Administration of Justice
Associate in Arts Degree
Associate in Science Degree
Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer Degree
This course covers the history and philosophy of administration of justice including law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. Responsibilities of criminal justice agents, legal frameworks, and the role of the justice system in a pluralistic society are examined. Concepts of crime causation, punishments and rehabilitation, and training standards of criminal justice personnel are explored.
Lecture Hours: 3 | Lab Hours: None | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
Advisory Level — Read: 3 | Write: 3 | Math:
Transfer Status: CSU/UC | Degree Applicable: AA/AS
This course covers concepts of criminal law including history, philosophy, and legal structure. Definitions and classifications of crime, case law analysis, the court system and the U.S. Constitution are examined. Crimes against person, property crimes, and the legal system as a social and cultural ideology are explored.
Transfer Status: CSU | Degree Applicable: AA/AS
This course will cover the history, legal terminology, and principles of criminal procedures. Constitutional provisions, interpretation of statutory and case law, legal aspects of arrest, rules governing search and seizure, and institutional responsibilities of the criminal justice system within a multicultural society are examined.
This course focuses on both the historical and contemporary role of police in society. Emphasis is placed on discussion and research of police hiring and training procedures, ethical issues, use of police discretion, police corruption, and the role of women and minorities in law enforcement.
This course covers fundamental principles and procedures of criminal investigation including crime scene management, documentation methods, rules of evidence, and interviewing and interrogation. Modus operandi, sources of information, chain of custody, and investigative techniques related to persons and property crimes are analyzed.
This course explores the history and classification of legal and illegal psychoactive drugs including physiological and physical effects. Historical and contemporary trends relating to criminalization, decriminalization, addiction, harm reduction, and the relationship between drug use and violence are also examined.
Advisory Level — Read: 3 | Write: 3 | Math: 0
This course examines the causes and theories of juvenile delinquency, the function and jurisdiction of juvenile justice agencies, common juvenile statutes, delinquency control, and juvenile court procedures. Particular focus is placed on the role of law enforcement, probation services, schools, resources, and parents/guardians in relation to juvenile delinquency. The rights of juveniles, constitutional cases, and juvenile victimization are also analyzed.
This course examines the history, legal standards, and social aspects of the rules of evidence. Burden of proof, rules governing admissibility, hearsay, relevance, and types of evidence are covered. Judicial considerations, documentary evidence, and issues relating to witness examination and competency, and privileges are also explored.
This course examines theories and predictors of violence, the role of victims in the criminal justice system, and approaches to crime measurement. Common crimes including criminal homicide, sex crimes, domestic violence, gang and hate crimes, and elder abuse are also addressed. The legal and social impact of violence on quality-of-life as well as crime prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies are explored.
This course examines the history, causes, motivations, and typologies of domestic and international terrorism. Common terrorist tactics and ideologies of political, social, and issue-oriented extremist groups are examined. The role of the government and law enforcement to combat terrorism in a global society is also considered within this context.
This course discusses practices used by forensic scientists in the identification, collection, comparison, and analysis of different types of physical evidence. Emphasis is given to biological fluids, ballistics, tool marks, fingerprints, questioned documents, drugs, and explosives.
This course covers the history and philosophy of correctional theory and practice in America. Emphasis is placed on adult and juvenile correctional institutions, jails, probation, parole, the effects of institutionalization, and alternatives to incarceration. Attention will also focus on specific issues in correctional systems, such as prisoner due process rights, overcrowding, ethnicity, gender, and aging.
This course will introduce students to various computer crimes and the appropriate investigative procedures used in collection, documentation, and presentation of evidence in court. The course includes a computer lab component.
Lecture Hours: 2.5 | Lab Hours: 1.5 | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
This course examines the practical and theoretical study of women in the criminal justice system, as offenders, victims, and survivors. Contributions made by women that have influenced and changed the criminal justice system, probation and parole, gender difference in criminal offending, employment, and social and cultural barriers will also be explored.
Lecture Hours: 3 | Lab Hours: 0 | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
Occupational Work Experience is designed for students who work or volunteer in a field related to their career major. Students are required to provide evidence that they are enrolled in a career program (e.g., education plan or coursework in a career/occupational subject area). Students can earn one unit of credit for each 60 hours of unpaid volunteer time or 75 hours of paid work during the semester. Students can repeat Career/Occupational Work Experience, combined with General Work Experience, or alone, up to a maximum of 16 units. Internship/job placement is not guaranteed.
Units: 1 - 8
Lecture Hours: None | Lab Hours: 1.81 | Repeatable: 15 | Grading: O
Corequisite: Be employed or a volunteer at an approved work-site for the minimum number of hours per unit as stipulated for paid and unpaid status.
Brad CarothersDean, Social Science, Humanities, Arts & Physical Education
Bianca LopezSr. Administrative Assistant(408) 223-6792
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