CRIJ 1301
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description:  This course provides a historical and philosophical overview of the American criminal justice system, including the nature, extent, and impact of crime; criminal law; and justice agencies and processes.
    2. Prerequisites: None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Describe the history and philosophy of the American criminal justice system.
    2. Explain the nature and extent of crime in America.
    3. Analyze the impact and consequences of crime.
    4. Evaluate the development, concepts, and functions of law in the criminal justice system.
    5. Describe the structure of contemporary federal, state, and local justice agencies and processes.
  3. Online Testing Requirements
    1. The midterm and final exam must be proctored by an approved testing organization. (Ask your instructor for more details.)
    2. Students are not allowed to use their book or notes of any kind while taking their proctored tests and exams.
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Exams:  There will be four major exams spaced throughout the semester.  Exam questions may include any combination of the following: True/false, multiple choice, fill in the blanks, short answer, and essay.
    2. Writing Assignments:  There will be two writing assignments spaced throughout the semester.
    3. Collaborative Exercises:  There will be numerous collaborative exercises spaced throughout the semester.  Each of these assignments will require you to work with your peers analyzing/discussing documents, articles, and other information relating to the study of Criminal Justice.
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Book:  Criminal Justice in Action, Gaines & Miller 8th, Wadsworth/Cengage. ISBN-10: 1305261070  |  ISBN-13: 9781305261075
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates:  Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Students with disabilities
  7. Course Sequence & Content

Chapter 1

Criminal Justice Today

Chapter 2

Defining and Measuring Crime

Chapter 3

Inside Criminal Law

Chapter 4

Law Enforcement Today

Chapter 5

Problems and Solutions in Modern Policing

Chapter 6

Police and the Constitution: Rules for Law Enforcement

Chapter 7

 Courts and the Quest for Justice

Chapter 8

Pretrial Procedure: The Adversary System in Action

Chapter 9

Punishment and Sentencing

Chapter 10

Probation and Parole

Chapter 11

Prisons and Jails

Chapter 12

The Prison Experience and Prisoner Reentry

Chapter 13

The Juvenile Justice System

Chapter 14

Today's Challenges in Criminal Justice

Disclaimer:  Sequence & Content is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.


Last Modified/Reviewed: May 9, 2019