Forensic science applies scientific methodology to crime scene investigation and crime solving, including an analysis of techniques of crime scene investigation and the lawful gathering of evidence. Students will consider both the Federal Rules of Evidence and California law, including the admissibility of physical evidence at trial, as well as the role of forensic science in the criminal justice system. Additionally, the course will examine the proper identification, collection and preservation of physical evidence, including chain of custody issues.
This course examines the influence and impact of legal, civic, and political issues on the criminal justice system. Students will analyze situations to identify key issues and discuss possible outcomes and solutions related to various issues. One area of consideration will be the history and evolution of terrorism with a worldwide perspective. The student will look at the means of countering terrorism, personal protection, and review the projection of terrorist activities well into the 21st century.
This course examines prevalent patterns of juvenile delinquency, relates these patterns to theories of child and adolescent development, and considers various theories pertaining to the causes of criminal behavior among juveniles. In addition, this course surveys the roles of police, courts and delinquency intervention programs in the administration of juvenile justice. Emphasis will be given to strategies of prevention and early intervention.
This course will provide the student with an introduction to the theory of criminal investigation, to include the examination of crime scene procedures, case preparation, interviewing, and basic investigative techniques. It will also focus on investigating specific offenses; methods for identifying, collecting and preserving evidence; establishing elements of crimes; and connecting the suspects to the crime. Moreover, the course will outline the characteristics of good law enforcement reports and field notes. Students will learn to write clear, concise and accurate reports with an emphasis on elements of composition, sentence and paragraph construction, grammar, and punctuation. Practice in note taking and writing reports is emphasized and proficiency must be demonstrated.
This course will focus on an overview of criminology issues. Students will learn what criminology is, why we study it, and how it relates to their careers as criminal justice professionals. Specifically, the course will cover the definition of criminology, the competing offending, and crime specific issues surrounding murder, assault, rape, the drug and sex trades, organized criminal activity, and white collar crime.
This course will be an overview of the criminal justice system in America, and will cover: a basic study of powers of arrest, relevant constitutional amendments, pre-trial procedures and motions, the elements of crimes, available defenses, and attendant forms.
This course describes the history and the development of the Private Service industry within the United States as well as the need for private security as an augmentation to the official police. The student will demonstrate a practical working knowledge of the functions and techniques of being a Private Security Officer.
This course will examine the historical development and present philosophies in the handling of those who fall outside accepted norms of behavior. The methods that societies deal with unacceptable behavior, from tribalism to the emergence of imprisonment as a form of punishment will also be considered.
This is an introductory class to state and federal systems with emphasis on California court structure. This will include a survey of legal terminology and the use of fact pattern analysis, case analysis and legal reasoning. This course will also include a detailed discussion of ethical responsibilities.