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Criminal Justice Course Descriptions

CJC 100  Basic Law Enforcement Training

This course covers the skills and knowledge needed for entry-level employment as a law enforcement officer in North Carolina. Topics are divided into general units of study: legal, patrol duties, law enforcement communications, investigation, practical application, and sheriff-specific. Upon successful completion, the student should be able to demonstrate competence in the topics and areas required for the state comprehensive examination. This is a certificate-level course.

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Course Hours Per Week: Class, 9; Lab, 30

Semester Hours Credit: 19

Prerequisite: Acceptance in the BLET program (all students must be 20 years of age on the first day of class)

Corequisite: None

CJC 100 Course Outline

CJC 111  Introduction to Criminal Justice

This course introduces the components and processes of the criminal justice system. Topics include history, structure, functions, and philosophy of the criminal justice system and their relationship to life in our society. Upon completion, students should be able to define and describe the major system components and their interrelationships as well as evaluate career options. Special emphasis is on the courts of North Carolina and on the constitutional issues arising under the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisites: None

CJC 111 Course Outline

CJC 112  Criminology

This course introduces deviant behavior as it relates to criminal activity. Topics include theories of crime causation; statistical analysis of criminal behavior; past, present, and future social control initiatives; and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to explain and discuss various theories of crime causation and societal response.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisites: None

CJC 112 Course Outline

CJC 113  Juvenile Justice

This course covers the juvenile justice system and related juvenile issues. Topics include an overview of the juvenile justice system, treatment and prevention programs, special areas and laws unique to juveniles, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and discuss juvenile court structure and procedures, function and jurisdiction of juvenile agencies, processing and detention of juveniles, and case disposition.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisites: None

CJC 113 Course Outline

CJC 114  Investigative Photography

This course covers the operation of various photographic equipment and its application to criminal justice. Topics include using various cameras, proper exposure of film, developing film and prints, and preparing photographic evidence. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate and explain the role of photography and proper film exposure as well as development techniques.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test, CJC 111 and CJC 112

Corequisite: None

CJC 114 Course Outline

CJC 121  Law Enforcement Operations

This course introduces fundamental law enforcement operations. Topics include the contemporary evolution of law enforcement operations and related issues. Upon completion, students should be able to explain theories, practices, and issues related to law enforcement operations. Through an application setting, students utilize current methods and practices of local agencies in order to acquire a more comprehensive understanding of operational needs and logistics. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisites: None

CJC 121 Course Outline

CJC 131  Criminal Law

This course covers the history, evolution, principles, and contemporary applications of criminal law. Topics include sources of substantive law, classification of crimes, parties to crime, elements of crimes, matters of criminal responsibility, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss the sources of law and identify, interpret, and apply the appropriate statutes and elements.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisites: None

CJC 131 Course Outline

CJC 132  Court Procedure and Evidence

This course covers judicial structure, process, and procedure from incident to disposition; kinds and degrees of evidence; and the rules governing admissibility of evidence in court. Topics include consideration of state and federal courts, arrest, search and seizure laws, exclusionary and statutory rules of evidence, and other related issues. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and discuss procedures necessary to establish a lawful arrest and search, proper judicial procedures, and the admissibility of evidence.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisites: None

CJC 132 Course Outline

CJC 141  Corrections

This course covers the history, major philosophies, components, and current practices and problems of the field of corrections. Topics include historical evolution, functions of the various components, alternatives to incarceration, treatment programs, inmate control, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the various components, processes, and functions of the correctional system. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisites: None

CJC 141 Course Outline

CJC 211  Counseling

This course introduces the basic elements of counseling and specific techniques applicable to the criminal justice setting.  Topics include observation, listening, recording, interviewing, and problem exploration necessary to form effective helping relationships.  Upon completion, students should be able to discuss and demonstrate the basic techniques of counseling.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test
CJC 211 Course Outline: Not Available

CJC 212  Ethics and Community Relations

This course covers ethical considerations and accepted standards applicable to criminal justice organizations and professionals. Topics include ethical systems; social change, values, and norms; cultural diversity; citizen involvement in criminal justice issues; and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to apply ethical considerations to the decision making process in identifiable criminal justice situations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisites: None

CJC 212 Course Outline

CJC 213  Substance Abuse

This course is a study of substance abuse in our society. Topics include the history and classifications of drug abuse and the social, physical, and psychological impact of drug abuse. Upon completion, students should be able to identify various types of drugs, their effects on human behavior and society, and treatment modalities. Current area drug trends and North Carolina statutes regarding controlled substances are reviewed.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisites: None

CJC 213 Course Outline

CJC 214  Victimology

This course introduces the study of victims.  Emphasis is on roles and characteristics of victims, victim interaction with the criminal justice system and society, current victim assistance programs, and other related topics.  Upon completion, students should be able to discuss and identify victims, the uniqueness of victims' roles, and current victim assistance programs.  In addition, this course assesses mastery of critical competencies within the Criminal Justice program.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisites: None

CJC 214 Course Outline: Not Available

CJC 215  Organization and Administration

This course introduces the components and functions of organization and administration as it applies to the agencies of the criminal justice system. Topics include operations and functions of organizations; recruiting, training, and retention of personnel; funding and budgeting; communications; span of control and discretion; and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and discuss the basic components and functions of a criminal justice organization and its administrative operations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisites: None

CJC 215 Course Outline

CJC 221  Investigative Principles

This course introduces the theories and fundamentals of the investigative process. Topics include crime scene and incident processing, information gathering techniques, collection and preservation of evidence, preparation of appropriate reports, court presentations, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to identify, explain, and demonstrate the techniques of the investigative process, report preparation, and courtroom presentation.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test, CJC 111, CJC 112, CJC 114,and CJC 222

Corequisites: None
CJC 221 Course Outline

CJC 222  Criminalistics

This course covers the functions of the forensic laboratory and its relationship to successful criminal investigations and prosecutions. Topics include advanced crime scene processing, investigative techniques, current forensic technologies, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and collect relevant evidence at simulated crime scenes and request appropriate laboratory analysis of submitted evidence. Practical applications of course materials are utilized at the instructor's discretion.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test, CJC 111 and CJC 112

Corequisites: None
CJC 222 Course Outline

CJC 225  Crisis Intervention

This course introduces critical incident intervention and management techniques as they apply to operational criminal justice practitioners. Emphasis is on the victim/offender situation as well as on job-related high stress and dangerous or problem-solving citizen contacts. Upon completion, students should be able to provide insightful analysis of emotional, violent, drug-induced, and other critical and/or stressful incidents that require field analysis and/or resolution.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisites: None

CJC 225 Course Outline

CJC 231  Constitutional Law

The course covers the impact of the Constitution of the United States and its amendments on the criminal justice system. Topics include the structure of the Constitution and its amendments, court decisions pertinent to contemporary criminal justice issues, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and discuss the basic structure of the United States Constitution as well as the rights and procedures as interpreted by the courts.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisites: None

CJC 231 Course Outline

CJC 232  Civil Liability

This course covers liability issues for the criminal justice professional.  Topics include civil rights violations, tort liability, employment issues, and other related topics.  Upon completion, students should be able to explain civil trial procedures and discuss contemporary liability issues.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisites: None

CJC 232 Course Outline: Not available

CJC 241  Community-Based Corrections

This course covers programs for convicted offenders that are used both as alternatives to incarceration and in post-incarceration situations.  Topics include offenders, diversion, house arrest, restitution, community service, probation and parole, including both public and private participation, and other related topics.  Upon completion, students should be able to identify and discuss the various programs from the perspective of the criminal justice professional, the offender, and the community.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098; or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisites: None

CJC 241 Course Outline: Not available
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