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2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog
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CRJ 100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

Last Date of Approval: Spring 2019

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course is designed for students majoring in criminal justice, exploring the field of criminal justice, or transferring to a regent university. Emphasis is on the relationships among law enforcement, adult and juvenile corrections, the court system, and private security. This course will help students refine their critical thinking skills as they evaluate various topics and concepts while searching for underlying connections between the concepts, which is a skill that should be beneficial in criminal justice careers.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face and/or online

Credit for Prior Learning: This course offers an opportunity for students to earn Credit for Prior Learning for skills that they have brought with them to Iowa Central. For more information, please ask the instructor and see the Iowa Central Community College catalog.

Course Fees: Face-to-Face: None; Online: 8-week online students will have a per credit hour e-book fee automatically charged to their account.

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
  • Identify, define, and use terms and phrases commonly used in the criminal justice system.
  • Identify the major components of the criminal justice system and explain the functioning, role and interdependence of each.
  • Understand the operation of criminal justice systems from historical and contemporary perspectives.
  • Identify and explain constitutional and legal issues that are the foundation of the criminal justice system.
  • Identify several career options in criminal justice.

Course Objectives:

  • Discuss how the criminal justice system operates and is shaped by the context of the larger society: - structure and function of the criminal justice system - political, economic and social context.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the criminal justice agencies: - police, courts, corrections.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key Constitutional and legal issues affecting the criminal justice system: - history - terms and phrases commonly used in the criminal justice system
  • Describe the roles of the main decision-makers in the criminal justice system and how they are influenced by social and historical and contemporary forces: - police, courts, corrections.
  • Describe the problems and challenges routinely facing the criminal justice system and discuss their possible solutions: - historical and contemporary
  • Identify career options in criminal justice: - police, courts, corrections, other (private security, law).
  • Discuss perspectives on the effectiveness of our criminal justice system: - police, courts, corrections.


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