Police Officer

JUS 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)

Course Description

A survey of the organization, administration, and function of the three primary components of the American criminal justice system:  law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.  The course examines the processes and implementation of justice in historical, legal, and contemporary context.  An emphasis is placed on both offenses and offenders at each stage of the process.

Learning Results

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Review the historical development of the various agencies that comprise the criminal justice system
• Explore the philosophical premises that underlie the American system of justice
• Articulate and assess the goals and functions of each separate component of the system
• Examine the ways in which the elements of the justice system interact with offenders, victims, and the community
• Evaluate the structure and inner workings of the system of justice in light of the Christian faith
• Understand the prison/jail culture from the perspective of an offender and analyze effective models of ministry to the incarcerated


Learning Documentation

This course consists of 8 written assignments, 4 exams, and 3 field reports.

Learning Evaluation

Each assignment is between 40 and 45 points each, except the field reports which are 125 apiece, and the exams are 75 each for a total of 1,000 points possible.

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