law, research, constitutional issues related to juvenile justice. Structure and purpose of juvenile court proceedings. Minors in criminal and civil court, juvenile corrections, death penalty for juveniles, transfers to adult court, child victims, fetal abuse.
JS 208 Seminar in Punishment Examination of a range of penal ideas and practices; includes historical analysis of punishment, overview of theoretical perspectives and empirical social science research on punishment and alternative sanctions and implications for contemporary penal policy.
JS 209 Seminar in Police and Social Control Critical examination of democratic policing, including internal and external strategies for control and reform. Emphasis on police role in democracy, policy, culture, performance measures for individuals and organizations, and alternative policing methods and policies.
JS 210 Seminar in Special Topics In-depth exploration and analysis of selected justice-related topic. Course will consider relevant theories, issues, and research on the selected topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor consent.
JS 216 Advanced Seminar in Justice Identification, analysis and discussion of selected contemporary issues and problems in the justice system. Prerequisite: 21 units in residency, instructor consent and classified graduate standing. Students must have a cumulative 'B' average (3.0) in the following courses: JS 201, JS 202, JS 203, and JS 204. Course cannot be repeated.
JS 270 Justice Practicum Supervised placement in a justice organization or agency in a position emphasizing analytical and research skills and/or managerial responsibilities. Culminating research or policy paper required. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and graduate coordinator consent.
JS 297 Research Project Advanced individual research on selected topic. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy and project advisor consent.
JS 298 Special Study - Directed Reading Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy and instructor consent.
JS 299 Master's Thesis Six units are required to complete the thesis and oral defense of the thesis. Required for Plan A. Must be repeated for a total of 6 semester units. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the MS degree and thesis chair consent.