Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

CRJ 102: Introduction to Criminal Justice II

General Information

  • Name: Introduction to Criminal Justice II
  • Discipline: Criminal Justice (CRJ)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Career and Technical Education
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Surveys the adjudicatory process, adult and juvenile corrections functions within the criminal justice system.

II: Course Objectives

  • Identify the court system, both state and federal
  • Assess pretrial activities
  • Analyze the Grand Jury System
  • Define courtroom "actors" and their functions
  • Describe the different types of witnesses
  • Analyze the theories of sentencing
  • Assess victim impact statements and their relevance to sentencing
  • Separate probation and parole
  • Identify the types of punishments, both historically and modern day
  • Distinguish differences between jails and prisons
  • Analyze the main court decisions concerning juveniles
  • Assess today's juvenile process

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

The General Education Mission is to provide students with a core foundation of critical life skills with which to improve their lives. This course addresses the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Mission by ensuring that successful students:

  • Are able to demonstrate college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can engage in meaningful self assessments and work effectively with others.
  • Utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Have knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
  • Develop and improve their creative abilities.
  • Appreciate the value and importance of diversity, ethics, and public service.


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