Sep 21, 2023
CJC 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
3 Lecture Hours
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.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:
- Identify the structure of the criminal justice system.
- Identify the major components of the criminal justice system and their purposes.
- Describe the history and development of the American criminal justice system.
- Evaluate various models of criminal justice and consider the impact each has on those employed in the system and those processed through the system.
- Identify important sources of crime statistics and explain their importance.
- Summarize the trends in crime in the United States.
- Identify issues related to the administration of justice in the United States, for example, plea bargaining, police misconduct and punishment of offenders.
- Discuss the tension between public safety and civil liberties and the role that the criminal justice system plays in these opposing and important goals.
- Criminal Justice professions
- Limitations on the police, courts and corrections
- Landmark Supreme Court rulings
- Definition and categories of crime
- Measurement of crime
- Victim services
- Related systems effect on the criminal justice system
- The role of the criminal justice system in the larger society
- Punishment options in the criminal justice system
- Application of academics, math, science and English in the field of criminal justice
- Cross-cultural comparison of the nature and scope of crime
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:
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 2/2/2023
- Culture Society & Citizenship
- Information Literacy
Last Reviewed: 2/2/2023
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