CSJS-11000 Introduction to Criminal Justice

This course provides an overview of the function, structure, and historical development of major institutions within the criminal justice system.  Theories about crime and victimization are presented, and the interrelationship between law enforcement practices, court processes, and correctional operations at the local, state and national level are examined.  Students consider the ways in which policing, courts, and correctional practices impact citizens' perception of the justice system, and how citizen participation, political and economic factors influence the policies and practices within criminal justice agencies.