CCJS1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies

Course Description

An overview of the entire criminal justice system: history and development law enforcement prosecution and defense courts and trial processes and corrections.

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisites: None

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Outline how the U.S. criminal justice system protects individual rights.
  • Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the National Crime Victimization Survey and self-report studies.
  • Distinguish between felonies and misdemeanors and illustrate why the application of these labels is not always consistent.
  • Describe how the events of September 11, 2001, affected law enforcement.
  • Recognize how the power of the police is constrained.
  • Identify the challenges facing the U.S. court system.
  • Name some services that victim–witness programs provide.
  • Compare and contrast the two prison systems that emerged in the United States during the first half of the 19th century.
  • Describe the connection between diversion programs and labeling theory.