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Administration of Justice Courses

Administration of Justice (ADJUS)

ADJUS-099 Occupational Work Experience

1-4 Units: 60-360 hours of work experience, per term, SC, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: Employment in career-related field.

For more information on this course refer to Cooperative Education. Units are determined by number of hours worked.

This course offers on-the-job learning experiences for employed students, whether paid or volunteer, in cooperation with their employers. If students’ career goals are directly related to their work, they can earn credit for jobs they hold during the term. Students must be enrolled in at least seven units, including their cooperative education units (proportionately fewer in summer session). Students who volunteer for this assignment will earn 1 unit for every 60 hours of volunteer work experience and 1 unit per 90 hours of paid work experience. Petition to repeat for a maximum of 16 units.

ADJUS-100 Topics in Administration of Justice

5-10 Units: 9-180 hours of lecture and/or 27-540 hours of laboratory, per term, P/NP, DG

This course covers topics in administration of justice. Topics will be chosen to supplement and serve as additions to current offerings in the area, and will be announced each term in the current schedule of classes.

ADJUS-120 Introduction to Administration of Justice

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: AJ 110)

This course is designed as a career development course that will prepare the student for a career in public safety by examining the history and philosophy of justice as it evolved throughout the world. The course will also provide an overview of America’s criminal justice system and its sub-systems; roles and role expectations of criminal justice professionals; theories of crime causation, punishment and rehabilitation; ethics, and multicultural awareness and education.

ADJUS-121 Concepts of Criminal Law

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: AJ 120)

This course is an introduction to the historical development, philosophy, and basic legal concepts of criminal law. The course includes an examination of constitutional provisions, legal research, legal analysis, and the functioning of criminal law as a social force. It also includes a detailed examination of legal definitions, classifications of law, penalties, corpus delicti, criminal intent, parties to a crime, defenses to crime, and a brief introduction to laws of arrest and judicial procedure.

ADJUS-122 Criminal Procedures

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU (C-ID: AJ 122)

This course is an introduction to the origin, development, philosophy, and legal basis of criminal procedures in California. It will include an overview of procedural law, case law, and constitutional law governing arrest; use of force; motions; rules of discovery and applicable rules of evidence, the California court system; California grand jury system; pretrial court procedures; adult trial procedures; juvenile trial procedures; sentencing and the appellate process.

ADJUS-124 Introduction to Corrections

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU (C-ID: AJ 200)

This survey course will explore the history, development and philosophy of various theories and practices of punishment, rehabilitation, and community protection, as well as methods used to modify deviant behavior. In addition, students will explore employment opportunities in the correctional field.

ADJUS-125 Report Preparation

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG

Prerequisite: ADJUS-121 (may be taken concurrently)

This course will cover the techniques of communicating facts, information and ideas in an effective, simple, clear, and logical manner. These techniques will be applied to the various types of reports, letters and memoranda used in the criminal justice system, which includes law enforcement and corrections. There will be an emphasis on criminal justice technology, the proper use of English, organization of information and practical application of note taking, report writing and the presentation of testimony in court.

ADJUS-126 Counseling and Placement

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG

This course is an overview of the techniques in counseling and interviewing available to practitioners in Corrections. The student will learn the use of appropriate techniques and theories in confidence building which correctional employees may use in client interviews and counseling sessions. This is a basic course for students planning to enter or who are already employed in the correctional science field.

ADJUS-127A Police Youth Academy – Module A

3 Units: 48 hours of lecture, 32 hours of laboratory per term, LG, DG, CSU

This course is an introduction to the functions of a police department and its relationship to the criminal justice system, and examines community involved policing and general practices. This career planning and technical preparation bridge course is for high school and college students interested in, or currently working in, positions as police explorers, police cadets, police aides, and community service officers. The skill level for this course would be that of entry or beginning levels. This course is the first of a sequence of two that will benefit students interested in a career in law enforcement.

ADJUS-127B Police Youth Academy – Module B

3 Units: 48 hours of lecture, 32 hours of laboratory per term, LG, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: ADJUS-127A; or Challenge Policy: Final practical and written exam in ADJUS-127A with a passing score of 70% or greater.

This course further explains the functions of a police department and its relationship to the criminal justice system, and examines community involved policing and general practices. This career planning and technical preparation bridge course is for high school and college students interested in, or currently working in, positions as police explorers, police cadets, police aides, and community service officers. The skill level for this course is intermediate. This course is the second of a sequence of two that benefits students interested in a career in criminal justice.

ADJUS-128 Campus Police Aide Orientation

2 Units: 18 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

This course is an orientation course for campus police aides of the Contra Costa College District Police Department, and for students who are interested in employment as police aides. The course will provide training so that police aides can provide the highest level of service to the college community. Topics will include: preparing for an employment interview and background check, policies and procedures, duties, defensive tactics, CERT training, OC spray, and community relations. This is a hybrid course with online elements including: lecture, movies, and testing. The lab portion involves physical activity related to defensive tactics associated with arrest techniques. Students are also expected to participate in physical activities related to disaster response training (CERT). Petition to repeat intended for legally mandated certification training.

ADJUS-130 Juvenile Procedures

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU (C-ID: AJ 220)

The course covers the organization, functions, and jurisdiction of juvenile agencies; the processing and detention of juveniles; juvenile case disposition; juvenile statutes; and juvenile court procedures.

ADJUS-135 Law and Democracy

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

This course will cover the evaluation, debate and critical analysis of law and legal issues that affect us as individuals, families, employees and communities. Students will learn about the practical aspects of civil, criminal, constitutional, family, immigration, and consumer law in a diverse society with an orientation toward involvement in the local community.

ADJUS-139 Criminal Gangs and Terrorism

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG

This course is an introduction to modern gangs, domestic and foreign terrorists, their philosophy, history, social psychological structure, and impact on the community as well as law enforcement. Students will be exposed to a review of treatment approaches, a study of legal codes affecting gang enhancements and the prosecution of gang members. In addition, there will be a discussion of prison gangs and their impact on the community and the success of treatment programs both in the institutions and community.

ADJUS-163A Security Guard Certification – Powers of Arrest

.5 Unit: 9 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG

This course qualifies the student for a Powers of Arrest card from the state of California. The Powers of Arrest card is also known as a Guard Card. Petition to repeat intended for legally mandated certification training.

ADJUS-163C Security Guard Certification – Firearms Course

1 Unit:  12 hours of lecture, 18 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: ADJUS-163A or ADJUS-164 or a valid California Powers of Arrest (Guard Card); Not be banned from owning or

possessing any firearm pursuant to State or Federal Law (BPC Sections 7583.24, 7583.25 and 7596.8); Felon or certain violent crime convictions; Be a citizen of the United States or have permanent legal alien status (BPC Sections7583.23 and 7596.3)

This Bureau of Consumer Affairs approved course qualifies the student to apply for a Security Guard Firearms Card from the State of California. Petition to repeat intended for legally mandated certification training.

ADJUS-164 Security Academy – Level I

3 Units:  54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG

This is the first of two levels of training and proficiency for the California Security Officer. The course includes laws of arrest, use of police baton, pepper spray, control and handcuffing technique. The course can be used to qualify for the following Department of Consumer Affair licenses: Powers of Arrest (Guard card), Baton and Pepper Spray Card. Twenty-five percent of this course has online elements and the student should have some internet skills and access. Petition to repeat intended for legally mandated certification training.

ADJUS-171 Defensive Firearms and Gun Safety

2 Units: 36 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: ADJUS-120 and ADJUS-121; no felony convictions.

No absences will be allowed in this course for any reason.

This course is an introduction to firearm use and safety as it relates to peace officer training. The course will review statutes and case laws relating to the use of lethal and non-lethal weapons; legal and moral aspects of using reasonable force; methods of arrest; proper and safe handling of lethal and non-lethal weapons; legal and moral aspects of using weapons; and professional and personal obligation of the peace officer to society. Felony conviction prohibits enrollment. Petition to repeat intended for legally mandated certification training.

ADJUS-221 Legal Aspects of Evidence

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU (C-ID: AJ 124)

This course will teach the student an overview of the statutory, constitutional, and judicial rules which govern the admissibility of evidence in the courtroom. The legal aspects of evidence comprise an important body of knowledge for law enforcement officers who are in the course of an investigation. A proper understanding of these rules enhances the successful presentation of testimonial, documentary, real and physical evidence in a criminal prosecution; promotes due process of law.

ADJUS-222 Basic Investigations

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU (C-ID: AJ 140)

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of investigation; crime scene search and recording; collection and preservation of physical evidence; scientific aids; sources of information; interviews and interrogation; and follow-up case preparation.

ADJUS-223 Community and the Justice System

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC (C-ID: AJ 160)

This course is an overview of multicultural concepts and issues, including those relating to ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual preference, and the application of those concepts and issues to public service disciplines. An examination of community-based strategies, particularly those related to the maintenance of social order.

ADJUS-225 Introduction to Forensic Science

4 Units: 54 hours of lecture, 54 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG, CSU (C-ID: AJ 150)

Prerequisite: ADJUS-121 and ADJUS-122, PHYS-110, CHEM-119, BIOSC-110

and MATH-164

Challenge: Completion of equivalent college level or high school AP courses.

Note: A math and science diagnostic exam may be given.

This course is designed for students who will be completing a certificate program in forensics science. The course begins with an introduction to forensic science and the organization of a crime scene laboratory. It covers the processing of crime scenes and proper collection of physical evidence, types of physical evidence (inorganic, organic, and biological), and the processing of physical evidence using a variety of laboratory and analytical techniques including gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy, microscopy, toxicology, fingerprint analysis, serology, and DNA analysis. The course ends with further studies using the internet as a resource.

ADJUS-251 Terrorism and Mass Destruction Weaponry

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course is an introduction to contemporary terrorism with an emphasis on homegrown violent extremism and weapons of mass destruction. Students will discuss the motivational factors of international and domestic terrorism organizations and how we can leverage disciplines towards a counterterrorism profession. This course meets the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services requirement for training in weapons of mass destruction.

ADJUS-260 Patrol Procedures

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

This course involves an examination of the philosophy, principles, and practices of community policing as well as a discussion of the responsibilities, techniques, and methods of police patrol. Emphasis is placed on strategies designed to engage and assist a community in the development and implementation of solutions to police-related problems. Operations, supervision, professionalism, ethics and leadership within the context of contemporary policing are studied.

ADJUS-298 Independent Study

.2-4 Units: 3.6-72 hours of independent study, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Educational contract of study signed by an instructor, department chair, division dean and vice president. Topics must extend beyond regular course offerings.

This course is designed for selected students to pursue independent study in administration of justice under the direction of an instructor.