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Course Description

The history and philosophy of justice as it evolved throughout the world; in-depth study of the American system and various sub-systems; roles and role expectations of criminal justice agents in their interrelationships in society; concepts of crime causations, punishments and rehabilitation; ethics, education and training for professionalism in the social system. (C-ID: AJ 110) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the criminological theories used to explain crime and criminality.
  • Explain the methods, theories, and concepts associated with the sources of crime data, the emerging patterns of criminal activity, including their relationship to race and gender, and the costs of crime.
  • Explain the historical development of criminal law, discuss the sources of criminal law, and identify crime classifications.
  • Summarize the history, development, structure, and function of American police, courts, and corrections.
  • Identify and describe special issues in the criminal justice system involving juvenile delinquency, drugs, and future trends.
  • Explain how multiculturalism and diversity present special challenges to, and opportunities for, the American system of criminal justice and discuss how this may shape the future of the criminal justice system.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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