BCJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3 Semester Units
Introduction to Criminal Justice aims to provide students with a general understanding of the criminal justice system’s response to crime in society. It is important to note that the general theme of this course involves the delicate balance between community interests and individual rights that criminal justice decision-making requires. This theme will be explored by examining the criminal justice process in some detail, focusing on how the system is structured to respond to crime.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Explore the history of crime in America and corresponding changes in the American criminal justice system.
- Explain how multiculturalism and diversity present special challenges to, and opportunities for, the American system of criminal justice.
- Examine the development of criminological theory including the role of social research in that development.
- Describe the development of American courts including the concept of the dual-court system.
- Consider the history of punishments and its impact on the modern philosophy of corrections.