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All courses with the JM prefix are offered online at www.justicedegree.org. All other courses are offered on the UNR campus.

Core Courses

JM 601 Introduction to Justice Management, 3 credits (Offered Spring and Fall terms)
Subject matter experts engage students in examining the fundamental issues associated with the Justice Management program's areas of concentration: Juvenile, Adult, and Executive Court/Agency Administration.

(Optional) JM 600 Foundation of Research Methods, 3 Credits (Offered in Summer and Fall term)
Systematic approach to analyzing published research, theory, sampling, measurement, quantitative and qualitative approaches, applied research, literature review, research design, and interpretation of basic statistics. (This course is an optional course for those students needing preparation before taking JM 602. There are screening questions on our "Course Registration Information" page which are designed to help a student determine whether or not to take this course. Credits count as Elective credits.)

JM 602 Methods of Program Research, Design, and Evaluation, 3 credits
(Offered in Spring and Fall terms; Recommended to be taken in 2nd or 3rd year)

Review major method designs and statistical techniques, with a focus on applications suitable for justice management policy development and evaluation research. (Students should review screening questions on our "Course Registration Information" page before registering for this course to determine whether or not they should first take JM 600.)

Additional Foundation Courses

(a minimum of 6 credits required)

JM 703 Judicial Process I (Civil law & procedure), 3 credits (Offered in Spring term; may be taken before or after JM 704)
Comprehensive overview of civil law and procedure. Areas of law covered in context of causes of action filed in court. Litigation, discovery, trial.

JM 704 Judicial Process II (Criminal law & procedure), 3 credits (Offered in Fall term; may be taken before or after JM 703)
Overview of criminal law and procedure. Diverse view points of major issues in management of criminal matters. Processing cases from arraignment to parole.

JM 705 Juvenile and Family Law and Procedure, 3 credits (Offered in Fall term)
Examination of current issues and concerns in Juvenile and Family Law and procedures. Improving court practice in child abuse and neglect cases.

JM 706 Applied Ethics in Justice Management, 3 credits (Offered in Summer term)
Ethical dilemmas and application of codes of professional responsibility for court, agency, and corrections personnel, attorneys, and judges. Distinction between legal obligations and moral duties.

JM 707 Legal Research, 3 credits (Offered periodically in Summer term)
Legal research for non-lawyers. Comprehensive look at legal resources and their organization and publication. Hands-on training in law library research and computerized research.

JM 708 Legal and Administrative Report Writing, 3 credits (Offered in Spring and Fall terms)
Basic skills for clear and concise writing. Case briefing, research memoranda, pleadings, case citation, and administrative report writing, including statements of policies and procedures.

JM 790 Special Topics in Justice Management, 1-3 credits (maximum of 9 credits)
Study of special topics related to Justice. (Offered periodically)

PHIL 657 Political Philosophy [Theories of Justice], 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus periodically)
Detailed study of selected issues, e.g., justice, freedom, equality, tyranny, prudence, war, power, contract, consent, racism, feminism, politics and economics, politics and the human good.

PSC 611G Constitutional Law, 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus periodically)
Role of the supreme Court in the political system, emphasizing constitutional development and judicial analysis of social and political issues; includes a study of administrative law.

SOC 746 Social Psychology and Law, 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus periodically)
Examination of social psychological processes as they affect legal systems, including studies of jury behavior, procedural justice, plea bargaining and alternative dispute resolution.

CRJ: Graduate level courses offered by the UNR Criminal Justice Department may be taken as Electives, and on a case-by-case basis, may substitute for Additional Foundation JM courses)

Essentials of Justice Management Courses

(a minimum of 6 credits required)

JM 690 Special Topics in Essentials of Justice Management, 2-3 credits (maximum of 9 credits) (Offered each term - see below for details)
(a) Court Management; (b) Leadership; (c) Caseflow Management; (d) Information Technology; (e) Human Resources Management; (f) Budget and Finance.

JM 690(a) Professional Juvenile Justice Manager (PJJM), 3 credits (Offered in Spring and Summer terms)
Incorporation of online educational modules presented by the National Juvenile Court Services Association supplemented by JM Instructors. Modules include exams and reaction papers. A final extension paper is required. (May be taken twice, with different content.)

JM 690(b) Supervision and Staff Development, 3 credits (Offered in Fall term)
Understanding of organizations as socio-technical systems. Leadership and management styles; diagnosing organizations and identifying needed change.

JM 690(b) Managing with Creativity, 3 credits (Offered in Summer term)
Current economic and social turmoil marking the advent of a new era requires generating new models that are inherently innovative and creative. New approaches in leadership style.

JM 690(b) Organizational Communication, 3 credits (Offered in Spring term)
Meeting challenges of personal, inter- and intra-organizational communication; changes over the last half century; organizational relationships with stakeholders including employees, governments, the local community and shareholders.

JM 690(c) Caseflow / Court Administration, 3 credits (Offered in Fall term)
Overview of the American legal system with focus on court administration and caseflow management, and related topics including court organization, funding and budgets, jury management, human resources, judicial accountability, and leadership.

JM 690(d) Managing Infosystems for JM Professionals, 3 credits (Offered periodically)
Overview of contemporary management information systems and challenges, and responses to those challenges.

JM 690(d) Substitution: BADM 750R - Information and Communications Technology in Organizations, 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus periodically)
Overview of strategic value creation through ICT; managing end-user involvement in ICT including requirements specification, change management and process reengineering; systems development process and outsourcing.

JM 690(e) Cultural Competence, 3 credits (Offered in Spring term)
Principles in diversity and cultural competence and their implications for practice and policy in justice management, with a special focus on the meaning of differences in juvenile justice, law enforcement, probation and pretrial services, and the criminal justice system in general.

JM 690(e) Substitution: PSC 604(b) Public Personnel Administration, 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus periodically)
Methods of recruiting, examining, training and other techniques utilized in the management of employees in government service.

JM 690(f)
Substitution: PSC 744 Government Budgeting, 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus periodically)
Examination of the process and theories of budget formulation.

Electives - Juvenile Justice Management

JM 720 Juvenile Defendants in Adult Systems, 3 credits (Future course offering)
Examination of the legal, social, economic and system implications of the transfer of juvenile offenders to adult status, including a review of outcome studies.

JM 721 Victims’ Issues, Restitution, & Restorative Justice, 3 credits (Offered Spring term)
Study of victim’s needs and strategies to make juvenile systems responsive and effective in dealing with victims and increasing offender accountability.

JM 722 Interstate Compact: History, Theory, and Operation, 3 credits (Future course offering)
Examination of the foundations, requirements, and effective use of Interstate Compact including notification and registration of juvenile sex-offenders.

JM 723 Early Intervention and Crime Prevention Programs, 3 credits (Offered Fall term)
This course will examine effective strategies for intervention with young offenders and the role of juvenile justice in crime prevention.

JM 724 Electronic Monitoring and Emerging Technologies, 3 credits (Future course offering)
This course will examine the use of electronic and other technological tools for managing offenders in the community, including advantages and disadvantages and economic considerations.

JM 725 Race and Gender in Juvenile Justice, 3 credits (Offered periodically Summer term)
Overview of offender race and gender within crime and juvenile processing statistics. Emphasis on contributing factors for disparity, effectiveness of policies and programs addressing disparity.

JM 791 Special Topics in Juvenile Justice Management, 1-3 credits (maximum of 9 credits) (Offered periodically) Study of special topics related to Juvenile Justice Management. (Examples: Juvenile Sex Offenders, Learning Disabilities in the Juvenile System; Working with Difficult Offenders; Dependency and Delinquency; Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative)

JM 791 Sp Top: Juvenile Sex Offenders, 3 credits (Offered in Spring term [to be offered under a separate JM number in the future])
Overview of the field of Sexual Offender Treatment as it impacts the adolescent and youthful offender. Special focus on the impact of the Adam Walsh Act on the criminal justice practitioner. Examination of issues confronting the criminal justice system including criminalization, risk diagnosis and screening, re-entry concerns, trauma issues, mental health concerns, long-term effects of abuse, program design, implementation and evaluation. Study of other key concerns for adolescent sexual offenders such as registration, notification, risk of recidivism and transition issues to young adulthood.

HDFS 631 Advanced Studies in Human Development, 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus regularly)
Theory, research, and issues in one of the following: (a) infancy, (b) childhood, or (c) adolescence.

HDFS 634 Family Life Education, 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus periodically)
Programming and skills-training in family life education. Developing needs assessments, programs for presentation and evaluation components.

HDFS 658 Families and Public Policy, 3 credits (Offered on-campus periodically)
Role of the family in decision making and management of public issues; analysis of legislation directly affecting the family, including experience with the legislature and other policy-making bodies.

SOC 683 Family Violence, 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus periodically)
Examination and critical analysis of major theoretical perspectives on family violence. Analysis of current issues and debates in family violence.

Electives -Adult Justice Management

JM 730 Privatization in Justice Management, 3 credits (Offered periodically)
Examination of the conceptual foundations of privatization of justice services including an analysis of selected case studies, contracts, and requests for proposal of service.

JM 731 Sentencing Models and Alternatives to Incarceration, 3 credits (Future course offering)
Examination of the conceptual foundations of sentencing including the theory and practice of sentence management. A review of sentencing alternatives to incarceration.

JM 732 History and Development of Parole and Probation, 3 credits (Offered Summer term)
This course will provide an in-depth study of Parole and Probation, including an overview of the department, effective management, and public safety issues.

JM 733 Medical Issues in Justice Management, 3 credits (Future course offering)
Examination of selected issues confronting the criminal justice system today including the practical, legal, political and moral aspects of HIV, hepatitis, organ transplants, etc.

JM 734 Mental Health Issues in Justice Management, 3 credits (Offered Fall term)
Examination of selected issues confronting the criminal justice system today including criminalization of the mentally ill, diagnosis and screening, forced psychotropic medication, re-entry, etc.

JM 735 Special Topics in Homeland Security: Threat Groups, 3 credits (Offered periodically)
Explore the historical, current and future impact of national and international threat groups to homeland security.

JM 736 Special Topics in Homeland Security: Impact on Jurisprudence, 3 credits (Offered periodically)
Assess the impact of security threat groups and homeland security on national and international law and caselaw.

JM 737 Special Topics in Homeland Security: Innovative Technology, 3 credits (Future course offering)
Explore the impact of security threat groups and homeland security on technology and counter-terrorism, including current and cutting edge biometric, data base and psychological assessment.

JM 792 Special Topics in Adult Justice Management, 1-3 credits (maximum of 9 credits) (Offered periodically)
Study of special topics related to Adult Justice Management. (Examples: Community Prosecution, Psychology of Criminal Behavior, Substance Abuse in Criminal Justice, What Works in Corrections, Population Projection Models, Correctional Institutions: Form & function; Planning & Development, The Death Penalty, The Sex Offender, The Female Offender, Community Supervision, Gangs)

JM 792 Sp Top: Community Prosecution, 3 credits (Offered Summer term [to be offered under a separate JM number in the future])
Overview of community prosecution and community oriented approach to crime prevention and law enforcement. Development of community prosecution skills and foundation for community prosecution initiatives. Problem solving, forming partnerships, analyzing public policy issues touching on social, constitutional, and institutional issues related to emerging community prosecution strategies.

JM 792 Sp Top: Gang Issues, 3 credits (Offered Fall term [to be offered under a separate JM number in the future])
Examination of challenges and opportunities posed by juvenile and adult gangs, with special emphasis on gang-related issues for court administration. History and evolution of American gangs; indicia associated with various gang subtypes (i.e., juvenile gangs, motorcycle gangs, prison gangs, and female gangs); gang sociology; spectrum of contemporary gang-related crimes; legal issues associated with prosecution of gang-related crimes (including gang enhancements, witness intimidation and the use of gang experts); and current trends in gang interdiction efforts.

JM 792 Sp Top: Innovations in Corrections Management, 3 credits (Offered periodically [to be offered under a separate JM number in the future])
Examination of correctional innovations driven by dramatic philosophical, policy, economic, demographic, and technological change.

JM 792 Sp Top: Elder Populations in Correctional Environments, 3 credits (Offered Intra-semester/Spring term [to be offered under a separate JM number in the future])
Dynamics of aging as it pertains to offenders in correctional environments. Gerontological, sociological, administrative, judicial, and medical ethics perspectives. Public policy issues affecting strategies used to manage this population.

Electives - Executive Court and Agency Administration

JM 693 Selected Issues in Court Management, 2-3 credits (maximum of 6 credits) (Offered periodically)
Selected issues concerning court management, such as jury management and technology, court performance standards, and other issues. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits. (May include other applicable courses offered by UNR and cooperating institutions.)

JM 793 Special Topics in Executive Court and Agency Administration, 1-3 credits (max. of 9 credits) (Offered periodically)
Study of special topics related to Executive Court and Agency Management. ( Examples: Treatment of minorities (race, gender, disabilities), Court Security, Crisis Management, Science in the Courts, Alternative Dispute Resolution & Court Annexed Programs)

JM 793 Sp Top: Specialty Courts, 3 credits (Offered Fall term [to be offered under a separate JM number in the future])
This course explores the establishment of Specialty Treatment Courts in the United States, together with the concepts and methods of therapeutic jurisprudence--court-monitored treatment and supervision to promote recovery from addiction, recognition of personal responsibility, and public safety.

JM 793 Sp Top: The Administrator as an Educator: Developing an online training module, 3 credits (Offered periodically [to be offered under a separate JM number in the future])
This course is offered in partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). It takes place as a conference workshop with prerequisite (pre-conference) reading, onsite conference sessions, and additional online assignments following the conference. Attendance at conference sessions is required.

MGT 623 Advanced Topics in Organization and Interpersonal Behavior, 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus regularly)
Selected behavioral influences affecting decision making, organizational structure, including organizational power and politics, change and development, and/or creativity.

MGT 662 Changing Environments, 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus regularly)
Managing ethically in the changing cultural, economic, political, technological and global environments of business.

MGT 667R Changing Environments, 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus regularly)
This course is designed for advanced management students. Labor Relations, Compensation Management, Employee Selection, Training and Development, Cultural Diversity, or International HRM may be covered.

PSC 604(b) Public Personnel Administration, 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus periodically)
Methods of recruiting, examining, training and other techniques utilized in the management of employees in government service

PSC 604(f) Administrative Law, 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus periodically)
Legal setting of public administrative, adjudicative and rule-making authority. Remedies for abuse of administrative authority.

PSC 755 Program Design and Evaluation (or Seminar: Planning & Evaluation), 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus periodically)
Concepts, problems, issues and techniques involved with formulating and assessing governmental programs.

BADM 720 Management & Organizational Science, 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus regularly)
Individual and group behavior in organizations, and organizational design and communication strategies. Interaction of structural, technological and human resource components. International focus emphasized.

COM 604 Principles of Persuasion, 3 credits (to be offered on UNR campus regularly)
Contemporary theory and research in persuasive communication; role of speech communication in changing beliefs, attitudes, values, intentions, and behavior.

COM 612 - Intercultural Communication, 3 credits (to be offered on UNR campus regularly)
Factors important to meaningful communication across cultures with emphasis on intercultural differences in North America.

COM 634 - Communication and Conflict Resolution, 3 credits (to be offered on UNR campus regularly)
Theory and research in conflict and negotiation; emphasis on conflict management in interpersonal settings.

COM 730 Seminar: Organizational Communication, 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus periodically)
Communication behavior and the evaluation-decision process in human organizations.

JOUR 703 Media Dynamics in Society, 3 credits (Offered on UNR campus periodically)
Examination of the structure, functions and performance of the mass media and their dynamic relationship to American society in the context of communication theory and intellectual thought.

Electives - Independent Study and Internship

JM 780 Independent Study, 1-6 credits (Offered every term. Students must obtain department approval.)
Under supervision, allows pursuit of special problems associated with justice management. May be repeated to maximum of 6 credits.

JM 781 Internship, 1-3 credits (Offered every term. Students must obtain department approval.) S/U only.
Supervised theoretical and applied experience in the justice system.

Professional Project and Thesis

JM 796 Professional Project, 3 credits (Offered Spring and Fall terms, recommended to be taken alone in last term.)
Submission of plan for change in a specific agency, organization, or community. Upon approval, student will implement plan and submit report on process and outcome.

JM 797 Thesis, 1-6 credits (Offered Spring and Fall terms. Students must obtain department approval.)

JM 899 Graduate Advisement, 1-4 credits (Offered every term, qualifies as required minimum enrollment credits) Provides access to faculty for continued consultation and advisement. No grade is filed and credits may not be applied to any degree requirements. Limited to 8 credits (2 semesters) enrollment. For non-thesis master’s degree students only.

Other UNR courses

UNR courses offered by other departments (not listed above) may be included with JM department approval.

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