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LAWE 321 Law and Human Behavior

This course meets corresponding learning objectives of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. Examines the police response and investigation of missing persons and crimes of violence, including child and vulnerable adult abuse and neglect, domestic violence and sexual assault. Other topics addressed include victims and victims' rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act and special communications situations, crisis intervention and mental illness, community notification and conflict and management.


Special information

Prerequisites: CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, AND either CJS 200 Literature in Criminal Justice OR CJS 201 Foundations in Criminal Justice required. Students should register for this course the spring preceding their summer skills. Note: Must be taken concurrently with LAWE 321L.
3 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 16, 2017 to May 2, 2023

Learning outcomes


  • Describe the impact of human behavior on the interactions between law enforcement and communities they serve.
  • Explain law enforcement response strategies to mental health issues, persons in crisis and critical incident events.
  • Describe the role of law enforcement as it relates, but not limited, to: victimization, survivors, stalking, predatory offenders, domestic abuse, sexual assault and hate/biased motivated crimes.
  • Explain the role of law enforcement when addressing issues of gangs, drugs, terrorism and homeland security.

Spring 2023

Section Title Instructor
50 Law and Human Behavior Dunphy, Emily Lehner Books Course details