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Spring 2019

Criminal Justice Courses:

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CRJ101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Presents overview of the administration of criminal justice in the United States and the problems of crime prevention and control in American society. Prepares students for further study in criminal justice, for careers in criminal justice agencies, and for knowledgeable citizenship.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Define crime, explain how crime is a social and legal issue, and identify various causation factors for crime.
2. List the three components of the criminal justice system, explain the duties and responsibilities of each and describe how they work both independently and together as a system to provide justice.*
3. Identify the different steps in the criminal justice process and explain the duties and responsibilities of the various actors at each step of the process, including the knowledge of the culture, perspectives, attitudes, styles and ethics of various participants in the criminal justice field.
4. Explore career opportunities and work qualifications for the various positions in the criminal justice system.
5. Distinguish between common law, case law and statutory law.
6. Define the elements of a crime and identify various criminal defenses to these crimes.
7. Use computer based technology in the study of criminal justice, including using search engines, to locate specific criminal justice web sites and academic sources through library resources.*
8. Demonstrate communication skills appropriate to the criminal justice field by communicating information orally in an effective manner and presenting written information employing proper grammar, spelling and structure.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
I. The Criminal Justice System

II. The Crime Picture

III. The Search for Causes of Crime

IV. Criminal Law

V. Policing: History and Structure

VI. Police Management

VII. Legal Issues in Policing

VIII. The Crime Victim

IX. The Court System

X. The Courtroom Personnel and the Trial Proceedings

XI. Sentencing

XII. Probation, Parole and Community Corrections

XIII. Incarceration: Prisons and Jail

XIV. Prison Life

XV. Juvenile Justice

XVI. Critical Issues in Criminal Justice

XVII. The Future

Effective Term: Spring 2016