CRJ 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
Examines all three segments of criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts, and corrections, including study of their evolution, structure, agencies, career opportunities and requirements, responsibilities, and ethics. Role of Constitution and state and federal laws, current problems of each.
Prerequisite(s): College English placement and Accuplacer reading score above 70 or College English placement and Accuplacer reading score below 70 and REA 100 or TRS 200 or TRS 105 and REA 100 if Accuplacer reading score is not above 70. Co-requisite(s): TRS 200 or TRS 105 and REA 100 if Accuplacer reading score is not above 70.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Evaluate his/her attitudes and attributes in relation to criminal justice careers and choose an appropriate curricular emphasis.
2. Illustrate and describe the process of a criminal prosecution from occurrence of alleged offense to discharge.
3. Identify the major components of the criminal justice system and explain their interrelationships.
4. Identify and explain the “sources of law” and their interrelationships.
5. Identify various theories of crime causation and describe their effects on the criminal justice system.
6. Differentiate key terms and concepts in the criminal justice system.
7. Identify ethical issues that are present throughout the criminal justice system and describe acceptable responses to them.
Course Offered Fall, Spring