CJ 101 - Intro to Criminal Justice

Course Description

The student is introduced to the criminal justice system and the criminal justice process. Includes the history, present structure, current functions and contemporary problems of the police, the prosecution, the courts, corrections, and security agencies. Group 2 course.

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General Education Outcomes supported by this course

Communications - Direct, Critical Thinking - Direct

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the history of the Criminal Justice system.
  • Define the various forms of Criminal justice including issues surrounding the profession.
  • Identify key concepts relating to case law within the courts.
  • Identify the inter-related parts of the Criminal Justice system.
  • Relate conceptual knowledge to ongoing court cases.
  • Gain investigation skills.
  • Apply case law in relationship to the criminal justice system.
  • Describe key components of the courtroom process based on attending court sessions.
Human Dimension:
  • Use the content in this course to inform and help others.
  • Define resources needed for victims, suspects and witnesses in cases.
  • Engage in professional dialogue.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Develop empathy towards victims.
  • Seek areas to be involved in the community.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Develop an interest in the Criminal Justice System and want to continue learning about the subject.
  • Interpret articles dealing with court proceedings.