ADJ 100 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                           Date:    February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:  Administration of Justice   


Course Number and Title:                       ADJ 100, Survey of Criminal Justice


Credit Hours: 3        Hours/Wk Lecture:   3     Hours/Wk Lab:           Lec/Lab Comb:      



      I.    Catalog Description:   Presents an overview of the United States criminal justice system; introduces the major system components—law enforcement, judiciary, and corrections.  Lecture 3 hours per week.


    II.    Relationship of the Course to Curricula Objectives in which course is taught:


This course is a first semester course and is a required course in order to fulfill all requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree in Administration of Justice.  ADJ 100 does not require any special experience, prerequisites or corequisites.


   III.    Required Background:   ENG 111 eligibility


  IV.    Course Content:  


A.               The Field of Criminal Justice

B.               Crime and Its Causes

C.               Police

D.               The Court System

E.               Corrections

F.                Juvenile Justice

G.               Drugs and Crime

H.               Multinational Criminal Justice

I.                  The Future of Criminal Justice


   V.    Learner Outcomes


The student will:

  VI.    Evaluation


A.               Be able to define the nature and types of criminal acts

B.               Be able to explain philosophies of  criminal law and criminology

C.               Understand different theories of the causes of crime

D.               Understand the major subsystems in criminal justice and their interrelationships including law enforcement, the courts and corrections

E.               Develop appreciation for the many unique and complex problems—scarce resources for example—faced by administration of justice practitioners

F.                Understand additional key topics including crime control, ethics and professional training needs.

Students will be evaluated by quizzes, tests, examinations, papers on special projects as determined by faculty.


All students must complete systematic writing assignments beyond tests as defined by faculty. 


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.




VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding