Bachelors Program Core and Elective Courses

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The Justice discipline represents a melding of  theoretical and applied concepts, and both the B.A. in Justice and the M.A. in Administration of Justice reflect that dichotomy. Consequently, students explore theoretical models associated with different aspects of the criminal justice system, but also study the structure and administration of the criminal justice system.

The applied nature of the discipline results in graduates with a B.A. degree in Justice favorably competing for professional positions within various Justice employment fields. Justice juniors and seniors also enjoy opportunities for internships with various Justice agencies.

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Course Descriptions

JUST F110 Introduction to Justice

3 Credits

Survey of the structure and process of the agencies of criminal justice. Includes introduction to criminology, criminal law, police, courts and corrections. Also available via Independent Learning. (3+0). Watch video course description!

Introduction to Justice

JUST F125 Introduction to Addictive Processes

3 Credits

Focus on gaining knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of addiction. Historic and behavioral approaches, disease concept and current trends relating to addiction presented. Twelve step and self-help approaches explored. (Cross-listed with HUMS F125.) (3+0). See video course description:

Introduction to Addictive Processes

JUST 201 Dispute Resolution and Restorative Practices

This course surveys the basic practical and theoretical foundations of conflict, conflict resolution, and restorative practices. It introduces students to the basic theories and practices of conflict resolution and peace-making, providing students with grounding in theories, applications, and dynamics of conflict and key conflict resolution processes. Use the link below to see the video description.

Disp Resolution and Restorative Practices

JUST F222 Research Methods

3 Credits     

Offered Fall Application of social science research methods to solving scientific and nonscientific questi1ons arising in justice or political science. Basic methods include statistical analysis, survey research, and Internet applications. Prerequisites: JUST F110. (3+0). Video course description:

Research Methods

JUST F251 Criminology

3 Credits     Offered Spring

The study of the major areas of deviant behavior and its relationship to society, law and law enforcement, including the theories of crime causation. Prerequisites: JUST F110. (3+0). See video course description:


JUST F300X Ethics and Justice

3 Credits

An examination of ethical and moral concepts, and their relationship to criminal justice issues. Applies ethics theories to the criminal justice institutions of police, courts and corrections. Examines ethical and moral dilemmas which confront crime control policy makers. Prerequisites: Junior standing. (3+0). See video course description:

Ethics and Justice

JUST F310 Principles of Corrections (Elective)

3 Credits     Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

An introduction to adult institutions, community- based programs, and theories of incarceration. Correctional programs are examined. Prerequisites: JUST F110 and junior standing. (3+0). See video course description!

Principles of Corrections

JUST F335W Gender and Crime (Elective)

3 Credits     Offered Spring

An exploration of gender and crime including the extent of female crime, victimization, masculinity and violence, and women professionals in the justice system. Prerequisites: JUST F110; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; junior standing. (Cross-listed with WMS F335.) (3+0)

JUST F340 Rural Justice in Alaska

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Application of the western justice system to remote northern Native villages including issues arising from cultural conflicts, difficulties associated with a centralized justice system serving distant roadless communities, the federal/Indian relationship, and a description of crime occurring in the villages. Prerequisites: JUST F110 and junior standing. (3+0). See video course description:

Rural Justice

JUST F345W Police Problems (Writing Intensive and Elective)

3 Credits     

Offered Fall Analysis of the nature of coercive power and the special problems faced by people who assume the responsibility of coercing others; how coercive power affects personality and how personality affects the way different types of people respond to the challenge and responsibilities of using coercive means; conditions that discourage excessive use of coercive means and encourage police officers to develop in morally and politically mature ways. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; JUST F110; junior standing. (3+0) See video course description:

Police Problems

JUST F352 Criminal Law (Elective)

3 Credits

A study of elements, purposes and functions of the substantive criminal law with emphasis upon historical and philosophical concepts. Prerequisites: JUST F110; junior standing. (3+0). See video description:

Criminal Law

JUST F354 Procedural Law (Elective)

3 Credits     

Offered FallThe legal limitations of the police and the right of the people to be secure from the government under the protections of the Constitution and the Rules of Evidence. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; JUST F110; junior standing. (3+0). Watch video course description:

Procedural Law

JUST F358 Juvenile Delinquency

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Theories of delinquency, the extent of delinquency, the historical development of juvenile justice, the juvenile system, and how it impacts on youth in relation to police, courts, institutions and community programs. Includes youth violence, gangs, gender, race and class. Prerequisites: JUST F110 and JUST F251, or permission of instructor. (3+0). See video course description below:

Juvenile Delinquency

JUST 401 Dispute Systems Design

This course examines the practical and theoretical approaches to diagnosing and solving community and organizational conflict. Students will learn how to conduct conflict assessment and intervention. In addition, students will be encouraged to apply a variety of organizational analysis techniques as they assist organizations and communities to design and develop functional dispute-resolution systems. See link below for a video description of this class.

Dispute Systems Design

JUST 402 Clinic in Mediation, Conferencing, and Circle Practices

This clinic goes beyond the basic theory of mediation, conferencing, and circle practices, engaging students in the major debates and professional concerns, through role-play and active intervention as Mediator, Conference Facilitator, and Circle Keeper, respectively. This course emphasizes training and professional practice in a series of theory-to-practice applications. Students work through a series of cases in which they are encouraged to solve ethical dilemmas and professional problems. In this course, students are also encouraged to create their own models of practice drawing from a wide range of processes, skills, and approaches. Students gain fluency and proficiency in the basic practices and gain a Certificate of Proficiency at the end of this clinic. See link below for a video description of this class.

Mediation, Conferencing and Circle Practices

JUST 403 Law and Science of Arbitration

This course covers the law, social science, policies, practices relating to advocacy and arbitration, as they are utilized in both the private and public sector. Students will develop both advocacy and arbitration skills. Students will gain proficiency in the arbitration process. In particular, students will learn the history of arbitration, its applications, arbitral psychology, relevant rules of evidence and procedure, the administering institutions and their protocols, arbitral remedies and awards, the grounds for judicial review, and its hybrid-use with other processes including mediation, fact finding, and early neutral evaluation. Students will take on the role of the arbitrator as well as advocate appearing before the arbitrator. See link below for a video description of this class.

Law and Science of Arbitration

JUST 405 Cross Cultural Conflict Analysis & Intervention

Culture and its impact on the interactions of individuals and groups is the core concern of this course. Exploring the norms, roles, values, beliefs and traditions of various ethnic, religious, and social groups is crucial to understanding why there is conflict among groups. This class emphasizes cultural awareness and cultural attunement as a means of more fully understanding the conflict dynamics among different groups and examines a variety of  'rational' systems, beliefs and value structures that directly clash with those of neighboring groups and communities. The course includes discussions of several cultural conflicts, including those arising in rural Alaska. See link below for a video description of this class.

Cross Cultural Conflict Analysis

JUST F454W Advanced Problems in Procedural Law (Writing Intensive and Elective)

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Advanced study of the elements of criminal procedural law. Emphasis on the legal limitations of the police and the right of people to be secure from the government under protections of the U.S. Constitution and “rules of evidence.” Prerequisites: JUST F110; JUST F354; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or F213X; and junior standing; or permission of instructor. (3+0). See video course description:

JUST F475 Internship

3 – 9 Credits

Students are encouraged to work with Justice faculty to engage in supervised work experience in criminal justice agencies. These experiences are invaluable to students wishing to build a resume and a professional Justice community. Prerequisites: Permission of director of intern program. Note: Department approval required for 9 credits . (3 – 9+0). A number of video descriptions for internship opportunities in the Justice field can be found on this website.


JUST F492 Seminar

1 – 6  Credits. Various topics of current interest and importance to the justice major will be presented. Topics will be announced prior to each offering. Prerequisites: JUST F110, junior standing, and permission of instructor. (1 – 6+0)

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