SRJC Course Outlines

4/23/2024 9:42:00 AMAJ 25 Course Outline as of Fall 2013

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 Scheduled05 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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This course examines the complex, dynamic relationships between communities and the justice system in addressing crime, victimization, conflict, and communication. There is an emphasis on diverse populations within the community and within the justice system.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course examines the complex, dynamic relationships between communities and the justice system in addressing crime, victimization, conflict, and communication. There is an emphasis on diverse populations within the community and within the justice system.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
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


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Describe the structures of the community and the justice system in the context of government-community relations.
2.  Identify and describe issues that pose potential barriers and conflicts in government-community relations.
3.  Identify and describe strategies that build trust and reduce conflicts in government-community relations.

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Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Describe the evolution of community relations in the context of government responsibility.
2. Explain the structure of criminal justice system identifying the policing, judicial, and correctional subsystems.
3. Explain the elements and barriers of effective communication.
4. Describe the role of effective communication in government-community relations.
5. Explain the aspects of social justice and its application in government-community relations.
6. Examine the structure of a community identifying key elements, conflicts, and attitudes.
7. Identify the effects of trauma in a community.
8. Analyze conflicts between the community and the criminal justice system.
9. Explain formal and informal power struggles within the community and between the community and the justice system.
10. Analyze aspects of marginalization and prejudice.
11. Describe population diversity in the context of minority members, subcultures, and special populations.
12. Analyze the interactions between minority community members, subcultures, special populations and the justice system.
13. Analyze interactions of minority community members working within the justice system.
14. Analyze ethical and value-based interactions between community members and justice system members.

Topics and Scope
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I. History of Community Relations
    A. Defining community relations
    B. Defining quality of life
    C. Government responsibility
    D. Structure of the criminal justice system
    E. Function of law in the community
    F. Structure and evaluation of community relations programs
         1. Program development
         2. Building trust
         3. Effective verbal and nonverbal communication
         4. Building community
    G. Aspects of social justice
II. Community Structure
    A. Elemental structure of a community
         1. Geographical limits
         2. Population diversity
    B. Conflict within the community
    C. Attitudes within the community
    D. Identifying tension within the community
    E. Expectations of government interactions
    F. Coping with trauma within a community
III. Criminal Justice System and Community Interactions
    A. Human relations and the law
    B. Conflicts between the community and the criminal justice system
    C. Recognizing critical community problems
     D. Sharing power
IV. Minority Groups and Special Populations
    A. Prejudice, bias, and discrimination
    B. Formal and informal power struggles
    C. Factors and aspects of marginalization
    D. Subcultures within the community
    E. Cultural and religious values within community groups
    F. Barriers to effective communication
    G. Special populations
         1. Children and youth
         2. Elderly
         3. Mental illness
         4. Cognitive limitations and barriers
         5. Physical limitations and barriers
         6. Lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/genderqueer populations
V. Justice System Practitioners
    A. Minorities working in the justice system
    B. Subcultures within the justice system
    C. Ethics and values
    D. Communication challenges

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1. Read 20-30 pages weekly
2. Written responses to case studies, reading, activities, and/or guest speakers
3. Participation in class discussions and activities
4. Research paper (about 8 to 10 pages)
5. Quizzes (2 - 15), midterm exam, and final exam

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
35 - 45%
Written responses and research paper
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
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
50 - 60%
Objective exams: quizzes, midterm, and final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 5%
Class participation in class discussions and activities

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Community Policing: Partnership for Problem Solving (6th). Miller, L., Hess, K., and Orthmann, C. Delmar Cengage Learning: 2010.
Multicultural Law Enforcement (5th). Shusta, R., Levine, D., Wong, H., Olson, A., and Harris, P. Prentice Hall: 2010.
In the Margins. Toth, R., Crews, G., Burton, C. Prentice Hall: 2007 (classic)
Coming Out From Behind the Badge: Stories of Success and Advice From Police Officers "Out" On the Job. Miraglia, G. AuthorHouse: 2007 (classic)
Case Studies in Criminal Justice Ethics (2nd). Braswell, M., Miller, L., and Pollock, Joycelyn. Waveland Press Inc: 2011
Instructor prepared materials

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