Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

 Title Abbreviation:   CONTEMP ISSUES IN CR JUS

 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    224

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    430103

 EPC:    832

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Discuss current trends and issues concerning all aspects of the criminal justice system.


Prerequisite: None.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss many of the current issues, with knowledge, facing the criminal justice profession.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the pros and cons of current issues facing policing and Criminal Justice as we enter the 21st Century.
  3. Develop a position paper by utilizing available resources in the community.
  4. Verbally defend the various positions each has on the criminal justice issues studied.
  5. Identify several legal issues which stifle the advancement and professionalism of criminal justice in our society.
  6. Discuss the various ethical issues facing the police and correction officers.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Controversial crimes, perspectives and polices in criminal justice.
  2. Police strikes: are they effective?
  3. Human relations and police work.
  4. Critical issues in police civil liability.
  5. Legal issues facing the criminal justice system.
  6. Enforcing ethics�is it necessary?
  7. 21st Century policing: a look into the future?
  8. The correlation between policing and the U.S. military.