Administration of Justice (AJ) Courses

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

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AJ 101 Intro to Admin of Justice (3) This course focuses on history, philosophy, and language of the criminal justice system. The role of law enforcement, prosecutor, public defender, courts, and corrections is examined. Social aspects of change and how it affects the criminal justice system also explored. Pre: Placement in ENG 100. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College. (Attributes: DS)

AJ 103 Criminal Investigations I (3) This is an introductory course in criminal investigations. The nature of investigations, fingerprint classification, the role of the laboratory, and specific offense investigation will be explored. The class will also discuss interview and interrogation and search and seizure techniques. Pre: Placement in ENG 100. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 104 CSI: Violent Crime Forensics (3) Advanced course work in forensic science (Legal Scientific Investigation), with its contributions to both Crime Scene Investigations and Laboratory Analysis. Specific field and laboratory investigative techniques in violent crimes and other major felonies will be explored. Pre: AJ 103. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 150 The Correctional Process (3) This course examines the history of punishment and corrections. The class discusses laws, records, inmate classification, treatment programs, disciplinary procedures and supervisory techniques. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 170 Intro to Private Security (3) This course surveys the concepts and issues in the administration of security. Defines public versus private security roles for retail business, industry, and governmental agencies. Provides an overview of the functions of various security activities. Pre: placement in ENG 100. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 180 Intro to Homeland Security (3) An examination of the history of terrorism, focusing on the terrorists, who they are, and how they operate. Responses to domestic and international terrorism will be discussed along with analyzing future trends. Pre: AJ 101. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 208 Criminology (3) This course explores crime and the body of knowledge regarding it as a social phenomenon. An emphasis is placed on the analysis of crime, crime causation, crime variables, impact on society, and societal reactions to crime. Pre: placement in ENG 100. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 210 Juvenile Justice (3) This course focuses on principles and procedures of arrest, detention, petition, summons, records, and adjudication of the juvenile offender. It introduces the organization and function of the police juvenile unit, community diversion practices and organization of the Family court. Pre: placement in ENG 100. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 220 Constitutional Law (3) The U.S. Constitution is examined as a basis of arrest, search, seizure, interrogation, use of force and civil rights. U.S. Supreme Court cases and Hawaiʻi Court cases are examined to illustrate the court's interpretive process. Pre: AJ 101. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 221 Criminal Law (3) Studies history and philosophy of criminal law. Examines United States Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights. Considers nature of law, legal institutions, criminal court procedures, and offenses against persons and property. Includes case briefs. Pre: AJ 101. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 233 Police Organization & Mgmt (3) This course studies the principles of organization and administration of policing. Overviews of operations and activities of various divisions, bureaus, training and selection procedures, planning, and research are discussed. Pre: placement in ENG 100. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 234 Police and Community Relations (3) This course acquaints the student with the role of police in government and the critical importance of effective community relations. The dynamics of race relations and other current social problems that directly relate to the law enforcement community are explored. Pre: placement in ENG 100. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 250 Practice/Proced in Corrections (3) This course will provide students with the basic training skills necessary to enhance their opportunities to secure a job in the high demand field of corrections. The course will focus on such areas as the history and philosophy of corrections, the role of the correctional officer, legal aspects of corrections, communication and writing skills, as well as basic security procedures. Pre: AJ 101 and AJ 150. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 256 Domest Violence & Child Abuse (3) This course focuses on domestic violence and child abuse. The cycle of violence, causes, effects and symptoms of child abuse will be explored. Legal, public policy, criminal justice, health and social services responses and interventions to family, child and intimate partner abuse will be examined. Pre: placement in ENG 100. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 280 Current Issues (3) Examination of recent textual materials, government reports, and problems within the criminal justice system and how it affects change within American society and the world. Includes preparation of a formal research essay. Pre: AJ 101 and ENG 100. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 285 Narcotics & Organized Crime (3) The identification of narcotics and dangerous drugs, their manufacture and distribution, effects on society, applicable Federal and state laws. Vice and organized crime investigations, applicable laws, effects on individuals and society. Pre: ENG 100/100T, ESL 100/100T, or concurrent enrollment. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 290B AJ Practicum I (3–6) With the cooperation of public and nonprofit agencies in the community, advanced students are placed in responsible positions where they earn credits for work performed. Pre: AJ 101 and AJ 210 or AJ 256. Coreq: AJ 280 or prior completion. For ADJ Majors only. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 290C AJ Practicum II (3–6) With the cooperation of public and nonprofit agencies in the community, advanced students are placed in responsible positions where they earn credits for work performed. Pre: AJ 290B. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 290D AJ Practicum III (3–6) With the cooperation of public and nonprofit agencies in the community, advanced students are placed in responsible positions where they earn credits for work performed. Pre: AJ 290C. Offered in conjunction with Hawaiʻi Community College.

AJ 291 Basic Recruit Training (6–12) (other) A student majoring in Administration of Justice (ADJ) may receive up to 12 credits for completing Basic Recruit Training in law enforcement, as required by governmental agencies: Minimum of 250 hours training: 6 credits; Minimum of 500 hours training: 9 credits; Minimum of 900 hours training: 12 credits.

AJ 301 Justice, Power, and Democracy (3) An examination of three central themes in the field of administration of justice: justice, power, and democracy. Topics covered include justice and injustice, power and powerlessness, and democracy and social change.

AJ 302 Capitalism & Economic Justice (3) An overview of the history, nature, and transformation of global capitalism, and the hierarchies and inequities associated with capitalist developments. Topics covered include the history of capitalism and its critics, alternative conceptions for economic life and economic justice, and possibilities for social transformation and equitable economic conditions.

AJ 303 Feminism and Justice (3) An overview of the history and progression of modern feminist thought and practice, focusing on how different frameworks within feminist theory understand gender inequality and conceptualize justice. Topics covered include liberal, radical, intersectional, womanist, Indigenous, and Marxist/socialist feminisms.

AJ 304 Fascism and Authoritarianism (3) An examination of the history and growth of political extremism in the U.S. and globally, the ideology and practice of fascism, and the potentiality for authoritarianism in liberal democracies.

AJ 305 Justice and the Environment (3) An examination of theories of justice as they relate to environmental issues, with emphasis on the significance of animal-human relations, non-human interests, and complex ecosystems for imagining and practicing justice. Topics covered include ecological justice, environmental justice, anthropocentrism, ecocentrism, biocentrism, biodiversity, animal rights, and radical environmentalism.

AJ 307 Animal Cruelty (3) An examination of animal cruelty and animal abuse in the United States, with emphasis on the treatment of domesticated and companion animals in society. Topics covered include the nature of animal-human relations, crimes against animals, animal protection laws, animal law enforcement, animal ethics, animal welfare, animal rights, and animal advocacy. (Attributes: GCC)

AJ 320 Crime and Society (3) This course is designed to introduce students to the study of crime, its social construction, how it is controlled, who is victimized and different theories as to why we commit crime.

AJ 321 Policing and Punishment (3) This course explores the interplay between policing, punishment, and political development. Focusing on the United States, the course asks two main questions. First, what role have policing and punishment played in the historical development of American political order and institutions? Second, how do policing and punishment shape contemporary political behavior and inequality? In addressing these questions, the goal for students to situate criminal justice institutions and practices in terms of broader political, economic, and social dynamics.

AJ 322 Criminal Justice (3) An examination of the criminal justice system, its structure and its function, with emphasis on the disparate experiences as a result of race, class, or gender. Topics covered include how crime is defined, policing, courts, corrections, mass incarceration, collateral consequences, and class, racial and gendered disparities. Pre: AJ 101 or instructor's consent.

AJ 323 Criminal Law and Procedure (3) This course addresses the basics of criminal law and procedure. Topics will include the fundamental principles of criminal law and procedure, how they were established, and how they are commonly practiced. Pre: AJ 101 or instructor's consent.

AJ 327 Global Crime (3) This course explores the organization of global markets for illegal goods and services. Topics include the development of order and illegality, along with the ways in which the illicit movement of humans, natural resources, drugs, guns, and information help shape domestic patterns of violence, welfare, and prosperity.

AJ 330 Race and Violence (3) This course studies the ways in which racial groupings and categorizations help shape patterns and instances of violence. To do so, the course explores theories of identity-based violence, the specific origins of racial classification systems, and the ways in which economic, political, social, and psychological processes link those systems to different forms of violence.

AJ 333 Indigenous Justice (3) This course examines efforts by indigenous populations to pursue and promote justice. With a focus on North America and the Pacific, topics include traditional conceptions of justice, interactions with broader legal and economic systems, and the development of activism, education, and identity in response to injustices. (Attributes: HPP)

AJ 360 Public Leadership & Ethics (3) A survey of ethics and leadership skills for public administrators and public managers. Topics covered include theories of leadership, professional standards, ethical principles, ethical responsibilities in a democratic society, and the application of leadership theories to public sector settings.

AJ 361 Advocacy and Criminal Justice (3) An examination of contemporary issues related to the administration of justice, with emphasis on advocating for oppressed populations. Topics covered include advocacy campaigns, fundraising, legislative lobbying, coalition building, and community organizing. (Attributes: GCC)

AJ 362 Public Policy Analysis (3) An introduction to public policy analysis for students planning careers in public agencies or non-profit service, focusing on the application of public policy models to examine public policy issues related to the administration of justice.

AJ 380 Research Methodology for AJ (3) The logic and techniques of social research as applicable to the field of Administration of Justice. Basic topics and techniques of social research methodology reviewed with an especial emphasis on applied research as suited to the Administration of Justice practice and policy making. Planning and conduct of research to be covered as well as the criteria for evaluating existing research for establishing policies and best practices. Pre: AJ 101 (Attributes: GQ)

AJ 391 Internship (3–12) (other) Application of knowledge and skills in a public, private, or government agency/setting. Pre: Instructors consent, pre approved placement, statement of learning objectives, and completed internship contract.

AJ 470 Seminar in Admin of Justice (3) Selected topics in administration of justice. Topics vary from semester to semester as announced. Pre: AJ 101

AJ 481 Legislative Internship (3–15) (other) Juniors and seniors may apply for a legislative internship at the local, state, or federal level, depending on availability. May be repeated once for credit, but no more than 15 credits of AJ 481 and/or AJ 391 shall apply to the major. Pre: instructor's consent. (Attributes: GCC)


AJ x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (Arr.) Special topics chosen by the instructor. Course content will vary. May be repeated for credit, provided that a different topic is studied. Additional requirements may apply depending on subject and topic.

AJ x99 Directed Studies (Arr.) Statement of planned reading or research required. Pre: instructor’s consent.