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Curriculum

Core courses (3 course units):

NURS531
Forensic Mental Health

Forensic mental health is the interface between the law and mental health. This course examines the components of human behavior that bring people into a judicial setting. Content will cover: criminal personalities, forensic interview, and the role of forensic psychiatry. Domestic violence offenders, sex offenders, stalkers, gang members, and offenders who commit homicide will be discussed. Definitions and dynamics of criminal motherhood and the psychodynamics of violent juvenile offenders will be presented. Use of the internet by offenders will also be discussed. This course also offers a field experience in which student’s interview incarcerated individuals.

NURS533
Victimology

This course examines the wide range of victimization experiences from the perspective of the victim, their families and society. Crimes to be studied include workplace violence, corporate crime, robbery, burglary, assault, rape, stalking, domestic violence, homicide, suicide, elderly abuse and child sexual abuse and exploitation. The role of the medical examiner, health care providers and the FBI as they relate to victims of crime will be discussed. Emphasis will be given to exploring the elements of each crime and response patterns to victimizations. Services available to victims of crime will be discussed.As of Spring 2016, students in the College of Arts and Sciences are not permitted to enroll in this course.

NURS534
Forensic Science I

This course discusses the interface of law and science. Forensic science is theapplication of scientific principles in the legal arena. This course examines the contribution of forensic science to criminal and civil investigation. Crime sceanalysis is accomplished via disciplines within forensic science. The role of tmedical examiner, the structure and function of crime laboratories, death investigation and the role of health care personnel in forensic cases is discused.As of Spring 2016, students in the College of Arts and Sciences are not permitted to enroll in this course.

Clinical courses (1 course units):

NURS900
Directed Study

Must be arranged with the written permission of the sponsoring faculty member prior to registration.