Introduction to Criminal Justice

Course Number: CRIMLJUS 1130
Course Name: Introduction to Criminal Justice (Online)
Course Description:    This course is designed to introduce students to the three major components of the criminal justice system (law enforcement, courts, and corrections). Primary focus will be on the United States. Throughout our examination, we will continue to ask what is justice and how is it administered through each of the major components of the criminal justice system.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • Understand the various components of the criminal justice system, including its origin, structure, functions, goals, and responsibilities.  
  • Evaluate the relationships between the various components of the criminal justice system and the process of administering justice.
  • Develop critical thinking skills through an examination of justice in the criminal justice system and its impact on society.
  • Develop and improve research and writing skills.
  • Consider future employment in the criminal justice field.

Unit Descriptions
Course Organization and Assignment Descriptions

Unit 1: Crime, Law, and the Criminal Justice System
Overview

The first unit of this class provides an overview of the major themes of this course: what constitutes a crime and how the United States accomplishes justice. A discussion of how crime is measured is provided, as well as a brief overview of the various explanations of crime

Outcomes
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Understand the breadth and complexity of the criminal justice system.
  • Identify various types of crime and ways to measure crime.
  • Understand and apply the fundamentals of criminal theory as it relates to the causes of crime.
  • Understand the basic of criminal law and criminal procedure.

Unit 2: At-Law Enforcement
Overview

This unit provides a review of a variety of topics related to police and policing, and includes history and structure police organization and management; legal aspects related to police, primarily involving Fourth Amendment issues; liability and police misconduct; and problem-oriented and community-oriented policing.

Outcomes
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Understand the origins and operations of law enforcement.
  • Comprehend the basics of selection and training of police.
  • Appreciate the impact of the bill of rights on law enforcement.

Unit 3: Adjudication
Overview

This unit provides an overview of the U.S. court system, including a look at the history, mission, key players, and flow of events in the criminal trial. Pleas and sentencing options are also examined.

Outcomes
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Understand the basic structure and function of American courts.
  • Distinguish between the processes before and during a trial.
  • Appreciate the complexity and purposes of sentencing.

Unit 4: Corrections
Overview

This unit reviews corrections in the United States, including the history and development of probation, parole, community corrections, and private prisons. This unit also looks at various correctional philosophies and explores the issues related to being a prisoner in the United States.

Outcomes
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to

  • Understand the origins and models of corrections in America.
  • Differentiate the purposes and structures of jails and prisons.
  • Comprehend the complexities, benefits, and difficulties of community corrections.

Grading Criteria for Activities

Assignment Possible Points
Exams (4 @ 50 pts. each) 200 points
Research Paper Outline 15 points
Paper 50 points
Assignments (4 @ 15 pts. each) 60 points
Participation 35 points
Total Points: 360 points

Grading Scale

A 342 - 360 points
A- 324 - 341 points
B+ 309 - 323 points
B 299 - 308 points
B- 288 - 298 points
C+ 274 - 287 points
C 263 - 273 points
C- 252 - 262 points
D+ 238 - 251 points
D 216 - 237 points
F 0 - 215 points

 

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