SRJC Course Outlines

12/10/2023 9:04:50 AMAJ 21 Course Outline as of Spring 2006

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  AJ 21Title:  INTRO TO ADMIN JUSTICE  
Full Title:  Introduction to Administration of Justice
Last Reviewed:3/11/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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History and philosophy of administration of justice in America; recapitulation of the system; identification of the various subsystems, role expectations and their interrelationships in society; theories of expectations and their interrelationships in society; theories of crime, punishment, and rehabilitation; education and training for professionalism in the criminal justice system.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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History & philosophy of administration of justice in America; recapitulation of the system; identification of the various subsystems, role expectations & their interrelationships in society; theories of crime, punishment & rehabilitation; education & training for professionalism in the criminal justice system.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: AJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice SRJC Equivalent Course(s): AJ21

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1.  Explain the history and evolution of the administration of
   justice system.
2.  Identify, compare and contrast the objectives of the law
   enforcement, judicial and corrections components of the
   criminal justice system.
3.  List the criminal justice system's responsibilities to the
4.  Identify general concepts in crime causation, and the social
   implications of crime on society.
5.  Compare and contrast the various local, state and federal
   agencies, their organizational structure, and roles of each
   subsystem within the criminal justice system.
6.  Recognize and identify the key steps in the judicial process.
7.  Identify and explain key U.S. Constitutional rights related to
   criminal justice protected by the Bill of Rights and the Due
   Process Clause.
8.  Demonstrate an increased appreciation of the education, training
   and professionalism needed for career opportunities in the
   criminal justice system.

Topics and Scope
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  1.  History and evolution of the administration of justice system
 2.  Organization and operation of law enforcement
     A.  Identification of principal local, state, and federal law
         enforcement agencies
     B.  Identification of the principal objectives of the local, state
        and federal law enforcement agencies
 3.  Innovations and role expectations for law enforcement personnel
     A.  Constitutional provisions - Effects of legal interpretations
         (search and seizure, Miranda, use of force)
     B.  Emphasis upon order maintenance
     C.  Concepts in patrol and investigative methodology (community-
         oriented policing; use of computers; scientific innovation in
         the analysis of evidence)
     D.  Overseeing the police - citizen complaint investigation,
         civilian review, ombudsman
     E.  Equal opportunity employment and the changing faces of the
         police department
 4.  Structure and Role of Courts
     A.  Federal (United States Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Court
         of Appeal, U.S. District Court)
     B.  California Appellate Courts (District Court of Appeals and
         Supreme Court
     C.  County Trial Courts (Superior Court)
     D.  Court officers - roles and expectations
 5.  Key Steps in the Judicial Process
     A.  Complaint, indictment, petition
     B.  Bail
     C.  Arraignment
     D.  Motions
     E.  Preliminary hearing
     F.  Pre-plea conference
     G.  Plea bargaining
     H.  Trial
     I.  Sentencing
 6. Constitutional Law in the Judicial System
     A.  Key U.S. Constitutional rights protected by the 1st
         4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th (Due Process and Equal
        Protection) Amendments
     B.  Impact of key Amendments on Due Process of Law
 7. Prosecutor's Role in the Judicial System
     A.  U.S. Attorney
     B.  State Attorney General
     C.  District and City Attorney
     D.  Prosecutor's use of discretion: legal sufficiency, system
         efficiency, trial sufficiency
 8. Defense Attorney's Role in the Judicial System
     A.  Public Defender
     B.  Private attorney and appointed/conflict counsel
     C.  Retained counsel
     D.  Defense counsel as an "agent-mediator"
 9. Real vs. Ideal System of Justice
     A.  Due process model and crime control model
     B.  Plea bargaining - role and purposes
     C.  "Going rate", pre-plea conference, "copping out",
 10. Purpose and Structure of the Correctional System
     A.  Contemporary correctional philosophy (warehousing v.
       rehabilitation, 8th Amendment issues, recidivism,
       increased   commitment rates, inmate code, special
       population problems, "shock probation"
     B.  California Department of Corrections overview
     C.  County and local corrections
 11. Probation and Parole
     A.  Probation definition and purposes
     B.  Probation functions - investigation, supervision,
     C.  Parole definition and purposes
     D.  Parole functions - supervision
 12. Special Issues Affecting the Criminal Justice System
     A.  Social change and challenge (hate crimes, gangs)
     B.  Role and impact of changing demographics & cultural
       diversity in the justice system.
 13. Career Paths for Criminal Justice Employment
     A.  Role of education & training
     B.  Job Preparation
     C.  Employment detractors (background, use of drugs, etc.)
     D.  Pre-employment testing procedures and hiring process (local,
         state, federal)
 14. Discipline-specific research tools
     A.  Introduction to discipline-specific research tools
         1. Books
         2. Important periodicals
         3. Major indexing sources
         4. Professional or trade organizations
         5. Standard reference tools
         6. Major web sites
     B.  Identification of realistic career objectives

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  1.  3 examinations and weekly quizzes.
 2.  Weekly reading assignments of 20-30 pages.
 3.  Term project and/or website research project.
 4.  Group presentation on Constitutional Amendments.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 30%
Written homework, Internet research; term paper
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 30%
Homework problems, Oral presentations
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 70%
Multiple choice, Matching items, Completion, Essay exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Cole, George and Christopher Smith, CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA,
   Wadsworth Publishing Co., San Francisco, current edition.
California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training,
  (POST), Learning Domain Workbooks 1 and 2, current edition.
N.C.J.R.S. MONTHLY ACCESSIONS LIST. National Institute of
   Justice/NCJRS, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20850.

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