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Course SummaryCriminal Justice 101: Intro to Criminal Justice has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. This self-paced course can be accessed any time that fits your schedule, and we've designed it to help you save time and money on your degree.
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The course objective is to introduce you to criminology theories, define various crime types and give you an understanding of the functions and relationships between federal and state court systems.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and earn real college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 180 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Describe the history of criminology and identify and distinguish the various criminology theories and schools of thought
- Define and compare different types of crime and understand the appropriate methods of punishment for each
- Explain the history, structure, and function of the U.S. criminal justice system
- Describe the litigation process and what it entails
- Recall the history of corrections and probation and describe prison culture and the evolution of the juvenile justice system
- Examine the present-day controversies related to criminal justice, including those regarding policing styles, Constitutional Law and criminal sentencing (capital punishment)
- Recognize the various levels of law enforcement (local, state and federal) and the duties for each
- Compare the organization of federal and state court systems and the relationship between them
- Identify the function and jurisdiction of original, appellate and Supreme Court systems
- Define the roles of courtroom participants and explain courtroom processes
- Recognize the various law types (criminal, civil, public and private)
- Evaluate different criminal trials in the U.S. Justice System
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Criminal Justice 101 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
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This course has been evaluated and recommended by both ACE and NCCRS for 3 semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Criminal Justice 101 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Criminal Justice 101 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
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|Introduction to Crime & Criminology||Study the history of criminology and discover the different types of crime. Identify methods for measuring crime. Examine the relationship between crime and punishment.|
|Theories of Crime||Survey criminology theories, including rational choice, biological, psychological and social theories, among others. Differentiate between the classical and positivist schools of criminology. Compare the crime control and due processes models.|
|Types of Crime||Distinguish crimes against persons and property from crimes against morality. Get some examples of white collar and organized crime. Investigate characteristics of terrorism and cyber crime.|
|Victims & Victimization in Criminal Justice||Recognize activities and lifestyle factors related to victimization risk. Consider the role of the Office for Victims of Crime.|
|The Criminal Justice Field||Get an overview of the history, structure and function of the U.S. criminal justice system. Consider the processes involved in criminal litigation and the role of the victim in these proceedings.|
|Criminal Justice Agencies in the U.S.||Scrutinize the roles of federal criminal justice agencies, such as the National Security Division, INTERPOL and the FBI. Identify responsibilities of the U.S. Attorney General and the U.S. Marshals Service.|
|Law Enforcement in the U.S.||Study the history of policing in the U.S., and consider the role of police departments in a democracy. Survey duties assigned to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Assess the roles of private law enforcement agencies.|
|The Role of the Police Department||Distinguish between service, watchman and legalistic policing styles. Recognize the significance of ethics and professionalism in this field. Investigate issues surrounding the use of force, police corruption and racial profiling.|
|The U.S. Court System||Outline the organization of federal and state court systems. Identify the functions of original and appellate jurisdiction, and take a closer look at the Supreme Court's jurisdiction. Explore the roles of various courtroom participants and the processes used to select a venue for a court case.|
|Constitutional Law in the U.S.||Examine how the First Amendment relates to commercial speech and the rights of private citizens. Discover the protections from search and seizure outlined in the Fourth Amendment, and consider the due process and equal protection clauses in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. Explore rights protected by the Ninth Amendment.|
|Criminal Law in the U.S.||Trace the origins of law in the U.S. and discover the principle known as the rule of law. Identify the differences between criminal and civil law as well as public and private law. Distinguish substantive law from procedural law.|
|The Criminal Trial in the U.S. Justice System||Survey the constitutional requirements and purposes of a criminal trial. Get an overview of pretrial activities, trial stages and the types of defense. Follow post-trial appeals and review processes.|
|The Sentencing Process in Criminal Justice||Contrast traditional and alternative criminal sentencing approaches. Weigh arguments in favor of and opposed to the use of capital punishment.|
|Corrections & Correctional Institutions||Examine the history of corrections and the nature of probation. Compare characteristics of federal, state and private prisons. Investigate prison subculture and the characteristics of inmates in correctional facilities. Identify causes of prison riots and study court cases outlining prisoners' rights.|
|The Juvenile Justice System||Follow the evolution of the juvenile justice system and examine its court structure. Study Supreme Court decisions impacting juvenile justice. Consider the legal rights of juveniles, and look at some alternatives to traditional juvenile corrections.|
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|Completed the entire Criminal Justice 101: Intro to Criminal Justice course and achieved 100% Course Progress.|
|Not attempted to take this exam within the last three days.|
|Have available proctored exams in this month of membership.|
|Complete the exam readiness quiz.|
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