Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

  • Module Title: Criminal Justice
  • Module Prefix/Number: SOC 346
  • Credit Hours: Three (3)
  • Description: This course will expose students to a wide spectrum of theories and data on criminal justice, provocative real-world examples and the latest developments from the field, including the intricate workings of the police, courts, and correctional systems; the concepts and processes of justice, and key policy issues.
  • Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate a basic understanding of crime, law and justice, and an understanding of issues relating to criminal justice and the criminal justice system
    • Synthesize information on all facets or dimensions of criminal justice.
    • Analyze and reflect on issues regarding criminal justice
  • Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  • Course Outline
    Topic
    • Crime and Criminal Justice
    • Nature and Extent of Crime
    • Understanding Crime and Victimization
    • Criminal Law
    • Public Policing and Public Security
    • Police Organizational Role and Function
    • Issues in Policing
    • Police and the Rule of Law
    • Court Structure and Personnel
    • Pretrial and Trial Procedures
    • Punishment and Sentencing
    • Community Sentences, Probation etc
    • Corrections, History, Institutions and Populations
    • Prisons Life
    • Juvenile Justice
    • Crime and Justice in the New Millenium
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