Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

AJ 101 - Introduction To Administration Of Justice

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100

This is a comprehensive course on crime and its causes including the history and philosophy of the administration of justice in America, the development of the criminal justice system, identification of the various subsystems, role expectations and their interrelationships. Theories of crime, punishment, adjudication and rehabilitation and training for professionalism in the entire system are also explored.

3 hrs. lect. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of AJ 101, the student will be able to:

  • Articulate a basic understanding of the processes of American criminal justice, including the stages of criminal case development;
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the nature of the rule of law, and describe its purpose in Western democratic societies;
  • Appreciate the basic purposes of policing in democratic societies;
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the nature and guarantees of due process as well as legal aspects of policing, including the law of arrest, and search and seizure;
  • Express a developing awareness and deeper appreciation for the human aspects and complexities of police work;
  • Identify and describe the adjudication process, including the role of the courts, the typical stages in a criminal trial as well as the nature and purpose of the criminal trial;
  • Describe the five goals of contemporary criminal sentencing as well as the different sentencing practices that have been linked to each goal; and
  • Discuss the major characteristics and purposes of today's prisons and jails.

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