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The Degree BA Criminal Justice, has two majors

Purpose:

Qualifying learners are capable of using the criminological, policing and legal knowledge and skills within specific labour environments like, policing, correctional services and justice to develop and implement crime reduction strategies by the application of theory based, risk based and collaborative strategies and plans in a partnership style within a human rights and legal framework.

A learner acquiring this qualification will have skills, knowledge and experience to function within the three main components of the criminal justice system:

  • After basic training function as police officers, correctional officers, prosecutors and related fields perform environmental analysis
  • Identify potential crime precipitating factors within specific geographical areas
  • Develop crime maps
  • Develop crime combating plans
  • Apply crime combating plans
  • Attend to crime scenes
  • Enter management programs within components of the criminal justice system

Rationale:

  • The qualification will allow a learner in the field of criminal justice to obtain a nationally recognized qualification. It will add to the national good as learners will able to introduce and manage programs that will combat crime and lead to better performance within the system.
  • The qualification will enhance the employment opportunities and their hierarchical mobility especially within the police and corrections.
  • The qualification creates understanding of the, legislative mandates, activities, responsibilities and shortcomings within the CJS. This enables learners to grasp the problems encountered by the system and to develop performance improvement strategies. The transversal nature of crime control within the domains of policing, adjudication and corrections are amplified and learners understand how performance in one component affects the performance of the others.

The blend of theory in criminology, policing, management and the law with skills development such as risk assessments, crime investigation, community engagement and management skills create a qualification that is tailor made for criminal justice management

Modules taught in department:

CRM 1541: Fundamental Criminology
Content:

  • General Introduction and Delimitation of the Field of Study
  • The crime concept
  • The causes of crime
  • Theoretical explanations for crime
  • The consequences of crime
  • The prevention and combating of crime

CRM 1641: Fundamental Criminology
Content:

  • The Classification of Criminals
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • The processes of Administration of Justice
  • The Victim of Crime
  • Particular Types of Crime
  • Pathological Phenomenon

CRM 2541: Juvenile Delinquency
Content:

  • Introduction
  • Definition of the Concepts
  • The Nature and Extent of Juvenile Delinquency
  • The causation of juvenile delinquency
  • The Treatment and Prevention of Juvenile delinquency
  • Differences between crimes committed by Boys and those by Girls
  • Juvenile Gangs
  • Summary

CRM 2641: Crime Prevention
Content:

  • Introduction
  • Definition of the Concepts
  • The History of Crime Prevention
  • Approaches to crime Prevention
  • Crime Prevention Models and Strategies
  • Primary crime Prevention
  • Secondary Crime Prevention
  • Tertiary Crime Prevention
  • South African National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS)
CRM 3541: Victimology
Content:

  • Introduction
  • Historical perspective
  • The concept victim and the scope of victimology
  • The process of victimization
  • Victim Vulnerability and Precipitation
  • The Victim and the criminal Justice System
  • Treatment of the Victim and the Prevention of Crime
  • Summary
CRM 3641: Criminal Justice System
Content:

  • Introduction
  • Correctional Services Act 111
  • Sentencing and punishment
  • Prison Community
  • Institutional Tratment of Offenders
  • Release of Offenders
  • Community Based Sentencing
  • Summary

Police Studies

POS 1541

  • Historical development of policing (England, America, S.A. (pre-colonial & post colonial)
  • Policing agencies – Interpol, Metropolitan police, Traffic police, Military police
  • Constitution
  • SAPS Act
  • Basic concepts in policing - Police force, Police service, Service orientation, Preventive policing
  • Democratic versus oppressive policing

POS 1641

  • Police role in the CJS
  • Components of the CJS - Structure of courts
  • Civilian oversight of the police – Secretariat, Parliamentary oversight, CPF
  • NCPS
  • Operational functions of the police

POS 2541

Content
POS 2541:

  • Introduction
  • Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act No.108 of 1996)
  • The Police Service Act (No. 68 of 1995)
  • The Green Paper on Safety and Security and the National Crime Prevention
  • Community policing policy framework and guidelines
  • White paper on Safety and Security
  • Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster priorities
  • Strategic plan for the SAPS
  • White paper on the transformation of the Public Service
  • ‘Batho Pele’ paper (1997)
  • Public Service Regulations

Content
POS 2641:

  • Introduction
  • SAPS Employee Regulations
  • Employment Equity Act (55 of 1998)
  • Policing obligations
  • Fundamental rights
  • Objectives of the Police Service
  • Policing powers
  • Criminal Procedure Act (51 of 1977)
  • Minimum force
  • Practical guidelines for investigators
  • Sentencing
  • Crime intelligence in proactive policing

Policing studies 300(Police Administration)
POS 3541
Module Content

Theme 1 : organisational structure of the South African police service(saps)

  • Structure of the saps : national and provincial
  • Ranking structure
  • Key concepts : management, supervision, administration
  • Occupational anomie

Theme two : managerial theories and approaches

  • The evolution of administrative theory
  • Administrative theory
  • Leadership styles - Likert’s leadership system, Downs’ bureaucratic leadership style
  • Leadership theories
  • Managerial approaches
  • Police administration at a police station
  • Public and private policing institutions

Theme3 : supervision of police

  • South African police service act
  • Control
  • Ethics, inappropriate behaviour and liability
  • Police corruption

Theme four : human resource and community service

  • Police officers’ right to strike
  • Police unionism
  • Community policing
  • Evaluation methods and performance appraisal
  • Stress, wellness and employee assistance program

The following is a list of staff members in the Department of GIS Resource Centre:

Designation Name Contact

Prof. CJ. Roelofse (HOD)

Tel: +27 15 962 8326

Email: neels@univen.ac.za

Mr. LA. Musekene

Tel: +27 15 962 8550

Email: musekene@univen.ac.za

Mr. TC. Tshidada

Tel: +27 15 962 8130

Email: tshidada@univen.ac.ac