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Course Syllabus

Course: CJ 1010

Division: Social and Behavioral Science
Department: Behavioral Science
Title: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Semester Approved: Summer 2018
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2023
End Semester: Summer 2024

Catalog Description: This course will explore the history, processes, and functions of the American Criminal Justice System this will include law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and the basic theories and procedures of criminal justice in America and its impact on Human Behavior.

General Education Requirements: Social and Behavioral Science (SS)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 3; Lab: 0

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None


Justification: This course fulfills a General Education Requirement. This course is part of the Criminal Justice curriculum and similar courses exist at USHE institutions. CJ 1010 is part of the lower division course for a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice.

General Education Outcomes:
1: A student who completes the GE curriculum will have a fundamental knowledge of human cultures and the natural world, with particular emphasis on American institutions, the social and behavioral sciences, the physical and life sciences, the humanities, the fine arts and personal wellness.  Through study of the history of basic rights such as individual rights and public order, students willl be able to explain changes in American history. This will be accomplished through the research project submitted by the student and evaluated by the instructor; and by the student’s participation in a final project (preparing a community program on individual rights and public order).

2: A student who completes the GE curriculum can read, retrieve, evaluate, interpret, and deliver information using a variety of traditional and electronic media. Students will demonstrate ability to read effectively in the social science discipline by demonstrating an ability to read effectively by completing critical thinking exercises in the chapters or take the appropriate quiz or exam and submit them for evaluation by the instructor. The student will also complete a research project.

6: A student who completes the GE curriculum can reason analytically, critically, and creatively about nature, culture, facts, values, ethics, and civic policy. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills by explaining the impacts of judicial system on individual rights and public order. This will be accomplished in all the written assignments and projects.

General Education Knowledge Area Outcomes:
1: Through the study of the history of basic rights, students will understand changes in individual rights and public order. Students will complete critical thinking exercises in the chapters or take the appropriate quiz or exam and submit them for evaluation by the instructor. The student will also complete a research project. Through the study of the history of basic rights, students will understand changes in individual rights and public order. Students will complete critical thinking exercises in the chapters or take the appropriate quiz or exam and submit them for evaluation by the instructor. The student will also complete a research project.

2: Develop and communicate hypothetical explanations for individual human behavior within the large-scale historical or social context. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the impacts of the components of the criminal justice system on individual rights and public order. This will be accomplished through the research project submitted by the student and evaluated by the instructor; and by the student’s participation in a final project (preparing a community program on individual rights and public order).

3: Draw on the social and behavioral sciences to evaluate contemporary problems using social science research methodology. Students will demonstrate an ability to use social science research to explain phenomenon in all their written projects and assignments.

4: Describe and analytically compare social, political, economic, cultural, geographical, and historical settings and processes other than one’s own. Students will understand other judicial systems (English, Islamic, Communist) in relation to the system of the United States. This will be explored in preparing a community program on individual rights and public order.

5: Explain and use the social-scientific method to test research questions and draw conclusions. This will be accomplished through the research project submitted by the student and evaluated by the instructor; and by the student’s participation in a final project (preparing a community program on individual rights and public order).

6: Write effectively within the social science discipline, using correct disciplinary guidelines, to analyze, interpret, and communicate about social science phenomena. This will be accomplished through the research project submitted by the student and evaluated by the instructor; and by the student’s participation in a final project (preparing a community program on individual rights and public order).


Student Learning Outcomes:
Evaluate contemporary and/or historical problems using appropriate discipline specific research methodology. This will be accomplished through the research project submitted by the student and evaluated by the instructor; and by the student’s participation in a final project (preparing a community program on individual rights and public order).

Describe and analytically compare the appropriate discipline's different social, political, economic, cultural, geographical, or historical settings and processes. Students will complete critical thinking exercises in the chapters or take the appropriate quiz or exam and submit them for evaluation by the instructor. The student will also complete a research project.

Develop and communicate hypothetical explanations for individual human behavior within the large-scale historical or social context.  This will be explored in preparing a community program on individual rights and public order, which is the final project.

Write and/or demonstrate effectively within the (appropriate) social science discipline, using correct disciplinary guidelines, to analyze, interpret, and communicate about social science phenomena.  This will be accomplished in all the research assignment and written projects.


Content:
Throughout this course the student will be able to examine the historical and evolution perspectives of criminal justice in America. Understand philosophies as a dynamic concept. Learn the broad framework of the criminal justice system. Become familiar with the law as it applies to criminal justice in America. Be able to differentiate between the separate authorities, departments and operations in America. Examine the growth and related problems of the American system. Gain perspective on potential careers in criminal

Key Performance Indicators:
Chapter Assignments  0 to 10%

Mini Writing Projects 0 to 25%

Research Writing Project 0 to 30%

Final Project 0 to 35%

Quizzes and Exams 0 to 20%


Representative Text and/or Supplies:
CRIMINAL JUSTICE: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION Schmalleger, current edition.


Pedagogy Statement:
This course will be taught by lecture, group work, discussion, written assignments and projects which require practical application.

Instructional Mediums:
Lecture

Maximum Class Size: 130
Optimum Class Size: 40