2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog 
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2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CJ 200 Crime and Justice in America: The Issues (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled General Transfer Elective
Course Description
This course examines issues of social justice and privilege (race, gender, class, sexual orientation, etc.) and the effect upon self, clients, systems and public policy.

Course Content
A. Effective cross cultural communication skills to assist in resolving conflicts
B. Cultural impacts on the criminal justice system
C. The major theoretical arguments in the controversies discussed in class to include examining various aspects of social identity including ethnicity, “race”, gender, hetero-sexism, socioeconomic, class, etc.
D. The social values underlying various positions in the controversies discussed in class
E. The organizational and institutional values and needs which support the status quo and/or conflict with proposed changes in law, policy, and procedure discussed in class
F. System-wide impact of proposed changes in law, policy, and procedure discussed in class
G. Social impact of and public response to proposed changes in law, policy, and procedure discussed in class
H. Social and criminal justice theories, trends, and practices in the United States

Student Outcomes
1. Examine the impact of ethnicity, race, gender, privilege and socioeconomic class on the criminal justice system.

2. Communicate with peers in ways that minimize and/or resolve cultural conflict.

3. Examine past and current criminal justice theories, practices, trends, and responses to various laws, policies and procedures and their social impact.

4. Evaluate personal values, beliefs and behaviors and their potential impact on the criminal justice system.

5. Work effectively in diverse teams or groups.

6. Defend personal opinions and beliefs about identified criminal justice issues through the use of scholarly research.

7. Evaluate systematic response to public policy changes within various criminal justice agencies.

Degree Outcomes
Program Outcome: Graduates will build knowledge of diverse ideas, values, perspectives and experiences.

Intercultural Engagement: Graduates demonstrate self-efficacy in intercultural engagement to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion through reflections and expressions of cultural humility, empathy, and social and civic engagement and action. Further, graduates examine how identities/positionalities such as races, social classes, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, and cultures impact perceptions, actions, and the distribution of power and privilege in communities, systems, and institutions.

Critical, Creative and Reflective Thinking: Graduates will evaluate, analyze and synthesize information and ideas in order to construct informed, meaningful and justifiable conclusions.

Effective Communication: Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.

Information Competency: Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information, and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.

Global Citizenship: Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable and equitable systems.

Lecture Contact Hours 50
Lab Contact Hours 0
Clinical Contact Hours 0
Total Contact Hours 50

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