SRJC Course Outlines

6/19/2024 12:38:12 PMAJ 25 Course Outline as of Fall 2008

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  AJ 25Title:  COMMUNITY RELATIONS  
Full Title:  Community Relations
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 Scheduled08 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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The relationship of criminal justice practitioners and the community; causal and symptomatic aspects of community understanding; lack of cooperation and mistrust; study of behavior causes; ways to develop and maintain amicable relationships. Explore various ethnic groupings to prepare the justice practitioners for their future occupations.  


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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The relationship of criminal justice practitioners and the community; aspects of community understanding; lack of cooperation and mistrust; study of behavior causes; ways to develop and maintain amicable relationships. Explore various ethnic groupings to prepare the justice practitioners for their future occupations.  
(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:Fall 1981
Social and Behavioral Sciences
American Cultures/Ethnic Studies
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: AJ 160 Community and the Justice System SRJC Equivalent Course(s): AJ25

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, the student will be able to:
1. Analyze and discuss the rationale for community involvement in crime
2. Examine the demographic structure of a community.
3. Illustrate the process of classifying a minority, ethnic, or interest
4. Compare and contrast operational principals within the criminal
justice system and the community.
5. Critique current conflicting issues between communities
and the criminal justice system.
6. Compare and contrast the conflicts between the court, corrections,
police and juvenile justice systems.
7. Recognize and analyze the methodologies used to gain insight into
viable ways to determine a community's need for service.
8. Evaluate professionalism within criminal justice agencies.
9. Describe, compare and contrast the various local, state, and federal
laws related to hate crimes.
10. Describe and summarize the historical nature and perspectives
associated with sexual harassment.
11. Analyze and weigh the psychological responses to stress and
12. Identify and list the various provisions of the law relating to
crime victims.
13. Compare and contrast cultural differences within the community.
14. Compare and contrast special populations within the community.
15. Analyze new issues in criminal justice.  

Topics and Scope
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I. Why Community Relations?
  A. Introduction
  B. High cost of crime
  C. The meaning of community relations
  D. The need for community interaction
  E. The function of law versus human interaction
  F. The responsibility of government
  G. The passage of power to the Federal government
  H. Misconceptions in school instruction
  I. Law enforcement units as social agents
  J. Obstacles to community program success
  K. The investigator as a community relations agent
II. The Structure of the Community
  A. Introduction
  B. Key elements of a community
     1. Geographical limits
     2. Demographic characteristics
  C. Factors that make people different
  D. The areas of conflict in a community
  E. Community attitudes toward the police
III. Law Enforcement, Judiciary and Corrections
  A. Introduction
  B. Law enforcement problems
  C. Courts and judicial problems
  D. Corrections problems
IV. The Criminal Justice system and the Community
  A. Implementing human relations under law
  B. Conflicts between the community and the criminal justice system
  C. Peace officer training
  D. Critical community problems
  E. Society in transition
V. Minority Groups in the Community
  A. Introduction
  B. Discrimination, prejudice and bias
  C. Change and tension: Minorities' struggle for power
  D. Law enforcement contact with Asian/Pacific Americans, African
     Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans, Arab/Middle Eastern Americans,
     Native Americans.
  E. Economics: A different justice for rich and poor
  F. Minorities of the police culture
  G. Hostile attitudes versus police malpractice
  H. Other key minority groups and special populations
     1. Children and youth
     2. Seniors/elderly
     3. Mental illness/mentally handicapped
     4. Physically handicapped
     5. Gay/Lesbian/Transgender populations
     6. Special targeted minorities
VI. Community Power Structure
  A. Introduction
  B. The formal power structure
  C. The informal power structure
  D. Application of organizational discretion
VII. Sharing Power with the Institutions of Government
  A. Introduction
  B. Belief in personal freedom
  C. Resistance to government control
  D. Tolerance for deviant behavior
VIII. Human Relations Problems of Courts and Corrections
  A. Introduction
  B. Problems of the Correctional System
  C. Problems of the Courts
IX. Human Relations Problems and Police Processes
  A. Introduction
  B. Conflicts at the Federal level
  C. Conflicts at the State level
  D. Conflicts at the local level
X. An Analysis of Community Problems
  A. Introduction
  B. Value system formation
  C. Basic value formation and development
  D. Evaluating significant emotional events
XI. Community-Police Interaction
  A. Introduction
  B. The significance of role identification in police performance
  C. Stress as it affects the police role
  D. Stress from contact with police
  E. Police burnout
  F. Citizen's responsibilities for police-community relations
XII. The Importance of Professional Standards
  A. Introduction
  B. Professional image in criminal justice
  C. Non-verbal communication in community relations
  D. Improving human relations skills
  E. Human relations commissions
  F. Human relations guidelines
XIII. Crime Prevention/Community Relations Programs
  A. Introduction
  B. Program development
  C. Current program sampling
  D. Handling of citizen complaints
  E. Facilitating complaints and follow-up
  F. Specific programs and projects
  G. Anti-crime community interest groups
  H. Crime prevention programs and models
XIV. Community Justice
  A. Introduction
  B. Definition of community justice
  C. Policing
  D. Courts
  E. Corrections
XV. New Criminal Justice Issues
  A. Introduction
  B. Law enforcement needs
  C. Courts
  D. Prosecutors
  E. Public defenders
  F. Probation
  G. Parole  

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1. Read 20-30 pages weekly from textbook
2. Research paper
3. Problem-solving exercises and projects
4. Oral presentation in class
5. Report on guest speakers
6. 2-3 written examinations
7. 10-15 weekly quizzes which may include essay and problem-solving  

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
20 - 40%
Written homework, Term papers, Reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 30%
Homework problems, In class 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 - 60%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Short essay.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Class participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Pace, Denny, COMMUNITY RELATIONS CONCEPTS, Thomson Learning, current
Hunter, Ronald, Pamela Mayhall, Thomas Baker, POLICE-COMMUNITY RELATIONS
   THE 21ST CENTURY, Prentice Hall, current edition.
   Prentice Hall, current edition.  

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