Justice Center

We are a teaching and research unit offering academic programs in Justice and Legal Studies. Our faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research in justice issues including the courts, corrections, policing, recidivism, violence against women, and substance abuse.

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Leading Alaska toward a safer, healthier, and more just society.


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Priority registration for Spring 2019 begins Nov. 9: Justice and Legal Studies electives to consider

Priority registration for the Spring 2019 semester begins on November 9, 2018. Here's our preview of elective and selective courses offered by the Justice and Legal Studies programs this spring — just click on the header for the course in which you're interested.

 See the full Spring 2019 class schedule here.

  • JUST A332 — Environmental Crime Prevention

    Environmental Crime Prevention (JUSTA332) JUST A332 — Environmental Crime Prevention

    Spring 2019
    Monday/Wednesday, 11:30 to 12:45 PM

    Prerequisites: JUST A200 and JUST A201 and (JUST A251 or SOC A251).
    CRN: 37051

    We can reduce crime without trying to make people better. This course explores how this is possible through altering the environment to reduce opportunities to commit crime. We’ll look at practical applications of different aspects of environmental crime prevention such as defensible space, crime prevention through environmental design, situational crime prevention, and problem-oriented policing.

    This class will be useful if you

    • want to learn how to reduce your own risk of being a crime victim;
    • work in retail and want to keep customers and employees from stealing from you;
    • are curious about the relationship between human behavior and design of places;
    • are in real estate and want to provide safer spaces for your tenants;
    • wonder how urban design and street patterns contribute to crime.

    Prerequisites a problem? Ask about a registration override!

    For more information, contact Prof. Sharon Chamard at sechamard@alaska.edu or 786-1813.

  • JUST A366 —Substance Use and Crime

    JUST A366 — Substance Use and Crime flyerJUST A366 — Substance Use and Crime

    Spring 2019
    Tuesday/Thursday 2:30 to 3:45 PM

    Prerequisites: JUST 110
    CRN: 37053

    What’s the relation between substance use and crime? What is the underlying mechanism? How does society treat drug-involved offenders?

    Contact Dr. Yeungjeom Lee at ylee41@alaska.edu with questions.

  • JUST A374 — The Courts

    JUST A374 — The Courts flyerJUST A374 — The Courts

    Spring 2019
    Tuesday/Thursday 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM

    Prerequisites: JUST 110 or LEGL 101
    CRN: 31496

    Required course for Legal Studies B.A.
    Selective course for Justice B.A.
    Selective course for Paralegal AAS, PBCT

    Who really has the power in the court room? How did our courts evolve? What happens as a case moves through the legal system? Where do you find modern research on the courts’ impact on law, society, and politics? Find out in our class!

    For more info, contact Prof. Kristin Knudsen at kknudsen@alaska.edu or 786-4885.

  • JUST A432 — Crime Analysis & Mapping

    JUST A432 — Crime Analysis & Mapping flyerJUST A432 — Crime Analysis & Mapping

    Spring 2019
    Tuesdays 2:30 to 5:15 PM
    GER Capstone & Upper-Division Elective

    Prerequisites: JUST A200 & JUST A201 with a C or better
    CRN: 31500

    Crime analysis is the practical application of data analysis — and is essential to many modern approaches to solving crime problems. Focused on doing analysis instead of talking about it, this course introduces crime analysis tasks based on scenarios commonly faced by crime analysts in law enforcement agencies throughout the US.
    The course gives students practical training in ArcGIS for Desktop and Excel, two of the most commonly-used tools in the industry. Enrollment includes a one-year academic license for ArcGIS for installation on your computer.

    Contact: Dr. Troy Payne, tpayne9@alaska.edu

  • JUST A434 — Police–Community Relations

    JUST A434 — Police–Community Relations flyerJUST A434 — Police–Community Relations

    Spring 2019
    Monday/Wednesday 2:30 to 3:45 PM

    Prerequisites: JUST A110, JUST A200, and JUST A201
    CRN: 37054

    At the heart of democratic governance are notions of limited authority, equality before the law, citizen voice and participation, legitimacy, and consent. Due to their unique capacity to use force in order to obtain compliance, and because they represent to embodiment of governmental power and authority to most citizens, the police represent an institutional site of ongoing social and cultural conflict. In this course we will explore the nature of the relationships that exist between police and the many “publics” they serve, the factors that influence and give shape to those relationships, and to evaluate the implications of police – community relations for policing a democratic society.

    Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Brad Myrstol at bamyrstol@alaska.edu or 907.786.1837 with questions.

    Course prerequisites a problem? Ask about a registration override!

  • JUST A445 — Probation, Parole and Community Corrections

    JUST A445 — Probation, Parole and Community Corrections flyerJUST A445 — Probation, Parole and Community Corrections

    Spring 2019
    Monday/Wednesday 1:00 to 2:15 PM

    Prerequisites: JUST 110 & Junior/Senior Standing
    CRN: 31502

    Course covers the history and development of probation and parole, including notions of rehabilitation, reentry and reintegration. Investigates evidence-based standards, numerous and diverse types of supervision, treatment, control, restoration and supportive programs for criminal offenders within the community.

    Questions? Contact Dr. Rita Augustyn at rjaugustyn2@alaska.edu or 907-786-4302

  • JUST A490-001 — Homelessness and Crime

    JUST A490-001 — Homelessness and CrimeJUST A490-001 — Homelessness and Crime (Contemporary Justice Issues)

    Spring 2019
    Monday/Wednesday, 10:00 to 11:15 PM

    Prerequisites: JUST A11O with Junior or Senior standing (exceptions made upon instructor approval)
    CRN: 37056 (Note: There are multiple JUST A490 sections. Be sure to use CRN: 37056)

    What are best practices to move people out of homelessness? How do we deal with crime and other social problems associated with homelessness? How can we reduce the very high rates of victimization among homeless people? Who becomes homeless and why?

    Ask about an override if you have a Social Science GER other than JUST A110.

    For more information, contact Prof. Sharon Chamard at sechamard@alaska.edu or 786-1813.

  • JUST A490-002 — Victimization

    JUST A490-002 — Victimization flyerJUST A490-002 — Victimization  (Contemporary Justice Issues)

    Spring 2019
    Tuesday/Thursday 1:00 to 2:15 PM

    Prerequisites: JUST A11O with Junior or Senior standing (exceptions made upon instructor approval)
    CRN: 37057 (Note: There are multiple JUST A490 sections. Be sure to use CRN: 37057)

    The study of victimization is among the most complex topics in criminology. The complexity starts with trying to understand victimization itself. Why are people victimized? What does it mean to be victimized? What is harm? The complexity increases when we seek justice for those who have been victimized. What does justice mean for victims? Can justice for victims be integrated into a fair and balanced justice system?
    Through our semester long exploration, we will seek to answer these and other questions and to envision how social systems might more adequately respond to and enable justice for victims of crime.
    Register today!

    No textbook (all readings provided via Blackboard, free of charge)

    Contact Dr. Ingrid Johnson at idjohnson@alaska.edu or (907) 786-1126 with questions.

  • LEGL/JUST A380 — Torts, Workers’ Compensation & Insurance Law

    LEGL/JUST A380 — Torts, Workers’ Compensation & Insurance Law flyerLEGL/JUST A380 — Torts, Workers’ Compensation & Insurance Law

    Spring 2019
    Monday/Wednesday 5:30 to 6:45 PM

    Prerequisites: LEGL A101 (minimum grade C) & LEGL 215 (minimum grade C)
    CRN: 37060

    There are 26 million disabling injuries every year in the U.S.—and the economic cost of those injuries reach into the hundreds of billions. Why is the compensation system for such injuries so expensive, burdensome , inadequate, and slow? Does it work to deter unsafe conduct and products? Is it possible to be both fair and administratively efficient? Studying tort law involves a lot more than learning doctrinal rules—it integrates a fundamental understanding of the American legal system. It’s also a great way to learn some professional skills in a true-to-life setting.

    For more info, contact Prof. Kristin Knudsen at kknudsen@alaska.edu or 786-4885.

    If course prerequisites are a problem, ask about a registration override.

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The UAA Justice Center, established by the Alaska legislature in 1975, has a mandate to provide statewide justice‐related education, research, and service. The Justice Center is an interdisciplinary unit that provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; conducts research in the areas of crime, law, and justice; and provides service to government units, justice agencies, and community organizations throughout urban and rural Alaska to promote a safe, healthy, and just society.

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Justice Center
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK   99508
United States
Tel: (907) 786-1810
Fax: (907) 786-7777
E-mail:  uaa.justice@alaska.edu

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