Criminal Justice-COLL | Foundations of Criminal Investigation
P320 | 5876 | Cohen


This course exposes students to the fundamentals of criminal
investigation.  Students will become familiar with the agencies
involved in the investigation of crime, best practices in criminal
investigation, and the criminal justice system as it relates to the
investigator.  This will be accomplished through textbook reading
assignments, classroom lecture, and case study.  The weekly course
lectures will compliment, but not duplicate the reading.

Throughout the course, there will be guest presenters who are
actively involved in real-life criminal investigations and have
specialized experience and expertise in specific fields.  An
investigation case study will be a focal point of the course.  In
this case study, the students will be exposed to, and examine, an
actual death investigation.  Each student will then write a paper
using the case study and the information gleaned throughout the
course as reference.

Course topics include:
The investigative process, search and seizure, investigative
agencies, interview and interrogation, crime scene management,
evidence collection, narcotics investigation, white collar crime,
cyber crime, intelligence gathering, sex crimes, violent crimes,
property crimes, terrorism, and case and court preparation.

Class meeting:  Monday, 5:45 - 8:15

Instructor:  Charles Cohen, Criminal Justice Department