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Criminal Justice Course Description

CRIMINAL JUSTICE (04165A001 & 15052A001)

Level:

11th & 12th grade

Class Location:

Highland Community College, Freeport

Time:

7:30 - 9:00 a.m., Mon. - Thurs.

Length: 

One year, double period

H.S. Credit:

2 credits per year

Post Sec Credit:

Highland Community College - Dual Credit** 12 credits

HCC Fees:

$535 ($480 tech + $25 Info Tech Fee & activity fees, $30 registration fee per school year), to be paid by student/parent at HCC

Textbook fees:

$500-$725

Calendar:

This course follows the HCC calendar

 

The Criminal Justice program will provide foundational courses for a variety of career pathways, including law enforcement, crime scene investigators, corrections, lawyers, probation and parole officers, security, parks and wildlife, and social work. Course content will include overview and history of institutions, correctional systems, practices, and issues related to criminal justice.  Course content will also focus on principles and functions of crime, acts, mental state, criminal liability, juvenile delinquency, information systems, and criminological theories throughout history to present day.  Topics will also include current trends in U.S. crime rates; patterns of victimization; characteristics of property crimes, violent crimes, substance abuse; and corporate crimes. Students will also be introduced to the topics of cybercrime and cyber security. Dual Credit at HCC: CJS 101, CJS 102, CJS 103  and INFT 180.

 

All accepted students will attend a mandatory orientation meeting prior to the start of classes.

All fees listed for HCC are approximate and are subject to rate changes and textbook pricing at HCC.

 

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE II (15057A001)

Level:

12th grade

Class Location:

Highland Community College, Freeport

Time:

1-2:30 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.  Some courses may be offered online.

Length: 

One year, double period

H.S. Credit:

2 Credits per year

Post Sec Credit:

Highland Community College – 7-10 Dual Credit** credits

Prerequisite:

Completion of Criminal Justice I with a C or better and 95% attendance rate

HCC Fees:

$312-$512 ($280-$480 tech & activity fees, $2 course fee, $30 registration fee per school year), to be paid by student/parent at HCC

Textbook fees:

$300-$400

Calendar:

This course follows the HCC calendar

 

The Criminal Justice II program offers an opportunity to study and examine criminology two days a week in the fall. Criminology is the subfield of sociology that focuses upon crime, law, and social control within the context of social organization and culture. Additionally, two days a week in the fall will focus on independent work toward Physical Fitness 1 and an 8-week online course of First Aid, required courses for degree programs. In the second semester, students will focus on the topic of juvenile justice. Students will develop an understanding of the history of the special social category of juvenile delinquency and the dispensing of juvenile justice in the United States. The evolution of theories and dominant social conceptions are then correlated with practical police, judiciary, and correctional practices. The  spring term course will introduce students to criminal law as an elective course for Criminal Justice certificate, degree and/or transfer program. This course will analyze the principles and functionalities of substantive criminal law, including elements of a crime, acts, mental state, attendant circumstances, and criminal liability.  This course will include evaluation and analysis of crimes against property, habitation, public order, and crimes against persons, and more  Special consideration is given to the criminal law within Illinois. This course may be taught in an online format.  Dual Credit at HCC: CJS 201, 202, 203, HLTH 212 (First Aid), and PHYD 121 (Physical Fitness).

All accepted students will attend a mandatory orientation meeting prior to the start of classes.

All fees listed for HCC are approximate and are subject to rate changes and textbook pricing at HCC.