Justice Sciences Undergraduate Course Descriptions

 

100-Level Courses

200-Level Courses

300-Level Courses

400-Level Courses


JS 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Introduction to criminal justice as a system consisting of interactions among three main components: police, courts, and
corrections and the processes involving those components.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 3


JS 101 Crime and Criminality

Examination of the causes and consequences in society of crime/delinquency, including theoretical explanations, sources of
data on crime/delinquency, and efforts at controlling the behavior.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 3


JS 110 Introduction to Forensic Science

Overview of the major components of forensic science including death investigation, toxicology, osteology, questioned
documents, law, and criminalistics. Laboratory fee is charged.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 3


JS 115 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

Analysis of police, judicial, and correctional components of formal systems of social control established by nations
representing the world's four major legal cultures: Common Law, Islamic, Napoleonic and Socialist/Marxist.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 3

 

JS 120. Introduction to Statistics
Examination of elementary statistical techniques commonly used in the analyses of data relating to crime and criminal justice.
Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours:


JS 125. Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Overview of issues involving the intersection of law and psychology. Focus on role of clinical assessment of competency, scientific jury selection, expert witnesses in court, punishment and sentencing, and related issues.
Prerequisite:None

Credit Hours: 3

JS 150. Foundations of Law
Examination and analysis of the evolution, function, and sources of law and legal systems in Western culture.

Prerequisite:None

Credit Hours: 3

 

JS 160. Introduction to Private Security
Survey of the field of private security, including organizational, administrative, operational, and liability issues common to it..

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 3

 

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Prerequisites for all 200-level courses: JS100 and JS101, as noted, or Instructor Permission.
 

JS 220 Police in America: An Overview
Introduction to the history and evolution of modern law enforcement in the United States, including the role and functions of police in the community.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 or JS 100
Credit Hours: 3


JS 230 Judicial Process in America
Introduction to the structure and function of American courts, including judicial selection and behavior, the prosecution function, jury system, and the role of lawyers.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 or JS 100 or JS 150
Credit Hours: 3


JS 240 Corrections America: Overview
Introduction to history and evolution of probation, prisons, parole, and community-based programs for adult and juvenile offenders.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 and CJ 101 or JS 100 and JS 101
Credit Hours: 3


JS 250 Criminalistics: An Overview
Introduction to identification and application of major types of physical trace evidence in criminal cases involving analysis and comparison. Laboratory component included; Laboratory fee is charged.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 and CJ 110 or JS 100 and JS 110
Credit Hours: 3

 

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Upper Division Undergraduate Courses
Prerequisites for All Upper-Division Courses: As noted and Jr. or Sr. standing, or Instructor permission.

 

JS 300 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
Introduction to elementary quantitative and qualitative research designs used to collect and analyze criminal justice agency data; includes discussion of program evaluation.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 and CJ 101 or JS 100 and JS 101
Credit Hours: 3


JS 317 Social Research Methods
Introduction to elementary quantitative and qualitative research designs used in social scientific research, including surveys, experiments, and field research.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 320 Police Organization and Behavior
Analysis of the structure and function of police organizations, including effects of peer and group dynamics on decision making.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 and CJ 101 or JS 100 and JS 101
Credit Hours: 3


JS 321 Police-Community Relations
Historical and contemporary relationship between police and public; Analysis of crime prevention programs, community participation, and police discretion.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 and CJ 101 or JS 100 and JS 101
Credit Hours: 3


JS 322 Legal Aspects of Private Security
Introduction to an examination of critical legal aspects of private security, including liability issues.
Prerequisite: JS 160
Credit Hours: 3


JS 330 Criminal Law
Analysis of the development of criminal law, including elements of the criminal offense, types of offenses, defenses in criminal cases, appellate case analysis, and legal terminology. Prerequisites: CJ 100 or JS 100 or JS 150 and JS 230
Credit Hours: 3

JS 331 Criminal Procedure
Introduction to legal rules relating to the criminal process from investigation through punishment.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 or JS 100 or JS 150 and JS 230
Credit Hours: 3

JS 332 Criminal Evidence
Examination of the system of rules and standards, both state and federal, by which admission of proof at criminal trial is regulated.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 or JS 100 or JS 150 and JS 230
Credit Hours: 3


JS 333 Trial Advocacy
Overview of preparations for civil and criminal litigation including courtroom procedure, evidence, and the art of advocacy.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 or JS 100 or JS 150 and JS 230
Credit Hours: 3


JS 334 Legal Research and Writing
Overview of elements of legal research and writing with an emphasis on developing and writing a legal brief, locating sources of legal information, and logically and persuasively applying the information in an argumentative fashion.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 or JS 100 and JS 150 or JS 230
Credit Hours: 3


JS 335 Mediation
Examination of a specific form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including its history, development, and processes.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 or JS 100 and JS 230
Credit Hours: 3

JS 341 Correctional Institutions
Introduction to history, structure, and function of prisons, jails, and juvenile institutions in the United States. Evolution of penology, correctional change strategies, inmate social system, stress, violence, and reform.
Prerequisites: CS 100 and CJ 101 OR JS 100 and JS 101
Credit Hours: 3


JS 342 Probation and Parole
Analysis of history, structure, and function of probation and parole systems in the United States; Role of pre-sentence investigation, offender selection and classification, supervision, and administration.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 and CJ 101 OR JS100 and JS 101
Credit Hours: 3


JS 343 Community-Based Corrections
Examination of contemporary redefinition of correctional functions emphasizing development and use of community resources; Diversion of offenders from criminal justice system; Nontraditional correctional programs.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 and CS 101, or JS 100 and JS 101, and JS 240
Credit Hours: 3


JS 350 Forensic Science Lab I
Introduction to basic identification and individualization of common, frequently occurring physical evidence materials, with emphasis on those derived from physical contact leaving impressions. Laboratory fee is charged.
Prerequisites: CJ 100,CJ 101, and CJ 110; or JS 100 and JS 101 and JS 110
Credit Hours: 3


JS 351 Forensic Science Lab II
Basic identification and individualization of common, frequently occurring physical evidence materials, with emphasis on trace evidence. Laboratory fee is charged.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 and CJ 110 or JS 100 and JS 110
Credit Hours: 3


JS 352 Forensic Science Lab III
Basic identification and individualization of common, frequently occurring physical evidence materials, with emphasis on biological materials. Laboratory fee is charged.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 and CJ 110 or JS 100 and JS 110
Credit Hours: 3


JS 360 Criminology
Identification and assessment of early and modern theories concerning the causes of crime in society.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 and CJ 101 or JS 100 and JS 101
Credit Hours: 3


JS 362 Victimology
Examination of the criminal-victim relationship and societal reaction to victims including victim services, restitution, and compensation.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3

 

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JS 402 Introduction to Computer Forensics
Introduction to the use of analytical and investigative techniques in criminal or civil litigation to identify, collect, examine and preserve evidence/information magnetically stored or encoded.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 403 Restorative Justice
Introduction to, and analysis of, movement in criminal justice to institutionalize peaceful approaches to harm, problemsolving and violations of legal and human rights. Includes discussion of specific programs, critical evaluation of these programs, and analysis of future directions of the movement.
Credit Hours: 3


JS 404 Serial Killers
Examination of the psychology and sociology of serial killers and case studies and agency responses to these offenders.
Credit Hours: 3


JS 408 Juvenile Delinquency
Introduction to the nature, scope, and causes of illegal behavior by juveniles, and societal responses to that behavior.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 411 Juvenile Justice System
Introduction to the evolution and operation of specialized agencies and procedures to address juvenile law-breaking, including
emerging problems and solutions.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 412 Juvenile Law
Review and analysis of historical and emerging statutory and case law in American juvenile justice.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 413 The Legal Profession
Weekly seminars conducted by accomplished practitioners in civil litigation, criminal prosecution, criminal defense, labor and employment law, products liability, domestic relations, military justice, environmental, indigent legal aid, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques.
Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 434 Mock Trial Competition
Represent UAB as member of Mock trial Team in invitational, regional, and national competition.
Credit Hours: 3; May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours.

 

JS 440 White Collar and Corporate Crime
Analysis of illegal/deviant behavior occurring in complex organizational settings, including crimes committed by and against these organizations.
Prerequisites: None
Credit hours: 3


JS 441 Terrorism and Social Control
Exploration of causes and consequences of terrorism and how governments respond, including investigation, prosecution, and punishment of terrorists.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 442 Race, Crime, Gender and Social Policy
Examination of how subordinate status of minority groups (African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and Women) affects interaction with the justice system as offenders, victims, and professionals.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 443 Women and the Criminal Justice System
Evaluation of the changing role of women in the justice system as victims, offenders, and professionals.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 444 Law and Society
Examination of how law is used to facilitate or retard social change, social control, and social conflict in society.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 445 Juvenile Corrections
Examination of historical and contemporary efforts to reduce juvenile delinquency with particular attention to innovative
programs and evaluation of their effectiveness.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 450 Questioned Death Investigation
Introduction to and analysis of questioned deaths, including techniques used in case investigation; overview and history of coroners' offices in the U.S. Laboratory fee charged.
Prerequisites: CJ 100 and CJ 110 or JS 100 and JS 110
Credit Hours: 3

JS 451 Research Methods in Forensic Science
Review of routinely used methods to conduct forensic science research.
Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 452 Questioned Documents
Introduction to and analysis of questioned documents, including techniques used in case investigation. Laboratory fee charged.
Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 453 Investigation of Fires and Explosions
Introduction to arson investigation including overview of specific techniques used in case investigation. Laboratory fee charged.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 456 Forensic Anthropology
Introduction to branch of anatomy concerned with the study of the structure and function of bones with particular emphasis
on ability to identify age, sex, and population type of skeletal material.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 460 Violence: An American Tradition
Examines violence as an American tradition, including historical acts of violence as catalysts for social change, destructive or negative violence and policies and prevention strategies.
Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 465 Cold Case Analysis
Introduction to the methods used in analyzing unsolved cases, innovative uses of technology, 3rd party investigators, and “teams.”
Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 481 Honors Research
Develop undergraduate Honors Project.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors Program
Credit Hours: 3


JS 482 Honors Research and Colloquium
Completion of undergraduate Honors Project under guidance of faculty member and presentation of project at department colloquium.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors Program
Credit Hours: 3


JS 483 Patterns in Crime
Examination of the major correlates of crime and criminality, including age, race, sex, and socio-economic status, examination of major sources of information from which data on crime correlates are gathered..
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


JS 490 Independent Research in Criminal Justice
Independent readings, research or project approved and directed by a criminal justice faculty member who supervises proposed plan of study.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair.
Credit Hours: 1 to 3


JS 491 Independent Research in Criminal Justice
Independent readings, research or project approved and directed by a criminal justice faculty member who supervises proposed plan of study.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair.
Credit Hours:  1 to 3


JS 497 Internship for Practitioners
Supervised field experience for students already working in a local, state, or federal criminal justice agency and capstone experience for students. Course strongly emphasizes demonstration of student’s ability to communicate in written form to appropriate audiences, including competence in grammar and mechanics; understanding and practicing ethical decision making and civic responsibility; and quantitative analysis including construction and interpretation of tables and ability to adequately communicate quantitative information.
Prerequisite: Permission of Internship Coordinator
Credit Hours: 3 to 6; May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours of which no more than 6 hours may be counted toward fulfilling major or minor requirements.


JS 498 Distance Internship
Supervised field and capstone experience in criminal justice agency located more than 100 miles from Birmingham. Course strongly emphasizes demonstration of student’s ability to communicate in written form to appropriate audiences, including competence n grammar and mechanics; understanding and practicing ethical decision making and civic responsibility; and quantitative analyses including construction and interpretation of tables and ability to adequately communicate quantitative information.
Prerequisite: Permission of the Internship Coordinator.
Credit Hours: 3 to 6; May be repeated for maximum of 12 hours of which not more than 6 hours may be counted toward fulfilling major or minor requirements.


JS 499 Internship and Capstone in Criminal Justice
Supervised field experience in local, state, or federal criminal justice agency. Course strongly emphasizes demonstration of ability to communicate in written form to an appropriate audience, including competence in grammar and mechanics; understanding and practicing ethical decision making and civic responsibility; and quantitative analyses including construction and interpretation of tables and ability to adequately communicate quantitative information.
Prerequisite:Permission of the Internship Coordinator. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours of which no more than 6 hours may be counted toward fulfilling major or minor requirements.
Credit Hours: 3 to 6

 

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