Instructor: Tracie Wheeler, J.D.
Criminal Justice 101 is survey of the history, philosophy and social development of police, courts and corrections in a democratic society. Identification and operations of local, state and federal agencies will be covered with criminal justice career orientation.
The Text is: George F. Cole and Christopher E Smith, Criminal Justice in America (5th Ed.)
I. Criminal Justice system in America
A. Public policy issues
B. Methodology/Statistics - UCR, NCS, Self-report surveys
C. Crime control versus due process
II. Defining and Understanding Criminal Behavior
A. Sources of criminal law - consensus versus conflict
B. Crime Causation theories
C. Types of Crimes
III. Criminal Law - Substantive and Procedural
A. Types of Laws
B. Criminal Defenses
C. Principles elements of Substantive Criminal Law - example - rape
D. Procedural Criminal law - 14th, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th amendments
E. Search and Seizure, Exclusionary Rule, Warrantless searches
IV. Administration of Criminal Justice
A. Goals of Criminal Justice
B. Agencies of Criminal Justice - local, state and federal
C. Overview Criminal Justice Process - pretrial, court, post-trial process
A. History, policy, functions
B. Police operations, issues, and trends
C. Community Corrections - Probation, Intermediate Sanctions, Parole
Overall Course Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, the student should be able to:
This course does not have an on-campus orientation.
Grading/Exams: Grading procedures will be determined by the individual faculty member but will include the following:
Final grades will be calculated on the basis of exams, papers, and class participation.
Writing: Specific writing assignments will be determined by the individual faculty Member, but will include at least 1000 words of formal writing.
All assignments will have specific points assigned to them when handed out or assigned.
Other Course Information
Meets College definition for: Cultural Diversity
This course is a Social Science elective and an Arts and Science elective.
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