Featured Fall 2020 Classes
Description, analysis, and evaluation of selected criminal justice systems throughout the world. Course focuses on the various systems, theories, structures, methods and functions, including common law systems and socialist law systems. Prerequisite: CRJ 200
The University of Michigan-Dearborn is fortunate to have the Hon. Annette Berry on our faculty. Judge Berry is a UM-Dearborn alumna and went on to get her Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University. After working as a Michigan Assistant Attorney General, she has been a Circuit Court Judge for Wayne County since 2000. Judge Berry is a widely acclaimed jurist and her many honors include being the past President of the Michigan Judges Association. Judge Berry has been on the UM-Dearborn faculty for over 10 years and is loved by her students and admired by her fellow professors.
This course is a hands-on approach to learning about crime scene investigation. The course takes the student from the first response on the crime scene to documenting crime scene evidence and preparing evidence for courtroom presentation. It includes topics such as arson, homicide, suicide, and felony murder. CRJ 486 examines how the police conduct successful investigations, how the associated crime scene evidence is collected, and how to use the evidence to locate, apprehend, and prosecute the suspect. Prerequisite: CRJ 200
Professor David Moore served for 27 years in the Detroit Police Department, with 22 of those years as a homicide detective. He brings that incredible personal experience to this class that focuses on crime scene evidence collection and analysis. Professor Moore has been on the UM-Dearborn faculty since 2011. He received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and his Masters Degree from Marygrove College.
This course will incorporate both legal and empirical perspectives to emphasize the dynamic relationship between law, crime, and society. In this course, we will focus on the substantive and procedural criminal law ('law on the books') while we simultaneously focus on empirical research of enforcement, case processing and sentencing in the criminal justice system (the 'law in action'). As a result, we will assess the relationship and differences between what the criminal law says 'on the books' and the criminal justice system 'in action'.
Professor Shawna Reynolds has been in law enforcement for almost 20 years and has been on the Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty for the past eight years. She brings her real life experience in the criminal justice system to this class that looks at how criminal law relates to our societal goals.