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Criminal Justice 382

CRJU 382: Wildlife Crime and Conservation and Law Enforcement

Prerequisites: CRJU 100 or CRJU 150, or permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (3)

Introduces students to environmental crimes revolving around illegal hunting, fishing, trapping and trafficking in wildlife and the law enforcement issues that accompany these crimes.

Detailed Description of Course

1. Students will study the historical development of wildlife crimes and conservation law enforcement efforts.  
2. Students will learn about the variety of North American and international wildlife crimes.  This material will cover the criminological, ecological, biological and social implications of these crimes.   
3. Students will learn the rationale and justifications of conservation laws and regulations as well as how those laws are enforced.  
4. Self reflection:  Students will be able to think critically about the impact of human activities and overexploitation of natural resources on the survival of plant and animal species.

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course   
A number of instructional strategies will be employed in this course to enhance student engagement.  The following basic strategies will be used in the course, but the instructor is not limited to using only these strategies.  

• Lecture
• Online assessments
• Case studies-audio/visual and printed
• Student presentations
• Class discussions
• Group learning projects
• Oral communication activities
• Written assignments
• Guest speakers

Student Goals and Objectives of the Course

Having completed this course, students will be able to:

• Explain the historical development of conservation laws
• Demonstrate an understand the relationships between human behavior and animal and plant populations
• Be able to explain the role of law creation and law enforcement in protecting natural resources
• Describe the specific challenges of conservation law enforcement agencies
• Engage in critical examination of conflicting views of conservation criminal justice issues
• Apply analytic skills to conservation crime and law enforcement issues
• Apply verbal and written communication skills

Assessment Measures

Assessment measures may include any combination of the following strategies:

• Examinations
• Quizzes
• Online assessments
• Presentations
• In class discussion and participation
• Written assignments
• Research procurement
• Group participation

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