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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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:

  1. Summarize the evolution of the of American criminal justice system.
  2. Identify sources of crime statistics utilized in the United States.
  3. Explain the sources of modern criminal law as well as the types of laws.
  4. Examine the use of discretion and the relationships between law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.
  5. Describe the structures, roles, and responsibilities of policing today.
  6. Explain the process of adjudication, from charging through appeal.
  7. Differentiate between types of correctional institutions and programs, as well as how they relate to the concepts of punishment, rehabilitation, and reform.
  8. 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)