Introduction to Criminal Justice

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This course examines the past, present, and future of the American criminal justice system. Topics discussed include how laws are created: the history and types of law enforcement; structure of the court system; and the changing philosophies of the American correctional system. Students also examine the role of legal precedent, the death penalty, prison life, and the juvenile justice system.

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  • 10/7/14 by firnatine34
    This course is built for nearly any learning style, allowing you to get the information you need from your book, the presentations, and additional resources.
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  • 10/7/14 by firnatine34
    This course is built for nearly any learning style, allowing you to get the information you need from your book, the presentations, and additional resources.
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  • 9/15/14 by e.chelsea
    A thorough overview of the Criminal Justice system: from the history up to today. I would actually recommend anybody studying any field to take this course just to have a good understanding of how the system works being that it is something that may or does affect our daily life.
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  • 9/15/14 by e.chelsea
    A thorough overview of the Criminal Justice system: from the history up to today. I would actually recommend anybody studying any field to take this course just to have a good understanding of how the system works being that it is something that may or does affect our daily life.
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  • 8/20/14 by angelc1995
    This course was really easy to navigate and learn. I enjoyed it.
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  • 8/20/14 by sporty0895
    Needed more time on quizes
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  • 8/20/14 by angelc1995
    This course was really easy to navigate and learn. I enjoyed it.
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    Needed more time on quizes
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  • 8/7/14 by jade.r
    This was a great course to take. I learned a lot about the criminal justice system that I had to idea about. I would recommend this course to anyone.
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  • 8/7/14 by jade.r
    This was a great course to take. I learned a lot about the criminal justice system that I had to idea about. I would recommend this course to anyone.
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  • 8/6/14 by champaignehikeem
    STUDY!!!
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  • 8/6/14 by champaignehikeem
    STUDY!!!
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  • 7/30/14 by brayden.g
    This is a very good, thorough and easy way to get credits.
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  • 7/30/14 by brayden.g
    This is a very good, thorough and easy way to get credits.
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  • 7/16/14 by brakeemj
    the homework barely related to test...
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  • 7/16/14 by brakeemj
    the homework barely related to test...
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  • 9/1/13 by jamesjeremyb82
    Did not care for the final exam. It is impossible to make a good grade with such limited time.
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  • 8/19/13 by rasheemk
    it was pretty good interns of the videos helping with the test taking part and its easy to understand and follow
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  • 8/6/13 by v.manuma2
    vocabularys
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  • 5/30/13 by sotaro1_99
    This course was very easy for me. I guess it is because I know my rights or the law. If you think you know a lot of the criminal justice systems you will like this course.
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  • 5/4/13 by b_fracion
    This course was very helpful but please remember to BUY THE BOOK!!!
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    I really enjoyed this course, it was easy to complete
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  • 9/3/12 by allison984
    I liked that I could finish it as quickly as I wanted and the text book was easy to follow.
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    I liked the independence of working at your own pace.
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  • 5/3/12 by allison984
    I liked that I could finish it as quickly as I wanted and the text book was easy to follow.
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    I liked the videos and the presentation of the material along with the little tests during the presentation to check my understanding.
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  • 1/25/12 by amy.derby
    The homework assignments were very helpful, because they helped prepare for the quizzes.
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  • 12/29/11 by ireneabrown
    The videos within the course were interesting
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    The way that the course was divide up makes it easy to understand
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    I liked the independence of working at your own pace.
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  • 11/26/10 by amy.derby
    The homework assignments were very helpful, because they helped prepare for the quizzes.
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  • 9/23/10 by ireneabrown
    The videos within the course were interesting
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    The way that the course was divide up makes it easy to understand
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Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the main components of the criminal justice network.
  • Compare and contrast the crime control model and the due process model.
  • Differentiate between crimes against a person versus crimes against property, felonies, and misdemeanors.
  • Interpret crime statistics (UCR, NCVS, self-report crime surveys).
  • Define civil law.
  • Define and differentiate the two types of criminal law: substantive and procedural law.
  • Define and differentiate statutory and case law.
  • Illustrate the effects precedent has on current and future criminal cases.
  • Summarize the functions of the police, including types of training and community involvement.
  • Describe the U.S. court structure, including determination of jurisdiction.
  • Illustrate the movement of court cases by jurisdiction and the dual court system.
  • Recall the types of court personnel and their related functions.
  • Recall the process of sentencing and appeals.
  • Review early U.S. corrections procedures and facilities; evaluate correction reform.
  • Compare and contrast the various objectives of corrections.
  • Illustrate the levels of correctional facilities and their respective inhabitants.
  • Define and analyze the impact of recidivism.
  • Examine the benefits and/or problems associated with probation.
  • Describe the process of parole and reintegrating an inmate into society.
  • Describe the functions and structure of county, state, and federal law enforcement.
  • Assess the scope and effectiveness of homeland security in America.
Topic Lesson Topic Subtopics Objectives
1 Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Crime, Justice, and Social Control
  • The Criminal Justice Network
  • Two Models of Criminal Justice
  • Identify the main components of the criminal justice network.
  • Compare and contrast the crime control model and the due process model.
  • Describe the ideal system and relate it to the actual system.
  • 2 The Nature of Crime
  • Types of Crime
  • Measuring Crime
  • Victims of Crime
  • Recall the main types of crimes against a person.
  • Recall the main types of crimes against property.
  • Differentiate between felony and misdemeanor crimes.
  • Identify victims of crime and define victimless crime.
  • Interpret crime statistics (UCR, NCVS, self-report crime surveys).

  • 3 Criminological Theories
    • Classical and Neoclassical Crime Theories
    • Positivist Crime Theories
    • Critical Crime Theories
    • Define classical and neoclassical crime theories and describe the perceived causes of crime and the policy implications.
    • Define positivist theories and describe the perceived causes and policy implications.
    • Define critical crime theories and describe the perceived causes and policy implications.
    4 Law: A Social Contract
    • Types of Law
    • Precedent
  • Define civil law.
  • Define and differentiate the two types of criminal law: substantive and procedural law.
  • Define and differentiate statutory and case law.
  • Illustrate the effects precedent has on current and future criminal cases.
  • 5 History of American Law Enforcement
  • English Background
  • Development of American Law Enforcement
  • Structure of American Law Enforcement
  • Three Divisions of Law Enforcement
  • Homeland Security
  • Recall the continental origins of the American criminal justice system.
  • Illustrate the history of law enforcement in America.
  • Illustrate the current structure of American law enforcement including department organization.
  • Describe the functions and position of county, state, and federal law enforcement.
  • Assess the scope and effectiveness of homeland security in America
  • 6 Working the Front Lines: The Police
  • Operational Styles
  • Police Functions
  • Community Policing

    • Describe the different types of police operational styles.
    • Summarize the functions of the police, including specific types of investigations.
    • Describe the types of police community involvement and their purposes.
    7 Issues and Ethics
  • Politics in Criminal Justice
  • Discretion in Criminal Justice
  • Impact of Public Opinion
  • Recruitment and Training


  • Describe the politics affecting policing.
  • Outline and analyze the proper and improper uses of law enforcement authority.
  • Describe an officer's use of discretion in any given situation.
  • Outline and analyze public opinion of the criminal justice system and the police.
  • Describe police training.
  • 8 The Courts
  • Court Structure
  • Court Personne
  • Describe the U.S. court structure.
  • Illustrate the movement of court cases by jurisdiction and the dual court system.
  • Interpret the determination of jurisdiction.
  • Recall the types of court personnel and their related functions.
  • 9 Pretrial
  • Pretrial Motions and Hearings
  • Bail
  • Arraignment
  • Plea Bargaining
  • Describe the types of pretrial motions and hearings.
  • Compare and contrast the consequences of bail for the public, accused, and victim.
  • Summarize the purpose and effects of arraignment.
  • Assess the merit of plea bargaining and its effects on a trial.
  • 10 Criminal Trial
    • Trial Process
    • Sentencing
    • Appeals
    • Victims and Witnesses
  • Summarize the steps of a trial process.
  • Recall the process of sentencing.
  • Assess the merit of appeals and their overall function.
  • Define the role that victims and witnesses play in the trial setting.
  • 11 The Death Penalty
  • Historical Context in the United States
  • Guidelines for Death Penalty Sentencing

  • Explain the history of the death penalty and its present day effects.
  • List the factors for applying the death penalty and the reforms that have occurred.
  • 12 Corrections
  • Historical Overview
  • Reform
  • Corrections Objectives
  • Review early U.S. corrections procedures and facilities.
  • Evaluate reform in corrections.
  • Compare and contrast the various objectives of corrections.
  • 13 Prison Life and Associated Problems
  • Incarceration Facilities
  • Rehabilitation
  • Illustrate the levels of correctional facilities and their respective inhabitants.
  • Classify the aspects of prison society.
  • List the problems associated with incarceration facilities and their inmates.
  • List types of rehabilitation programs.
  • Define and analyze the impact of recidivism.
  • 14 Correction Alternatives
  • Parole
  • Probation
  • Intermediate Sanctions
  • Community Correctional Programs
  • Reintegration
  • Recall the types of community correctional programs.
  • Examine the benefits and/or problems associated with probation.
  • Describe the process of parole.
  • Identify types of intermediate sanctions.
  • Outline the process to reintegrate an inmate into society.
  • 15 Juvenile Justice
    • Historical Overview
    • Juvenile Justice
    • Process
    • Dilemmas
    • Recall the history of juvenile justice.
    • Diagram the formal process of juvenile justice.
    • Compare and contrast the proper age and actual age of responsibility.
    • Evaluate the shortcomings of juvenile justice.
    16 The Future of Criminal Justice
    • Predictions
    • New Uses of Technologies
    • Terrorism and International Crime

    • Describe possible uses of technology in law enforcement, administration, and corrections.
    • Identify predictions of possible changes throughout the system.
    • Evaluate current efforts to control terrorism and international crimes.
    17 Course Review
    • Review
    • Review of the course topics

    There are no prerequisites to take Introduction to Criminal Justice.

    Required Textbook: This course has assigned reading.

    Title: Introduction to Criminal Justice eTextbook

    ISBN: 9780077800338

    Our Price: $51.87

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    This accessible yet comprehensive introduction to criminal justice in the United States has been dramatically updated and revised to include coverage of criminal justice's new, expanded role in the "war on terrorism" as well as to incorporate other recent developments, cases, and research in the field. Bohm and Haley have more than 50 years of combined experience teaching the introductory course and working in the criminal justice system--Bohm as a correctional officer and Haley as a police officer--and both continue to teach the course semester after semester at their respective universities.

    Bohm, Robert M. and Keith N. Haley. Introduction to Criminal Justice. 4th edition. New York, NY, McGraw-Hill, 2006. ISBN: 9780072961164

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    9 Graded Midterm Exam
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    11 Topic 11 Quiz 50
    12 Topic 12 Quiz 50
    13 Topic 13 Quiz 50
    14 Topic 14 Quiz 50
    15 Topic 15 Quiz 50
    16 Topic 16 Quiz 50
    17 Graded Final Exam
    200
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