Introduction to Criminal Justice
Seoul, South Korea
Area of Study
Criminal Justice, Justice Studies
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
This course provides the student with an overview of the U.S. Criminal Justice System and some discussion of criminal justice practices elsewhere in the world. Throughout the course a number of different phenomena pertaining to the criminal justice system will be covered inclusive of but not limited to: the history of the criminal justice system, criminal law, the criminal courts, the police, jails, and prisons. The student will become familiar with the U.S. criminal justice system, its various parts, and some of the differences between the U.S. system and systems elsewhere in the world. Both positive and negative features of criminal justice practices will be discussed.
Course Objectives: This course has been designed to help the student achieve the following:
1.) A basic understanding of what constitutes crime and how society, by means of the criminal justice system, deals with crime. The focus of the class will be on the U.S. criminal justice system, though criminal justice practices elsewhere in the world will be discussed.
2.) A basic understanding of the history of and philosophy behind the criminal justice system.
3.) A basic knowledge of the criminal justice system and its various components.
4.) A basic understanding of the purpose and functions of the key components of the criminal justice system (law enforcement, the criminal court system, and the correctional system).
5.) An awareness of some of the critical issues facing the criminal justice system.
As a student enrolled in this course there are a number of expectations made of you. Specifically, throughout the duration of this course you are expected to:
1.) Attend class on a regular basis and in a punctual manner (i.e., be on time).
2.) Read the assigned chapter(s) from the text prior to the class period during which they will be covered. You will also be expected to be prepared to ask and answer questions pertaining to the assigned chapter(s) and discuss the views and information presented in the chapter(s).
3.) Critically examine, compare, and contrast the information and views presented in lecture and in the text.
4.) Develop your own understanding of the criminal justice system, its components, the critical issues facing the criminal justice system today, and the strengths and weaknesses of the criminal justice system.
5.) Turn all cell phones/smart phones off (or to silence) prior to entering the classroom.
6.) Ask Questions. If something is covered in lecture or discussion which you do not adequately understand, ask a question. Chances are, if you do not understand something, there are several of your fellow students who are in the same situation. The grade you receive in this course will be determined largely by your mastering of the information presented. If something is covered in class which you do not understand, it is in your best interest to ask about.
As a student enrolled in this course you are expected to actively engage in the class. This means asking relevant questions, making relevant comments, and, of course, being on time and attending class on a regular basis. The instructor of this course reserves the right to call on students individually to ask questions pertaining to the materials covered.
Attendance Policy: Class attendance will be taken regularly for a few reasons: (1) To help the professor learn the names of the students, (2) To help determine the students’ attendance/participation score, and (3) To determine whether a student is eligible for credit for the class. As per the Academic Policy of Korea University, a student must attend at least 70% of all class sessions to receive a passing grade for the class.
Class attendance is an essential element of the educational process. Missing classes may put the student at risk as the exams will cover materials from lecture which are not included in the text. Emergencies do occur, however, and in order to compensate for this fact each student is entitled to miss up to two class sessions without a reduction in the attendance/participation score. As each student is allowed to miss up to two class sessions, no excuses are necessary: any absences beyond those may result in a reduced attendance/participation score. The allowance of two missed classes does not affect the minimum attendance required to receive credit for the class.
Students should also be aware that:
1.) Excessive tardiness may result in a reduced final grade.
2.) Sleeping in class may result in a reduced final grade.
3.) Refusal to participate in class discussions/debates may result in a reduced final grade.
4.) Inappropriate talking/behaviors during class may result in a reduced final grade.
5.) Having a cell/smart phone which frequently rings in class can result in a reduced final grade.
Examinations: Each exam will cover materials presented in LECTURE and in the TEXTS. Throughout the course a variety of materials NOT found in the text will be presented in lecture. You are responsible for knowing these materials and will be tested on them. Also, throughout the course you will be expected to read materials NOT covered in lecture and will be responsible for knowing these materials as well (and will similarly be tested on them).
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.