Courses

* 200 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3) An intensive examination of the philosophical and historical backgrounds, agencies and processes, purposes and functions, administration and technical problems, and career orientations of our criminal justice system. Extensive reading required. Critical thinking, problem solving and writing exercises are utilized. This course is a prerequisite to all other criminal justice courses.

 

* 220 CRIMINAL JUSTICE ETHICS (3) An examination of the ethical issues encountered within the Criminal Justice System. Critical moral reasoning, criteria for ethical decision making, codes of professional ethics, and typical ethical dilemma in the Criminal Justice System will be covered.

 

300 PRINCIPLES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT (3) An introduction to the complex responsibilities, procedures, and policies of a law enforcement agency operating in a pluralistic, multi-culture, free market, democratic society. Extensive reading required. Critical thinking, problem solving and writing exercises geared to practical applications in law enforcement are core requirements of this course. Interaction with computer based software applications for research required. Prerequisite: CJ 200, 220 with a minimum grade of C in both.

 

303 METHODS AND ANALYSIS IN SOCIAL RESEARCH (3) Major concepts and techniques in social science research, including the scientific method, measurement, sampling, data collection, interpretation of statistics and evaluation settigns. Data analysis techniques include descriptive and inferential statistics, including central tendency, variability, analysis of variance and correlation. The course includes training in the use of statistical program in order to calculate statistice. Student may receive credit for either SOC 301 and 302 or 303, not both. Prereq: SOC 201 and 202 with a grade of C or above, Math 210. (SAME AS SOC 303)

 

* 310 (510) PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION (3) An intensive examination of the foundation and principles for criminal investigation. This course examines the appropriate use of various sources of information, problem areas encountered when conducting criminal investigations within contemporary society, and the follow-through activities necessary for capitalizing on investigative efforts. Extensive reading and writing required.

 

311 CORRECTION SECURITY (3) This course is designed to address the educational component of pre-service training for correctional personnel which includes (but is not limited to) eduction on staff/inmate relations, prison sociology, issues of skilled based training which addresses inmate security, work ethics, the control of contraband, dealing with mental illness, inmate and staff suicide, and cultural diversity. Credit is awarded only upon successful completion of the Tennessee Correction Academy, or equivalent.

 

312 PHYSICAL TRAINING AND USE OF FORCE(3) Practical skills and techniques designed to enhance the physical well-being of criminal justice professionals within the course and scope of their duties. Components include flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular training, and the nonnegotiable use of lawful authority to influence behavior. Credit is awarded only upon successful completion of the Tennessee Correction Academy, or equivalent. Credit is awarded only upon successful completion of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy Basic Police School, Tennessee Correction Academy, or equivalent.

 

* 320 (520) CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (3) An overview of the process of adjudication of a criminal case from the time of arrest to final disposition, including trail procedures, the due process requirement, and constitutional limitations. Research requirement. Prerequisite: CJ 200 & CJ 220 with a minimum grade of "C" in both.

 

* 325 (525) CRIMINOLOGY (3) Problems, theory, cause, control, and prevention of criminal behavior. Prereq: SOC 201 (Same as SOC 413/613)

 

* 330 SERIAL KILLERS (3) This course will provide students a detailed introduction to, and examination of, serial murder, specifically focusing on biological, psychological, and social theoretical explanations of psychopathic, sociopathic, anti-social personality disorders. Students will actively participate in the understanding of issues surrounding serial murder presented to law enforcement agencies and the public. This class is not designed to assist in the development of skills necessary for the forensic criminal profiling of offenders. Research papers and oral presentations are components this course.

 

* 360 CHILD ABUSE (3) The goal of this course is to introduce students to the multifaceted issue of child abuse law. Students will learn about child sexual predators, child witnesses, type of child abuse and neglect, and the future of child abuse in the criminal justice system. The course will include an examination of the various courts that deal with child abuse issues.

 

364 (564) CORRECTIONS (3) Provides an overview of the history and various perspectives of incarceration, tracing the development of prisons in America from their earlier roots in Europe. An examination is placed upon prison inmates, correctional staff, correctional treatment and punishment philosophies, political perspectives regarding criminal offenders, and special interest offenders such as juveniles and females, as well as capital punishment. (Same as SOC 364-564)

 

* 370 JUVENILE JUSTICE: SOCIAL PROBLEMS AND LEGAL ISSUES FOR SOCIAL WORK AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3) Focuses on the juvenile, the family, and the community as related to and interwoven with legal issues, practices and processes encountered by the social work and criminal justice professionals and their clients. Restorative Justice practices are emphasized. (Same as SWRK 345)

 

380 PROBATION AND PAROLE (3) Provides an in-depth examination of the field of community-based correctional supervision, which includes many options utilized by correctional agencies to supervise clients in the community. Emphasis is placed on adult and juvenile systems, major U.S. Supreme Court decisions, methods of supervision, and how this component interfaces with incarceration.

 

* 400 (600) CRIMINAL LAW (3) The history, purpose, and theory of criminal law. An examination of the classification of crimes and the nature of criminal liability. Graduate students are required to pass a Criminal Justice Subject Area Examination as part of the final Criminal Justice course taken in the Criminal Justice Program of Study for M.S. Ed. Interdisciplinary Option. Prerequisite: CJ 200 & CJ 220 with a minimum grade of "C" in both.

 

405 LAW ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION(3) Study of organization and management as applied to law enforcement agencies, concepts of organizational behavior, and the complex interrelationship between law enforcement and the community. Prereq: CJ 300 or instructor's approval.

 

* 410 VICTIMOLOGY (3) This course addresses the issues of crime in society by focusing on the victim. An examination of the expanding role of the victim in the criminal justice system will be the main focus of this course. Students will develop an understanding of criminal prosecutions, of the cost and extent of victimization, and will examine various types of offenses committed against victims (child maltreatment, assault, homicide, domestic violence). Extensive research and writing projects are major components of this course.

 

411 (611) SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3) Selected topics of current interest and importance. Prerequisite: Instructor's approval. This course may be repeated with different topics. A maximum of six credit hours can be counted toward a major or a minor in Criminal Justice. Prereq: Instructor's approval.

 

413 FAMILY LAW (3) This course provides an intensive examination of the rules governing family law including but not limited to: marriage, divorce, child custody, child abuse and neglect, and adoption. Upon conclusion of this course, the successful student should be able to: 1) describe what constitutes a family; 2) describe the requirements for marriage; 3) identify the grounds for divorce; 4) identify the various aspects of obtaining custody of children; 5) think critically about the multifaceted issues of child abuse and/or neglect, and 6) describe the adoption process.

 

415 AMERICAN DEATH PENALTY (3) This course will provide an in-depth examination of the issues related to capital punishment in America. Students in this class will examine the death penalty component of the American Criminal Justice System through liberal, conservative, and critical approaches that provide opportunities to investigate and question various crime control strategies utilized in the United States. A component of this class will be the development of skills necessary to critically assess the impact the use of capital punishment has on society. Extensive reading and writing assignments required.

 

* 420 (620) CRIMINAL EVIDENCE (3) An overview of criminal evidence within the United States, furnishing a practical insight into the rules of evidence and considerations regarding the admissibility of evidence in court. Emphasis is placed on court decisions and contemporary issues within the field, and their effect upon members of society. Extensive research required.

 

425 PENOLOGY (3) This course provides an examination of the history of punishment and the study of crime through the ages with a focus on the social factors that influence various crime control measures and the political forces that underlie these perspectives and punishments.  Extensive reading and writing will be required for this course. (in italic) Prereq: CJ/SOC 364 or approval of instructor.

 

435 FORENSICS AND PHYSICAL EVIDENCE This intensive in-residence program at the National Forensic Academy in Oak Ridge prepares students for careers in the field of criminal investigation by increasing their knowledge of forensic science and developing skills in crime scene evidence recovery and submission.  Topics include scene management, digital photography, DNA evidence, latent fingerprints, shooting incident reconstruction, bloodstain pattern analysis, and forensic anthropology.  Mastery of the subject matter is demonstrated through written and practical exams, and development of student portfolio. Prereq: Instructor's approval.

 

* 450 (650) CURRENT ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3) Emphasizes the professional development of criminal justice students by a critical examination of ethics, topical commentaries, controversies, articles, and reports from the most recent literature in the criminal justice field. Extensive reading and writing are core requirements. A research project involving a review of current literature and/or original research is required. Interaction with computer based software applications is essential. Prerequisite: CJ 200 & CJ 220 with a minimum grade of "C" in both.

 

455 TRAVEL STUDY IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE [SELECTED TOPICS] (1-6) This course has been designed to provide students with educational travel either domestically or internationally focusing on specific criminal justice agencies and topics under the guidance of University professors. Specific course requirements, topics, locations, and prerequisites will be announced in advance. May be taught as either a group study tour or as an independent study abroad program. Students may repeat course with different topics. A maximum of six credit hours can be counted toward a major in Criminal Justice. Not regularly offered.  Prereq: Instructor's approval.

 

460 (660) SENIOR SEMINAR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3) A critical examination of theory and practice in the criminal justice system. Research, writing and presentation of papers. Prerequisite: Senior standing and completion of all Criminal Justice major courses with a grade of "C" or above.

 

* 470 (670) TENNESSEE CRIMINAL LAW (3) In-depth study of the current Tennessee Code Annotated sections of substantive Criminal Law and applicable sections of evidence and procedure. Credit is awarded only upon successful completion of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy Basic Police School or equivalent.  Students cannot receive credit for both CJ 400 and CJ 470.

 

480 INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 - 12) Application of criminal justice skills in a supervised workplace setting. Placement will be determined by the instructor, in consultation with the student. The student may or may not be paid. Student grades will be based on the instructor's academic evaluation as well as by the student's on-the-job supervisor. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice major, senior standing, and a minimum 3.00 GPA in Criminal Justice course work or permission of department chair. May only be taken once for credit.

 

485 DIRECTED STUDIES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3) Research to be directed by a member of the Criminal Justice faculty assigned by the department chairperson and to be on a subject of interest to the student as well as faculty members. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing with instructor approval.

 

*These courses have been approved by the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Commission as satisfying the POST annual in-service training requirements for law enforcement officers in the State of Tennessee.

 

NFA Collegiate Program

The University of Tennessee at Martin has partnered with the Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC), an agency of the UT Institute for Public Service, to offer the National Forensic Academy (NFA) Collegiate Program which will provide criminal justice students with an opportunity to earn 9 hours of undergraduate credit

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POST

The Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Commission has approved the following courses offered at The University of Tennessee at Martin as satisfying the POST annual in-service training requirements for law enforcement officers in the State of Tennessee.

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