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2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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SO 202 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

This course explores the structure and function of the criminal justice system, including an analysis of the underlying values of the criminal process. This includes studying the roles of police, attorneys, and judges; operation of the bail system; Constitutional rights; the trial process; corrections and the juvenile justice system.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units
Interactivity: Discussion Forum
Final Assessment: Final Paper

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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