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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Current Issues in Criminal Justice
Course: AJS200

First Term: 2018 Summer
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Course Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Examines current issues, techniques and trends in the Criminal Justice System.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe the nature and scope of contemporary crime and relate this to such issues as drugs, technology, immigration, political/public reactions, and gun control. (I)
2. Describe contemporary police strategies in responding to crime. (II)
3. Identify and describe current issues related to the contemporary crime scene, including cybercrime, immigration, terrorism, drugs, and police discretionary practices. (III)
4. Identify and describe the political, public, and media/social media reactions to current issues in criminal justice. (IV)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Nature and scope of contemporary crime
   A. Technology and crime
   B. Terrorism
   C. Drugs and crime
   D. Cost of crime
   E. Political/public opinion
   F. Gun control and crime
II. Response of police to crime
   A. Traditional strategies
   B. Non-traditional strategies
   C. Use of force
   D. Ethics
III. Related contemporary issues
   A. Cybercrime and technology
   B. Immigration and the police
   C. Understanding terrorism and the signs
   D. Police discretionary practices
IV. Reactions to issues in criminal justice
   A. Political
   B. Public
   C. Media/social media
   D. Social issues
   E. Other

MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 27, 2018

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.