Topics: Criminal law, Criminal justice, Crime Pages: 15 (2899 words) Published: June 9, 2013
CJAD 101

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Summer 2013 Session 12/55

Monday, June 3 – Saturday, July 27, 2013

Course Description

History and development of major components of the CJ system: police, criminal courts, prosecution, defense, institutional and community-based corrections. Prerequisite: None
Proctored Exams: None

Instructor Information

Virginia Jeronimus, Doctorate, Criminology, University of California Berkeley


Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century, 12th edition by Frank Schmalleger, Pearson Publishing, 2013: ISBN 13: 978-0-13-273981-8 MBS Direct offers a customized version of the text. To order use ISBN 13: 978-1-256-84882-0.

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from Missouri Book Services Direct. You can order

• online at (be sure to select Online Education rather than your home campus before selecting your class) • by phone at 800-325-3252
For additional information about the bookstore, visit Please note that the use of an eBook carries certain risks: information may be missing due to copyright restrictions, the book cannot be resold to MBS Direct , and an eBook purchase cannot be refunded.

Course Overview

Welcome to Introduction to Criminal Justice (CJAD 101), online! Material in this course is presented from a legal criminological, historical and social systems perspective so that the student will develop an understanding of the derivation and mechanical operation of each phase of a criminal case, the personnel involved, and the justice process from investigation to arrest, through court motions and procedures, to trial, appeal and on to punishment or other alternatives to sentencing. The student should, upon course completion, be able to explain how our criminal justice system evolved, how it presently operates, current problems and concerns as well as how it might be improved. Each week we focus on different chapters, writing situations, issues, or problems encountered in the justice system through Discussions, Quizzes, and Dropbox Writing Assignments. We will examine criminal justice issues, procedures, and court decisions that have molded and changed our criminal justice system. These are reinforced and expanded in our readings in our text.

Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College: • A computer with reliable Internet access,
• a web browser,
• Acrobat Reader,
• Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office. You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

Course Objectives

The specific objectives for the course are:
• To enhance knowledge and understanding of the American system of criminal justice from a systemic approach. • To understand the various components of the criminal justice system and how they relate and interact with one another. • To understand the law and how it interfaces with crime, criminal justice professionals and public expectations. • To prepare for entry-level careers in the criminal justice system.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
• Describe the history, evolution and present structure of the criminal justice system. • Explain the distinction between criminal justice and criminology. • Understand the three components of the criminal justice system. • Demonstrate a practical and working knowledge of the steps in the criminal justice process. • Describe the dichotomy between protecting individual rights or citizens and protection of the public...

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