May 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Lane Community College Catalog 
2021-2022 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CJA 100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

4 Credit(s)

An introductory overview of the U.S. criminal justice system through an examination of its historical origins and development, structure, processes, and functions. Examines law enforcement, the courts, and corrections as distinct but complimentary components of the system and places the system within the larger context of legal and social philosophy. Topics include an introduction to the concepts and primary theories of criminology, the U.S. Constitution, substantive and procedural criminal law, justice administration, juvenile justice, ethics, and issues of gender and cultural diversity. Explores educational and career opportunities.

Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
1. Describe the organizational structure and general processes of the United States criminal justice system
2. Summarize the philosophical and legal principles that underpin, guide, and circumscribe the administration of justice in the United States
3. Interpret the development of criminal law and criminal justice institutions in the historical context of gender, ethnic, and race relations in the United States
4. Critically evaluate the goals and functional roles of law enforcement, the courts, and corrections as they apply to society and society's official response to crime
5. Explain the requirements for entrance into the most common criminal justice careers
6. Appropriately apply relevant informational resources to the study and practice of criminal justice

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