Dec 03, 2023
CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems
PREREQUISITES: Demonstrated competency through appropriate assessment or earning a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 083 - Reading Strategies for College and ENGL 093 - Introduction to College Writing ; or ENGL 095 - Integrated Reading and Writing , or ENGL 075 - Co-Requisite Integrated Reading & Writing .
PROGRAM: Criminal Justice
CREDIT HOURS MIN: 3
LECTURE HOURS MIN: 3
DATE OF LAST REVISION: Fall, 2019
Introductory course surveying the history, purposes, structures, and functions of the three components of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Explores the interrelationships and responsibilities within the criminal justice system.
MAJOR COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course the student will be expected to:
- Summarize the evolution of the of American criminal justice system.
- Identify sources of crime statistics utilized in the United States.
- Explain the sources of modern criminal law as well as the types of laws.
- Examine the use of discretion and the relationships between law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.
- Describe the structures, roles, and responsibilities of policing today.
- Explain the process of adjudication, from charging through appeal.
- Differentiate between types of correctional institutions and programs, as well as how they relate to the concepts of punishment, rehabilitation, and reform.
- Recognize cultural issues and the role of diversity within the criminal justice system.
COURSE CONTENT: Topical areas of study include -
- American models of justice
- Cultural and diversity issues in criminal justice
- Causations of crime
- History of crime and laws
- The court system
- Incarceration and prisons
- Juvenile justice
- Policing in America
- Due process
- International perspectives of justice and crime
Course Addendum - Syllabus (Click to expand)