There are no prerequisites for this course.
There are no corequisites for this course.
||An introductory course designed to familiarize students with the
criminal justice system. Emphasis is placed on understanding the
nature, functions and limits of law. Special attention will be given
to the criminal justice process from arrest to final disposition. The
course will prepare the student for succeeding courses in the
criminal justice program. Course is highly recommended for non-majors.
- Gaines. CJ3, 3 ed., Cengage, 2015. ISBN: 9781285460482
- Ferree. Write & Wrong, ed., Jones, 2013. ISBN: 9781449626815
- Ferree. Write & Wrong: Writing Withing Criminal Justice, A Student Workbook, ed., Jones, 2012. ISBN: 9781449698393
|Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes:
I. Critical Thinking: Students will develop the ability to evaluate
the validity of their own and other's ideas through questioning
and analyzing, and the skill to synthesize the results into the
A. collect, organize, classify, correlate, analyze, and present
materials and data from a variety of academic disciplines and
sources, distinguishing between facts and opinions, judgments
and inferences, and the objective and subjective.
C. Consciously raise questions, suspending judgments and
remaining open to new information, methods, cultural systems,
values and beliefs.
VI. Social Skills: Students will develop and use skills and
attitudes that integrate individuals into society.
B. Develop insight into his/her own and others' behaviors and
mental processes accepting responsibility for his/her own
D. Embody honesty, respectability and integrity.
Major learning Outcomes:
1. To evaluate the root causes of crime and to be able to develop
criteria for what is and is not criminal behavior.
2. To identify the different participants in the criminal justice
system and define their roles with regard to its operation.
3. To articulate future goals for possible changes in the field of
criminal justice that will enhance the effectiveness of the
criminal justice system and reduce the instances of crime.
|Course Learning Outcomes:
Specific Performance Objectives: The student will be able to:
1. Be able to analyze the different causal relationships which are
related to crime.
2. Demonstrate a comprehension of the immense toll that crime has on
3. Awareness of the commonly held beliefs and factors regarding
criminal justice and the legal system.
4. Identify the different officials and groups within the public
arena and the criminal justice field and their contributions to
the criminal justice system.
5. Understand the public's perception of crime and criminal justice
and how this impacts the system.
|Methods of Evaluation:
||Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the
instructor, within the polices of the college and the department.
Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed
by the instructor for each section being taught.
|| It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
|Student Email Accounts
||Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
|| For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.