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CJI 250 CURRENT ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

CJI 250 Current Issues in Criminal Justice

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  CJI 250 Current Issues in Criminal Justice

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites: Grade of “C” or better in CJI 101

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description:  This course examines the current critical issues in the criminal justice system.  It includes comparison and analysis of pending cases before the federal and state courts.  Students learn about previous decisions and other topics of a social nature that can impact on the administration of the criminal justice system.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. describe the functions of the various components of the criminal justice system (law enforcement, courts and corrections) and explain the interrelationship of these components with respect to the current topic of analysis;
  2. demonstrate basic knowledge of criminal law and the rights of individual citizens with respect to the current topic of analysis;
  3. describe the role of the criminal justice professional in the community and the organization and administration of the various entities in the criminal justice system with respect to the current topic of analysis;
  4. explain the social, political, economic, and cultural factors within society that influence the development of criminological theory, laws  and criminal justice practices and their application to criminal behaviors and sanctions with respect to the current topic of analysis;
  5. demonstrate critical thinking skills within the context of evaluating the complexity of criminal justice issues with respect to the current topic of analysis; and
  6. communicate effectively with accurate ‘criminal justice’ terminology in written and/or oral form.