Administration of Justice (AJ)

AJ 011 Intro to Criminal Justice 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Introduction to Criminal Justice offers an overview of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, courts and corrections. Students will examine the structure, function and decision making processes of the criminal justice system from the perspective of the victim, criminal, law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Approved for Distance Learning format. (C-ID AJ110)
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with a "C" or better, or eligibility for ENGL 001 determined by COS Placement Procedures.
AJ 013 Community Relations 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
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 but are not limited to consenting and conflicting values in culture, religion, law and contemporary community policing models including community oriented policing and problem solving. (C-ID AJ160)
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better.
AJ 014 Criminal Law 1 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course offers an analysis of the doctrines of criminal liablity in the United States and the classification of crimes against persons, property, morals, and public welfare. Special emphasis is placed on the classification of crime, the general elements of crimes, the definitions of common and statutory law, and the nature of acceptable evidence. (C-ID AJ120)
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with a "C" or better, or eligibility for ENGL 1 as determined by COS Placement Procedures.
AJ 025 Constitutional Law 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Courses: BUS 025, GOVT 025
Students will apply logic and critical thinking to written and oral communication in the study of the fundamental rights of all citizens as protected by the United States Constitution. Case studies will be used as examples of the application of law.
Prerequisites: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
AJ 045 Terrorism and Freedom 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: AJ 145
This course is a study of terrorism including types, tactics and trends. The course also covers the history of freedom, its meaning today and the balance of individual rights and public order. The Patriot Act and its effects on the safety and freedom of the American citizen today are also examined.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with a "C" or better, or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures
AJ 111 Criminal Justice Communication 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course covers techniques of communicating facts, information in corrections and probation law enforcement reports, letters, memoranda, and directives. Practical experience is offered in note taking, report writing and presentation of courtroom testimony. Introduction to technology used in criminal justice and corrections.
Prerequisites: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
AJ 112 Legal Aspects of Evidence 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
The origin, development, philosophy, constitutional and procedural basis of evidence; judicial decisions and statutory rules of evidence governing the admissibility of testimony, writings and material objects. (C-ID AJ124)
AJ 113 Juvenile Laws & Procedures 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
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. This course is useful to students entering the juvenile justice system and those already employed in the system. (C-ID AJ220)
Advisories on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 and AJ 011 or equivalent college courses with "C" or better.
AJ 114 Juvenile Delinquency 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This is an introductory course designed to explore the concept of juvenile delinquency. Emphasis is on defining delinquency, identifying delinquents, examining theories of causation, identifying institutions for delinquents and identifying community-based programs designated to prevent delinquency.
Prerequisites: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
AJ 115 Criminal Law 2 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
An in-depth study of criminal law and criminal procedures commonly associated with California state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies. The course provides a complex analysis of both state law, as created by the legislature, and case law as defined in state and federal appellate court decisions, while focusing on established criminal justice procedures.
AJ 117 Correction/Counseling 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
An Administration of Justice course designed for students who are either employed in a law enforcement/corrections setting or intend to pursue a career in this field, this is a foundation course which includes areas of professional ethics, psycho-diagnostic procedures in counseling, critical thinking and communication skills.
Prerequisites: AJ 011 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
Advisory on recommended preparation: English 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility for English 1 as determined by COS Placement Procedures.
AJ 118 Criminal Investigation 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course examines the basic principles of criminal investigation. Topics include the crime scene, physical evidence identification, collection and preservation. It will also cover investigative techniques, patterns, modus operandi, the management of the investigation and concepts related to the prevention and suppression of crime. (C-ID AJ140)
AJ 119 Criminal Identification 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course provides an introduction to the role of forensics in criminal investigations. It examines the methods used in the forensic analysis of crime scenes, pattern evidence, firearms, questioned documents and controlled substances. (C-ID AJ150)
AJ 121 Introduction to Corrections 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
An overview of history and trends in United States corrections. The course will cover the incarceration, probation and parole, including the offender's perspective. Issues relating to men, women, and juvenile offenders are explored. (C-ID AJ200)
Prerequisites: AJ 011 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 as determined by COS Placement Procedures.
AJ 123 Criminal Justice Ethics 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course allows students the opportunity to explore ethical issues in the field of criminal justice through analysis and critical thinking and apply these concepts to both their professional and personal lives.
AJ 130 Correctional Law 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course provides the student with an awareness of the historical framework, concepts and precedents that guide correctional practice. Course material will broaden the individual's perspective of the corrections environment, the civil rights of prisoners and responsibilities and liabilities of corrections staff.
Prerequisites: AJ 011 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: AJ 121 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
AJ 219 Police Patrol Procedures 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: AJ 110
This course is the study of basic patrol techniques including stopping, arresting and handcuffing criminal suspects; methods of police patrol and observations; handling disputes and crisis intervention, community policing, and crimes in progress.