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Courses Offered

 

AJ 100 - Introduction to Administration of Justice

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU, UC
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: English A

This course introduces students to the characteristics of the criminal justice system in the United States. Focus is placed on examining crime measurement, theoretical explanations of crime, responses to crime, components of the system, and current challenges to the system. The course examines the evolution of the principles and approaches utilized by the justice system and the evolving forces which have shaped those principles and approaches. Although justice structure and process are examined in a cross-cultural context, emphasis is placed on the United States justice system, particularly the structure and function of police, courts, and corrections. Students are introduced to the origins and development of criminal law, legal process, sentencing, and incarceration policies.

AJ 103 - Concepts of Criminal Law I

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU, UC
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: English A

In this course, students examine the historical development and philosophy of law and its application to the criminal justice system. Topics covered include legal research, case law, classifications of crime, crimes against persons and property, and crimes against the state.

AJ 106 - Criminal Justice Recruitment and Selection

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: English 84

This course presents an overview of the criminal justice recruitment and selection process, and provides opportunities to gain knowledge and skills that will enable students to be more successful at passing the various testing phases in a criminal justice testing and background investigation process. Instruction begins with the application phase, then addresses the various steps in the hiring process including: the written examination, oral interview, written and oral psychological exams, polygraph exam, physical agility test and background investigation.

AJ 107 - Crime and Control - An Introduction to Corrections

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: English A

This is a basic course covering crime, criminal behavior and social attempts at controlling such behavior. Emphasis in this course is placed on traditional types of punishment, such as incarceration, as well as rehabilitation, probation, parole and diversion. Incarceration issues include officer and inmate safety, physical security aspects of prison, inmate discipline and code of conduct. Rehabilitation topics include education, job skills training and parole. This course covers the basic career skills and knowledge required for employment as detention officers in custodial institutions, probation and parole.

AJ 109 - Introduction to Police Patrol Procedures

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: English 84

This course covers the study of the history and development of police patrol. Topics covered include functions of patrol, investigative duties of the field officer, techniques for planning patrol activities, handling complaints and requests for service, field interviews, searches, seizures and arrests, civil and domestic disturbances and the handling of traffic related problems.

AJ 111 - Criminal Investigation

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                 Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: Administration of Justice 109 and English A

This course covers the fundamentals of criminal investigation. Topics include the techniques of crime scene search and recording, collection and preservation of physical evidence, modus operandi processes, sources of information, interview and interrogation, and follow-up investigation.

AJ 115 - Community and Human Relations

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                 Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU, UC
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: English A

This course examines the complex, dynamic relationship between communities and the justice system in addressing crime and conflict with an emphasis on the challenges and prospects of administering justice within a diverse multicultural population. Topics include the shared and conflicting values in culture, religion, and law.

 AJ 121 - Introduction to Emergency Management
Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: Administration of Justice 150 and English A

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of emergency management. Students will learn the principles of emergency management, and will become familiar with the major issues confronting emergency management providers. The course will emphasize the elements of the Incident Command System. Students will participate in a series of simulated emergency management exercises. Case studies of large-scale emergency events will be covered.

AJ 126 - Juvenile Delinquency and Legal Procedures

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                 Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: English A

This course is an examination of the origin, development, and organization of the juvenile justice system as it evolved in the American justice system. The course explores the theories that focus on juvenile law, courts and processes, and the constitutional protections extended to juveniles administered in the American justice system.

 

AJ 130 - Criminal Procedures

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: English A

This course is an in-depth study of the procedures by which a criminal defendant is tried. As enumerated by the Constitution’s due process clauses of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, this course examines how this process functions from the point at which a crime is committed to arrest, trial and appeal.

AJ 131 - Legal Aspects of Evidence

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English A

This course covers the legal aspects of evidence and the constitutional and procedural considerations affecting arrest, and search and seizure. Topics covered include types of evidence and rules governing their admissibility, judicial decisions interpreting individual rights and case studies viewed with respect to how they are applied in a criminal process from arrest to trial.

AJ 132 - Forensic Crime Scene Investigation

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None

This course provides students with an introduction to forensic crime scene investigation (CSI). It examines the methods utilized in the forensic analysis of crime scenes, pattern evidence, instruments, firearms, questioned documents and controlled substances. Topics covered will include the workings of a CSI unit, an overview

of the relationship between forensic science and law enforcement, as well as evidence collection and analysis rules.

AJ 133 - Fingerprint Classification and Investigation

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None

This course covers the basic principles of fingerprints, including lifting, classification, and identification. The history and scientific basis for fingerprints are studied in relation to current practices and procedures.

AJ 134 - Introduction to Crime Analysis

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: English A

This course is designed to develop basic crime analysis skills needed in today’s law enforcement environment. Students will analyze data and transform their analysis into specific and proactive plans to combat crime-related problems. The course prepares law enforcement professionals, both sworn and civilian, who are integrally involved in community-based policing programs, which respond to a community’s quality-of-life issues.

AJ 135 - Report Writing

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: Administration of Justice 103 and English A

In this course, students develop the ability to observe, record and document facts from which a police or criminal justice report could be written. Facts presented are based on simulated crimes that include crime scenes with evidence and witness statements. Students complete a variety of law enforcement report forms and construct police report narratives using proper spelling, grammar and sentence structure in a manner that satisfies typical requirements for a criminal investigation or prosecution.

AJ 142 - Introduction to Digital Evidence

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: Administration of Justice 100 and English A

This course provides students with an understanding of digital crime scene investigation. Topics include court presentation of evidence requirements involving digital forensic evidence, digital imaging, and metadata. Recognized legal and professional standards will be reviewed. Students will be exposed to contemporary digital forensic tools and processes used in collecting digital evidence from seizure to the admission as evidence in a criminal trial. Procedural and legal issues in the handling, processing, and examination of digital evidence will be studied. Students will learn about methods of handling the chain of custody regarding some digital evidence, and discovery procedures.

 

AJ 149 - Penal Code 832 - Arrest and Firearms

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 45              Lab Hours: 27              Outside Hours: 90
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: English 84
Enrollment Limitation: Students must have a Department of Justice (DOJ) background clearance prior to enrolling in this course.

This course is designed to meet the minimum requirements for training as required by Penal Code Section 832 and certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.). The course is certified by P.O.S.T. in the areas of laws of arrest, ethical use of force, arrest and control methods, and firearms training. The course has 38 hours of lecture covering California laws of arrest and firearms, 10 hours of training in arrest and control methods, and 24 hours of training in the use of firearms, for a total of 72 hours. The course will cover the basic fundamentals of the laws of arrest, arrest and control methods, and the basic principles of firearms training that will enhance an individual’s ability to meet the State’s minimum requirements for employment in a law enforcement or allied agency.

Note: Letter grade or pass/no pass option.
Note: Students pay fees for this course for Department of Justice background check and clearance, firing range, ammunition and targets.

AJ 150 - Introduction to Homeland Security

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: English A

This course provides an overview of important components of Homeland Security, including various agencies and their interrelated responsibilities. Topics include historical events, critical threats, and legislative constraints that impact national security. The course clarifies the roles of military agencies and local, federal, and international law enforcement in combating terrorism and identifies characteristics, ideologies, motives, and behaviors of extremist groups that foster and support terrorist activities. Students will examine and interpret forensic evidence to reconstruct crimes of terrorism.

AJ 152 - Intelligence and Security Management

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: Administration of Justice 150 and English A

This course provides an introduction to intelligence analysis and security management, focused on the prevention of terrorist attacks and other threats to national security. Students learn about the national defense system, including private sector defense, and explore the vulnerabilities of these systems. Students are exposed to the intelligence community, how it operates, and examine issues regarding intelligence support of the Department of Homeland Security.

AJ 154 - Transportation and Border Security Management

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: Administration of Justice 152 and English A

This course provides an overview of modern border and transportation security challenges. Different methods designed to address these challenges will be explored. The course covers a time period from post 9/11 to present. Topics associated with border security and security for transportation infrastructure include: ships, aircraft, railways, pipelines, and highways. Additional topics include technological solutions employed to enhance security of borders and transportation systems. Students will discuss the legal, economic, political, and cultural concerns as well as impacts associated with transportation and border security.

AJ 156 - Introduction to Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: Administration of Justice 152 and English A

This course will provide students with an overview of domestic and transnational terrorism. Varying definitions, perspectives, and underlying causes will be explored along with terrorist weapons of choice. Terrorist and counterterrorist organizations will be examined, as well as incidents involving terrorist efforts, successes, and failures.

AJ 170 - Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: English A

In this course, students examine the history and development of the United States Constitution and related case law decisions. Emphasis is given to the application of the Constitution as it relates to the administration of justice including free speech, free assembly, use of force, laws of arrest, search, seizure, right to counsel, and due process.

AJ 95 - Cooperative Work Experience Education

Units: 2-4             Lecture Hours: 0                Lab Hours: hours to be arranged
Grading Method: Letter                                  Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None

Enrollment Limitation: Employment or volunteer work in a position related to the student's major or career goal by the second week of the semester. Completion of or current enrollment in one course from the major. Through a set of learning objectives established by the student, supervisor, and instructor, each student will work with and learn from experts in the Administration of Justice field. These experiences will enable students to improve job skills, analyze career opportunities and requirements, and compare them to personal abilities and career expectations.

Note: Transfer limitations apply.
Note: The total units earned for Cooperative Work Experience Education may not exceed 16 units.

AJ 99 - Independent Study

Units: 1-3             Min Lecture Hours: 54           Max Lecture Hours: 162

Grading Method: Letter                                  Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None
Enrollment Limitation: Two courses in Administration of Justice with a minimum grade of B in each and acknowledgment by the instructor with whom the student will work.

This course provides special advanced studies in a subject field of Administration of Justice not covered in the regular departmental offerings. Regular conferences with the instructor are coordinated with assigned Administration of Justice projects (54 hours per unit).

Note: Transfer limitations apply.

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