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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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131 (3) Introduction to Law Enforcement

The course provides a survey of the institutions and processes of the criminal justice system with and emphasis and the role of law enforcement agencies in a free society. Political theories of justice are explored with theories of crime causation.

132 (3) Crime and Punishment

An overview of conflicting theories in criminal justice and the tools to critically evaluate the theories and present the strengths and weaknesses of each in written, oral or other forms.

231 (3) Criminal Law and Procedures

The history and development of criminal law procedures and their application by law enforcement. Pre: LAWE 131

233 (3) Criminal Investigation

Procedures of crime investigations, procurement and preservation of evidence, interrogation and courtroom testimony.

234 (3) Policing In a Diverse Society

Historically, minority members have often faced disparate treatment in the criminal justice system. Because of physical, cultural and economic distinctions, this course is designed to provide students of law enforcement with the basic tools and skills needed to improve interpersonal communications with citizens, victims, suspects, and co-workers.

235 (3) Women In Law Enforcement

This course utilizes a broad multi-disciplinary approach in examining the forces, theories, and popular beliefs that influenced the restriction and eventual acceptance of women in the policing profession. Included in this course are perspectives from the social, historical, biological, political, and social-psychological sciences.

331 (3) Police Stress

This course will cover the sources of interpersonal and interpersonal stress in the law enforcement profession. Students will be required to assess their vulnerability to these stressors and develop their own strategies and tactics for coping.

332 (3) Police, Juvenile Justice Procedure

This course focuses on the law enforcement approach to the juvenile justice system and how it has evolved in the United States. Theories of delinquency are reviewed Minnesota Juvenile Code in emphasized.

335 (3) Police and the Community

This course explores the theories of community policing, what community policing is and is not, and what recent research reveals regarding police in the community. The student will be introduced to positive principles of interaction between the police officer and the citizens of the community in which the offer serves.

336 (3) Advanced Criminal Investigation

A survey of methods and techniques for the investigation of major crimes.

pre: LAWE 233 or instructor's permission

343 (3) Mindset I

This course will cover the crisis intervention aspects of law enforcement from the perspectives officer safety, communications, persuasion, problem solving and interpersonal relations. It will start with the fundamentals and build skills in the areas of working with emotionally distraught individuals, death notifications, suicide, dispute intervention, and interpersonal problem solving.

393 (1-4) Issues in Law Enforcement

An examination of issues facing law enforcement today in constantly changing legal, social and cultural environments. Topics will vary and may be repeated for credit. Pre: LAWE 131.


430 (3) Mindset II

This course integrates officer safety and procedures with the role of street communications. The class starts with the role of street communications. The class starts with the basic elements of fitness, the dynamics and legalities of force, and the theory and fundamentals of structured communication. These themes and skills are then integrated into routine law enforcement scenarios. pre: LAWE 343 admission to Option I or consent of instructor..

431 (3) Police Patrol: Theory/Practice

Provides students with specific procedures for handling various types of routine calls and situations and provides a base for handling those incidents which are not routine. Emphasizes critical thinking skills through discussion, assignments and evaluations. Pre: junior or senior standing.

432 (3) Minnesota Criminal Code

An extensive study of Chapter 609, Minnesota Criminal Code, and traffic law. pre: LAWE 231, admission to Option I or consent.

433 (3) Senior Seminar

This is the capstone course for LAWE Option I and will include such topics as POST license review, ethics and interviewing skills.

434 (3) Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

A comparison of criminal justice philosophies, structures, and procedures found in carious countries around the world. Same as POL 449.

435 (3) Jurisprudence

Philosophy and source of law. Schools of legal philosophies and types of legal thinking. Emphasis is placed on Classical Natural Law, Analytical Legal Positivism, Legal Realism and Critical Legal Studies. Same as POL 452

436 (3) Civil Liberties

Review of selected United States Supreme Court decisions interpreting important freedoms contained in the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment. Focus is on the rationale which underlies decisions and their impact on American political and social processes. Provides and opportunity to exercise and develop individual analytical abilities through analysis of Court's reasoning. Same as POL 454.

437 (3) Judicial Processes

An examination of the structure, jurisdiction and processes of federal and state courts. Emphasis is placed on selection of judges and justices and on the dynamics of judicial decision-making. Same as POL 475.

438 (3) Terrorism and Political Violence

History, philosophy, techniques and countermeasures to terroristic and law intensity threats to public order. Both domestic and international terror. The blurring of the lines between intensity conflict/terrorism and multinational high intensity crime. Same as POL 485

439 (3) Police Administration and Planning

An examination of emerging administrative and management concepts and the processes related to their implementation.

491 (1-5) Topics in Law Enforcement

This course explores topics in law enforcement beyond what is covered in the existing curriculum. Students study specialized topics of current importance in the field. Specific topics will change depending on the term and instructor. May be retaken with a change of topic.

492 (1-8) Internship

Field placement with a law enforcement agency or related organization. Provides a learning experience in which the student can integrate and apply knowledge and theory derived from curriculum. P/N only.

493 (1-3) Individual Study

Advanced study and research on topics not currently available in existing courses. May be repeated with a change of topic. Requires advisor and instructor approval of topic.