Oct 23, 2019  
2019 - 2020 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
    
2019 - 2020 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog
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SO 202 - Introduction to Criminal Justice


This course will focus on the various components of the American criminal justice system. It provides students with an in-depth look at the function of each component, the challenges facing the system, and the professionals who work in the system. Furthermore, the course seeks to provide students with a sociological, historical, political, and legal context in which to discuss the key issues facing the system in the 21st century and beyond. Also, students are provided with an in-depth look at the criminal justice profession along with a critical discussion on ethics in the field.  

Assignment Overview
Assignments: Varied throughout the term
Interactivity: Discussion Boards
Final Assessment: Interview of a Criminal Justice Professional

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe the functions of each component of the criminal justice system.
  • Discuss the key issues or challenges facing the criminal justice system in the 21st century.
  • Evaluate the various ethical challenges within the criminal justice system.
  • Identify and describe the various responsibilities of the various officials within the system.
  • Examine the public’s attitude towards the offender and the impact this has on the laws and policy within the system and legal practices.


Credits: 3



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