Course Summary
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12 -- 15 weeks (127 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Introduction to Criminal Justice


The course objective is to introduce students to the criminal justice system and its three main components: law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. It reviews what constitutes a criminal offense, how crime is measured, and theories of crime causation. This course also looks at issues and challenges facing today's criminal justice system and examines possible future directions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Examine the justice system
  • Analyze concepts related to criminal law
  • Compare and contrast theories of crime
  • Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to define key terms related to the justice system
  • Evaluate the impact history has had on the American justice system
  • And examine issues and emerging trends in criminal justice

General Course Topics:

  • Criminal justice
  • Categories, measurement, and theories of crime
  • Criminal law
  • Basics of law enforcement
  • Legal issues and challenges for law enforcement
  • Organization of courts
  • History of corrections
  • Prison life and alternative sanctions
  • Juveniles in the justice system
  • Drugs and the criminal justice system
  • The future of criminal justice
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

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