Criminal Justice

Note: Course details for Summer 2018 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2017 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.

Metropolitan College

Drugs and Society

MET CJ 344

Introduction to the sociology of a wide range of legal and illicit drugs. Examines social definitions of drugs and conditions of their use. Considers deviant drug use and effects of social control on definitions and use. 4 cr.

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Courts, Society & Criminal Procedure

MET CJ 352

An introduction to criminal procedure and the court system in the United States. While criminal procedure generally covers every aspect from the initial investigation of the case through the defendant's appeal, this class explores the initial stages of that process up through the suspect's arrest. Examines how the U.S. Constitution, particularly the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments, places limits on police, prosecutors, and courts when investigating and adjudicating crimes. Uses the case law method for learning the law. 4 cr.

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Special Topics in Criminal Justice

MET CJ 510

Topic for Summer 2017: Mental Health & Justice Policy. The intersection of mental health and criminal justice systems has become a major contemporary issue in our society. This course explores the history of mental health policy as situated within the criminal justice system. Both historical and contemporary impacts of justice policy are addressed with an understanding of how justice policy impacts treatment within the criminal justice setting. This course examines treatment and policy issues within the domains of policing, courts, corrections, and community reentry. Topics such as mental health law, the impact of mass incarceration on mental health, and contemporary prevention strategies are addressed. Ethical issues in the delivery of forensic mental health services are also explored. Students will gain valuable understanding of these important areas through case studies, site visits, guest speakers, and other active learning assignments. 4 cr.

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Applied Digital Forensic Investigation

MET CJ 710

eLive Offering. This course is designed to engage students in conducting successful forensic examinations of digital devices and computer networks with hands-on-experience within the Virtual Security Lab. The course introduces EnCase forensic software, which has received a high acceptance rate in a court of law as an expert witness. The course covers various cybercrime topics and digital forensic investigation practices using digital evidence samples. In the process of learning, students will explore the nature of specific cybercrime and be able to successfully analyze and document the digital evidence related to the crime. 4 cr.

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Policing in a Democratic Society

MET CJ 750

Police agencies play a critical role in a democratic society. While seeking to maintain order, enforce the law, and deliver services effectively, police agencies are held accountable to a wide variety of values by a number of powerful stakeholders. Police leaders, managers, and other personnel must understand the complexities of the police role in society and the political and legal constraints placed on them, and also be experts in effective, evidence-based approaches to dealing with crime problems in the community. By applying theory, policy, and evaluation literature to the cutting-edge practices in the field, this course provides students with an advanced understanding in the field of police leadership, management, strategy, and accountability within a democratic society. 4 cr.

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