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SUMMARY

Below are the four courses required for the Criminal Justice Certificate.

Courses (12 units)

This course introduces students to theories and models of the United States criminal justice system, including historical development, present status, and suggested reforms.  The course will cover detailed descriptions of the duties and functions of actors in the criminal justice system, including: victim, offender, law enforcement, prosecuting and defense attorneys, courts and corrections. The course introduces the core elements of the criminal justice system, including modern law enforcement techniques and culture.  Course content deals with real criminal cases, candid discussions of crime, a real-world application to the criminal justice system, videos, and review of real criminal events.  Goals of the course are enhanced understanding of the criminal justice system, trends of modern law enforcement, societal impact of the criminal justice system and ability to recognize the role of criminal justice in American society.

This course provides an overview of the nature and causes of crime and criminal behavior. The course reviews the characteristics of the offender and categories of crime ranging from white collar crime to violent crimes. The course also introduces foundational elements of the criminal justice system, including theories of sentencing and measurements of crime as well as the procedures and actors.

The broad objectives of this course are to (1) provide students with a basic understanding of the role(s) that police play in American society; (2) expose students to the often conflicting issues that police officers confront; (3) familiarize students with empirical research on police behavior and evaluation research on the impact of different police tactics; and (4) teach students how to assess the quality of research.

Introduces the student to the field of corrections and its role in the criminal justice process. Major topics include: organization of correctional systems; correctional role; institutional operations; alternatives to institutionalization; treatment and rehabilitation, and current and future issues.

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