Course Catalog

All courses with the JM prefix are offered online.

  • Core Courses

    JM 601 Introduction to Justice Management, three credits

    Offered in 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.

    JM 602 Methods of Program Research, Design and Evaluation, three credits

    Offered in spring and fall terms. Recommended to be taken in second or third year.

    Review major method designs and statistical techniques, with a focus on applications suitable for justice management policy development and evaluation research.

  • Additional Foundation Courses

    JM 703 Judicial Process I (Civil law & procedure), three 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), three 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, three 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, three 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, three 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, three 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, one-to-three credits (maximum of nine credits)

    Offered periodically.

    Study of special topics related to justice.

    PHIL 657 Political Philosophy (Theories of Justice), three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno 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, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno 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, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno 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 University of Nevada, Reno Criminal Justice Department and may be taken as electives on a case-by-case basis. May substitute for additional foundation JM courses.

  • Essentials of Justice Management Courses

    JM 690 Special Topics in Essentials of Justice Management, three credits (maximum of nine credits)

    Offered each term.

    Court management, leadership, caseflow management, information technology, human resources management, budget and finance.

    JM 690(a) Professional Juvenile Justice Manager (PJJM), three 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, three 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, three 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, three 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, three 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, three 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, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno 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, three 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, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno 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, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno campus periodically.

    Examination of the process and theories of budget formulation.

  • Electives - Juvenile Justice Management

    JM 720 Juvenile Defendants in Adult Systems, three 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, three 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, three 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, three 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, three 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, three 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, one-to-three credits (maximum of nine 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, three credits

    Offered in spring term.

    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, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno campus regularly.

    Theory, research and issues in one of the following: infancy, childhood, or adolescence.

    HDFS 634 Family Life Education, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno campus regularly.

    Programming and skills-training in family life education. Developing needs assessments, programs for presentation and evaluation components.

    HDFS 658 Families and Public Policy, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno campus regularly.

    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, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno 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, three 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, three 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, three 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, three 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, three 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, three 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, three 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, three 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, one-to-three credits (maximum of nine 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 and function; planning and development, the death penalty, the sex offender, the female offender, community supervision, gangs).

    JM 792 Sp Top: Community Prosecution, three credits

    Offered Summer term.

    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, three credits

    Offered Fall term.

    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, three credits

    Offered periodically.

    Examination of correctional innovations driven by dramatic philosophical, policy, economic, demographic and technological change.

    JM 792 Sp Top: Elder Populations in Correctional Environments, three credits

    Offered Intra-semester/Spring term.

    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, three credits (maximum of six 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 six credits. (May include other applicable courses offered by the University of Nevada, Reno and cooperating institutions.)

    JM 793 Special Topics in Executive Court and Agency Administration, one-to-three credits (maximum of nine 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 and court annexed programs.

    JM 793 Sp Top: Specialty Courts, three credits

    Offered Fall term.

    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, three credits

    Offered periodically.

    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, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno 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, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno campus regularly.

    Managing ethically in the changing cultural, economic, political, technological and global environments of business.

    MGT 667R Changing Environments, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno 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, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno campus periodically.

    Methods of recruiting, examining, training and other techniques utilized in the management of employees in government service.

    PSC 604(f) Administrative Law, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno 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), three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno campus periodically.

    Concepts, problems, issues and techniques involved with formulating and assessing governmental programs.

    BADM 720 Management & Organizational Science, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno 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, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno 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, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno campus regularly.

    Factors important to meaningful communication across cultures with emphasis on intercultural differences in North America.

    COM 634 - Communication and Conflict Resolution, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno campus regularly.

    Theory and research in conflict and negotiation; emphasis on conflict management in interpersonal settings.

    COM 730 Seminar: Organizational Communication, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno campus periodically.

    Communication behavior and the evaluation-decision process in human organizations.

    JOUR 703 Media Dynamics in Society, three credits

    Offered on University of Nevada, Reno 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, one-to-six credits

    Offered every term. Students must obtain department approval.

    Under supervision, allows pursuit of special problems associated with justice management. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits.

    JM 781 Internship, one-to-three 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, three 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, one-to-six credits

    Offered spring and fall terms. Students must obtain department approval.

    JM 899 Graduate Advisement, one-to-four credits

    Offered every term and 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 eight credits (two semesters) enrollment. For non-thesis master's degree students only.

  • Other University of Nevada, Reno Courses

    University of Nevada, Reno courses offered by other departments (not listed above) may be included with JM department approval.