CRIJ100 Introduction to the Administration of Criminal Justice

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice

I. Course Number and Title
CRIJ100 Introduction to the Administration of Criminal Justice
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
Reading Placement Test score Level 3 or READ110 (C or better), or
Corequisites
Reading Placement Test score Level 2 and enrollment in a paired section of READ110
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is an introductory survey of the evolution, principles, concepts, and practice of the theory and nature of the criminal justice system including police, courts, and corrections systems.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. identify the evolution, principles, concepts and practice of the theory and nature of the criminal justice system in the United States;
      2. examine the nature and causes of crime and criminal responsibility;
      3. demonstrate an understanding of the theories of criminal law and definitions of various types of crimes; and
      4. identify each step in the basic adult criminal justice process and the juvenile system processes.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. evolution and fundamental principles of the U.S. criminal justice system
    2. nature and causes of crime
    3. theories of criminal law
    4. definition and implications of victimless crimes
    5. definition and implications white collar crimes
    6. definition and implications of organized crime
    7. definition and implications of conventional crime
    8. arrest, bookings, complaints
    9. styles of police
    10. police corruption and solutions
    11. the criminal trial
    12. probation and parole
    13. prisons
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. The assessment of course learning goals is based on participation in classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 11/98; Revised 4/2011