Introduction to Criminal Justice Syllabus – Mr. Blaszczyk
This elective serves as an introduction of the criminal justice system. Much
of the concentration of the class will be centered between the need for public
safety, security, and order verse individual rights and freedoms. A question
asked in the text book is “how much personal freedom are we willing to
sacrifice to achieve a solid sense of security”? The objective of the course is
to have students use critical thinking skills as to what it may take to achieve
that balance. The three main elements of the criminal justice system will be
examined; police, courts, and corrections.
- Chapter 1 – What is Criminal Justice?
- Chapter 2 – The Crime Picture
- Chapter 3 – The Search for Causes
- Chapter 4 – Criminal Law
- Chapter 5 – Policing
- Chapter 7 – Policing: Legal Aspects
- Chapter 9 – The Courts: Structure and Participants
- Chapter 12 – Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections
- Chapter 13 – Prisons and Jails
Grades will be the average of all test grades and homework grades. There
will not be extra credit offered for this course.