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1 AJS 101 INTRODUCTION TO ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE Presented and Approved: December 7, 2012 Effective: Fall

2 Prefix & Number AJS 101 Course Title: Introduction to Administration of Justice Purpose of this submission: New Change/Updated Retire If this is a change, what is being changed? Update Prefix Course Description (Check all that apply) Title Course Number Format Change Credits Prerequisite Competencies Textbook/Reviewed Competencies-no changes needed Does this course require additional fees? No Yes If so, please explain. Is there a similar course in the course bank? No Yes (Please identify) Articulation: Is this course or an equivalent offered at other two and four-year universities in Arizona? No Yes (Identify the college, subject, prefix, number and title: ASU - CRJ 100, Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) NAU -CCJ 101 also satisfies: Social and Political Worlds [SPW] UA - SOC and-- PA 241 Is this course identified as a Writing Across the Curriculum course? No Yes Course Assessments Description of Possible Course Assessments (Essays, multiple choice, etc.) Exams standardized for this course? Midterm Final Other (Please specify): Where can faculty members locate or access the required standardized exams for this course? Class Participation (20% minimum) Quizzes (Essay/Multiple Choice, 20-40%) Research Project(s) (30-60%) Are exams required by the department? No Yes If Yes, please specify: N/A Student Outcomes: Identify the general education goals for student learning that is a component of this course. Check all that apply: 1. Communicate effectively. a. Read and comprehend at a college level. b. Write effectively in a college setting. Method of Assessment Each week assigned Weekly Reviews must be completed and materials read with the ability to understand and discuss the information in class. Additionally, students will research and prepare written report(s) regarding a related topic(s) approved by the instructor.

3 2. Demonstrate effective quantitative reasoning and problem solving skills. Students will be examining various components that make up the criminal justice system and will utilize quantitative reasoning and problem solving while probing the associated information. 3. Demonstrate effective qualitative reasoning skills. Each week students will build on prior week s lessons. Students must demonstrate comprehension material and its importance to society and the overall criminal justice system. This will be accomplished by the student s class participation and reflected in their written assignments. 4. Apply effective methods of inquiry. a. Generate research paper by gathering information from varied sources, analyzing data and organizing information into a coherent structure. b. Employ the scientific method. 5. Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity a. Experience the creative products of humanity. b. Describe alternate historical, cultural, global perspectives. Students will research and prepare written reports regarding a topic related to the criminal justice system assigned or approved by the instructor. The scientific method will be utilized in deciphering the data of the material. The course details how each branch of the criminal justice system includes elements of cultural and social standards essential to the successful performance of every career within the criminal justice profession. Office of Instruction Use only: CIP Code: ONET Code: Minimum Qualifications:

4 COURSE INFORMATION Initiator: Bill Burrows Date of proposal to Curriculum Sub-Committee: December 2012 Effective Semester/Year Fall 2013 Spring Summer Prefix & Number: AJS 101 Full Title: (100 character limit) Introduction to Administration of Justice Short Title: (30 character limit) Intro to Administration of Justice Catalog Course Description: This course lays a foundation for the study of the criminal justice system by analyzing and describing the local, state and federal agencies of justice system and the procedures they use to identify, process, and treat criminal offenders. SUN Course Number: N/A Credit Hours: 3 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 0 Prerequisite(s) None Co-requisite(s) None Intended Course Goals By the end of the semester, students will be able to: 1. Explain the structure of the American criminal justice system in terms of its major components and the functions they serve. 2. Recite the history, development and the functions of police in modern society. 3. Outline the court process from pre-trial indictment to the sentencing of criminal offenders. 4. Discuss the correctional system, including prison life, parole/probation, and intermediate sanctions such as split sentencing, community service, intensive supervision and house arrest/electronic monitoring. 5. Describe the juvenile justice system including identifying the differences between the juvenile and adult justice process.

5 Course Competencies and Objectives By the end of the semester, students will be able to: Competency 1 Discuss the history of crime in America and the development of the criminal justice Objective 1.1 Be able to define the concept of criminal justice Objective 1.2 Discuss the formation of the criminal justice system Objective 1.3 Know what is meant by the term criminal justice assembly line. Objective 1.4 Discuss the multi-tiered model of justice. Objective 1.5 Describe the various perspectives on justice Competency 2 Analyze the nature and extent of crime in the U.S. Objective 2.1 Discuss how crime is defined and the methods used to measure crime Objective 2.2 Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of crime measures Objective 2.3 Critique the factors that influence crime rates Objective 2.4 Explain the concept of the criminal career Objective 2.5 Discuss the characteristics of crime victims Competency 3 Describe the substance and procedures of criminal law Objective 3.1 Explain the similarities and differences between criminal law and civil law Objective 3.2 Cite the elements of a crime Objective 3.3 Define the term strict liability Objective 3.4 Describe the role of the Bill of Rights in shaping criminal procedure Objective 3.5 List the elements of due process of law Competency 4 Evaluate the history, role and organizational issues of police agencies Objective 4.1 Analyze the problems of early police agencies Objective 4.2 Describe the major changes in law enforcement between 1970 and today Objective 4.3 Describe how technology is changing police work Competency 5 Describe the organization of police departments and their various operating branches: patrol, investigation, service and administration Objective 5.1 Articulate the complexities of the police role Objective 5.2 Discuss the methods used to improve patrol Objective 5.3 Explain what forensic experts can do for police agencies Objective 5.4 Summarize police support functions Competency 6 Generalize the internal and external issues that the police profession must address. Objective 6.1 Discuss some of the issues minority and female officers face Objective 6.2 Identify distinct policing styles Objective 6.3 Cite the four major problems of policing Objective 6.4 Discuss the use of force and the factors related to police shootings Objective 6.5 Define less-lethal weapons and provide examples Competency 7 Explain the structure and function of the court system Objective 7.1 Outline the varying structures of state and federal court systems Objective 7.2 Describe the selection and duties of the trial judge Objective 7.3 Discuss the role and duties of prosecutors Objective 7.4 Explain the role of the defense attorney in the justice process Competency 8 Outline the pre-trial and trial processes Objective 8.1 Describe the bail process Objective 8.2 Differentiate between the grand jury indictment and the prosecutor s information Objective 8.3 Discuss the pros and cons of plea bargaining Objective 8.4 Define pretrial diversion Objective 8.5 Discuss the legal rights of the accused at trial Competency 9 Outline the historical development of punishment. Objective 9.1 List the major goals of contemporary sentencing Objective 9.2 Distinguish among general and specific deterrence, incapacitation and retribution Objective 9.3 Compare rehabilitation with just deserts Objective 9.4 Identify the various types of sentencing structures Competency 10 Discuss the concept of community sentences

6 Objective 10.1 Summarize the history of community sentences Objective 10.2 Generalize the rules of probation Objective 10.3 Define restorative justice and discuss its merits Competency 11 Explain the history and nature of correctional institutions Objective 11.1 Identify the various components of the correctional institution system Objective 11.2 Compare and contrast various prison models Objective 11.3 List the purposes of jails and generalize the makeup of jail populations Objective 11.4 Discuss prison population trends Competency 12 Discuss the problems of the adult correctional system Objective 12.1 Define total institution Objective 12.2 Chart the prisonization process Objective 12.3 Discuss the development of the inmate social code Objective 12.4 Compare the lives and cultures of male and female inmates Objective 12.5 Cite the causes of prison violence Objective 12.6 Describe the parole process and the problems of prisoner reentry. Competency 13 Discuss the history of juvenile justice and the processing of youthful offenders Objective 13.1 Discuss the child savers and their vision of juvenile justice Objective 13.2 Describe the changes in juvenile justice that began in the 1960 s Objective 13.3 Discuss police processing of juvenile offenders Objective 13.4 Trace the juvenile trial and sentencing process Course Textbook, Materials and Equipment Textbook(s) Current edition Title Author(s) Publisher Title Author(s) Publisher Criminal Justice, A Brief Introduction, Current Edition Schmalleger, Frank Prentice Hall / Pearson Software/ Equipment

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