AJ001 Online
Introduction to the Administration of Justice
Course Syllabus

 


Instructor

: Jim Smith

 

Email

: jim_smith@westvalley.edu

Website

:http://instruct.westvalley.edu/smith

Required Text

: Criminal Justice in Action: The Core, 8th edition by Gaines-Miller

   

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The history and philosophy of administration of justice in America; recapitulation of the system; identifying the various subsystems, role expectations, and their interrelationships; theories of crime punishment, and rehabilitation' ethics, education and training for professionalism in the system.


COURSE GOALS:

  • To provide a knowledge of the various agencies encompassing the administration of justice system and the inter-relationships between them.
  • To develop the ability of the student to recognize the administration of justice agency best suited to his or her talents and aspirations.
  • To develop an appreciation of the complexity of the criminal justice system and the many sub-systems that supports its overall effectiveness.


GENERAL PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES:

  • The student completing this course of instruction will be able to demonstrate his knowledge of the evolution of the administration of justice system, it's objectives, role expectations, and trends through class participation and written examinations.
  • Completion of this course of instruction will develop an awareness of the crime problem. The student will demonstrate his knowledge of causal theories, criminal behavior, and the implications of crime statistics thorough written examination.
  • Instruction shall provide the student with an overview of the organization and operation of administration of justice agencies. The student may be required to demonstrate his knowledge of the various agency organizational structures through oral presentation or written examination.
  • The student completing this course of instruction will develop an appreciation of education, training, and professionalism in the administration of justice system. Competency in this area may be demonstrated thorough class participation and individual research projects.


EVALUATION METHODOLOGY:

 

 

1. Written Examinations

Point Value

 

 

A. Syllabus Quiz

20

 

 

B. Autobiography Posting (including two replies to other postings)

25

 

 

C. Fourteen Chapter Quizzes(Handouts/PowerPoint/Text)

 

     

 

Chapter 1 Criminal Justice Today

20

 

Chapter 2 Measuring and Explaining Crime

20

 

Chapter 3 Inside Criminal Law

20

 

Chapter 4 Law Enforcement Today

20

 

Chapter 5 Challenges to Effective Policing

20

 

Chapter 6 Police and the Constitution: The Rules of Law Enforcement

20

 

Chapter 7 Courts and the Quest for Justice

20

 

Chapter 8 Pretrial Procedures and the Criminal Trial

20

 

Chapter 9 Punishment and Sentencing

20

 

Chapter 10 Probation and Community Corrections

20

 

Chapter 11 Prisons and Jails

20

 

Chapter 12    Behind Bars: The Life of an Inmate

20

 

Chapter 13 The Juvenile Justice System

20

 

Chapter 14 Homeland Security and Cyber Crime

20

     

 

D. Final Examination (Comprehensive)

100

 

All final questions will be taken from the chapter quiz questions. 

 

     

 

2. Homework

 

A. 3 Chapter Assignments @ 50 Points Each

150

 

B. 11 Chapter Assignments @ 25 Points Each

275

 

 

Total Points Possible (Excluding Extra Credit)

850

3. Grading Evaluation (Final Grade)

 

765 - 850 = A

680 - 764 = B

595 - 679 = C

 

510 - 594 = D

000 - 509 = F

 

 

 

 

Items of Interest

 

 

 

         

 

  • Absolutely no homework or assignments will be accepted during the week of the final exam (summer or condensed classes excepted). This may not be the same week as the classroom schedule, it is the week when the final is posted for this online class.

  • The last week of this course usually ends earlier than the regular classroom schedule.  This allows time to trouble shoot any possible technical problems that may occur prior to the submission of final grades. You must complete and submit the final exam before the deadline.  I can't stress enough that you must follow the class calendar of due dates.  Past students that didn't read the syllabus, this notice, or just forgot, were very disappointed when they learned they missed the final and had to settle for a lower grade than they could have earned. There is a link to the class calendar under the class content tab of the homepage.

  • The college policy on plagiarism and classroom dishonesty is strictly enforced in this class.  If you submit work that is not your own, you will be dropped from the class.

  • There will be no extra credit. Please do not inquire. All students will be assessed equally based upon the established course requirements.