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LAWE 1100 - Criminal Justice

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

Philosophy and history of criminal justice; agencies and processes; evaluation of current criminal justice services and their social and constitutional aspects.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to define the component parts of the Criminal Justice System and define the relationship between the various segments.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Demonstrate in class knowledge of the major philosophical and political concepts creating tension in the Criminal Justice System.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the component parts of the Criminal Justice System by discussing them in the classroom to the satisfaction of the instructor, and identify in writing the stages of the Criminal Justice System.
  3. Identify the difference between Part I and Part II crimes in the Uniform Crime Reporting System and the incident-based reporting System.
  4. Identify the purpose behind the National Crime Victimization Survey and identify the findings of the survey in writing and in classroom discussion.
  5. Identify the English history of the American Policing System.
  6. Identify the components of the Michigan and Federal Court Systems.
  7. Define plea bargains and their affect on the Criminal Justice System.
  8. Identify the major actors in the courtroom process in American Justice.
  9. Identify the process of jury selection.
  10. Define and identify the reasons for criminal sentencing.
  11. Define and identify the types of sentencing available to judges.
  12. Identify the role of the corrections officer in prison and jail.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the major constitutional and legal concepts that control the Criminal Justice System and the Juvenile Justice System.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Identify and define the importance of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.
  2. Define and identify the ten exceptions to the search warrant requirement.
  3. Define and identify the warrant requirement of the Fourth Amendment.
  4. Define and identify the constitutional aspects of police interrogation.
  5. Identify the rights of inmates based on the United States Constitution.
  6. Identify the due process concerns of the Juvenile Justice System through Supreme Court case law.
  7. Identify and define the types of law both in writing and in classroom discussion.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Principals of law and statutory construction
    1. Due Process
    2. Principles of law
  2. Police History
    1. British
    2. American
  3. Constitutional Constraints on the police
    1. Search and seizure
    2. Interrogation
  4. Courts and participants in the courtroom process
    1. Judges
    2. Attorneys
    3. Court officers
  5. Prisons
    1. Inmate rights
    2. Prison Life

Primary Faculty
Bowlin, Samantha
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Lopez, Michael
Mirijanian, Narine

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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