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CJC 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice


Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Description
This course is a study of crime, societal reaction to crime and the components of the criminal justice system, law enforcement, the courts and corrections. The student is introduced to the philosophical and historical backgrounds as well as their purposes and functions of each component. The major theories of crime causation, control and rehabilitation of the offender are discussed.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify the structure of the criminal justice system.
  2. Identify the major components of the criminal justice system and their purposes.
  3. Describe the history and development of the American criminal justice system.
  4. Evaluate various models of criminal justice and consider the impact each has on those employed in the system and those processed through the system.
  5. Identify important sources of crime statistics and explain their importance.
  6. Summarize the trends in crime in the United States.
  7. Identify issues related to the administration of justice in the United States, for example, plea bargaining, police misconduct and punishment of offenders.
  8. Discuss the tension between public safety and civil liberties and the role that the criminal justice system plays in these opposing and important goals.
Listed Topics
  1. Criminal Justice professions
  2. Limitations on the police, courts and corrections
  3. Landmark Supreme Court rulings
  4. Definition and categories of crime
  5. Measurement of crime
  6. Victim services
  7. Related systems effect on the criminal justice system
  8. The role of the criminal justice system in the larger society
  9. Punishment options in the criminal justice system
  10. Application of academics, math, science and English in the field of criminal justice
  11. Cross-cultural comparison of the nature and scope of crime
Reference Materials
A contemporary text in the field.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
  • Information Literacy
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 2/2/2023
Last Reviewed: 2/2/2023


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