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Course level: Undergraduate
This course introduces students to the topic of victimology, the scientific study of victims, and an overview of current theory, research, and trends within the context of specific victimization types. Specific crime types, the impact of crime on victims and society, the role of victims within the criminal justice system, specific remedies, and victim rights and services are also examined.
- CJS/201 – Introduction to Criminal Justice or equivalent
What you'll learn
Course skills and outcomes
- Describe the history of the court and the common law heritage of the American legal system.
- Describe the hierarchical structure of criminal courts.
- Discuss the differences between state and federal court systems.
- Identify the duties, role, and ethics of the different participants in the courtroom.
- Describe examples of prosecutorial misconduct.
- Describe examples of defense counsel ineffective representation of counsel.
- Compare the various methods of judicial selection.
- Review the elements of a crime and legal defenses.
- Describe the right to bail and types of bail.
- Compare grand jury and preliminary hearings.
- Identify advantages and disadvantages of plea bargaining.
- Identify the major sentencing goals or philosophies.
- Identify the primary types of sanctions.
- Describe the legal factors in sentencing.
- Describe differential treatment of women and minorities.
- Identify legal issues involved with cybercrime.
- Identify the causes of wrongful conviction.
- Explain the use of technology in the courtroom.