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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Community Relations
Course: AJS270

First Term: 2000 Spring
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Course Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S

Description: Examination, recognition and understanding of community problems; community action programs; methods of coping with human behavior, victimology, conflict and communication; ethnic and minority cultures and environments; the community and relationships with the criminal justice system.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Identify and describe the factors that influence the American community. (I)
2. Trace the development of police/community programs. (II)
3. Describe the use of authority as it relates to the police officer. (II)
4. Describe the role of the police officer as a symbol of authority. (II)
5. Describe the relationship between the courts and community and illustrate how this is a reflection of community politics. (III)
6. Identify problem areas between corrections and the community and illustrate how these are a reflection of community politics. (III)
7. Describe the relationship between community politics and the role of the police. (III)
8. Identify and describe psychological variables that may influence human behavior. (IV)
9. Identify and describe sociological variables that may influence human behavior. (IV)
10. Identify and describe the major components involved in human conflict situations. (V)
11. Describe the role of communication in police and community relations and identify barriers to effective communication. (VI)
12. Describe the organization and function of community relations units. (VII)
13. Identify and describe police/community programs. (VIII)
14. Identify and describe future trends in police/community relations. (IX)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. The American Community
   A. Geographic Influence
   B. Ethnic and Racial Influence
   C. Functions of the Community
   D. Community Interactions
   E. The Changing Community
   F. The Ghetto
II. Law Enforcement and Community Relations
   A. History of Law Enforcement
   B. Development of Police/Community Relations
   C. Use of Authority by Police
   D. Police as a Symbol of Authority
III. The Criminal Justice System and Community Politics
   A. Politics and the Relationship of the Courts and the Community
   B. Politics and the Relationship of Corrections and the Community
   C. Conflicting Community Expectations
   D. Finances
   E. Politics and the Role of the Police
IV. Human Behavior
   A. Psychological Variables
   B. Sociological Variables
V. Human Conflict/Victimology
   A. Intra-psychic
   B. Interpersonal
   C. Groups
   D. Cultures
   E. Adaptations
VI. Communication
   A. Purposes
   B. Meaning and Interpretation
   C. Verbal
   D. Non-Verbal
   E. Barriers to Effective Communication
VII. Police/Community Relations
   A. Organization
   B. Function
   C. Administration
VIII. Police/Community Relations Programs
   A. Educational Programs
   B. Citizen Involvement
   C. Improvement of Services
   D. Youth Programs
   E. Training Programs
IX. Future Trends in Community Relations
   A. Issues for Improvement
   B. Problem Solving/Change Issues
   C. Police Discretion
   D. Diversion Programs
   E. Reduced Police Hostility
   F. Planning and Evaluation
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 5-24-1994

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