Syllabus for 290


HURS 290 Hum. 222J

Human Services in Criminal Justice Office hours: Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-6:20 Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-3:30, Also by appointment.

Instructor: Virgil Adams, III MA


Office Phone: (714) 484-7000 Ext. 48220

3 units transfer credit

Prerequisite: None


Albanese, Jay S., Criminal Justice 4th. Edition

Massachusetts Allyn and Bacon 2008

Course Description:

This course will survey the historical, theoretical, and philosophical aspects of criminal behavior and the functions and objectives of parole and probation. Students will examine the skills requirements, the major tasks and responsibilities, the role and function and overall mission of service provider in the criminal justice system. The judicial system and its relationship to the criminal offender will be examined as well as modern approaches in the control of crime. Resources for re-socializing the offender will be explored.

Instructional Objectives:

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Analyze the major historical milestones of the justice system in California and the United States of America.
  2. Describe the current trends in the justice system in both the United States and California.
  3. Evaluates the roles and analyze the relationship of the following components in the correctional system:
    1. Jails
    2. Institutions
    3. District Attorney
    4. Jurisdictional Hearing
    5. Police Departments
    6. Community Agencies
    7. Probation Departments
    8. Department of Corrections
    9. Juvenile Justice Agencies
    10. Detention Hearings
  4. Describe the major steps in the correctional system from custody to disposition.
  5. Analyze the major areas of liability of the correctional worker and evaluate the possible consequences associated with each.
  6. Demonstrate “entry level” skills for the correctional worker.

Course Content and Scope:

  1. Introduction to Corrections and Criminal Justice
    1. History of Corrections
    2. Roles of Inter-relationships of Criminal Justice System and Components.
      1. Police
      2. Courts
      3. Corrections
    3. Legal foundations for the Criminal Justice System
    4. Correctional treatment centers
      1. Halfway Houses
      2. Other alternatives
    5. Penal Code Review
  2. Role of the Correctional Worker Service Provider.
    1. Authority Structures and Responsibility
    2. Security Problems and Predictors
      1. Custody
      2. Supervision
    3. Job Development and Preparation
      1. Goal Setting
      2. Educational Programs
      3. Training Programs
    4. Behavior Observation
    5. Counseling
    6. Daily Supervision
    7. Group and Individual Casework Management
      1. Information
      2. Procedures
      3. Referral
  3. Community Support Agencies
    1. Diversion Programs
    2. Victim and Offender Programs
    3. Mediation/Arbitration
    4. Job training/Vocational Rehabilitation
    5. Probation/Parole

Instructional Methodologies:

  1. Virtual Classroom Instructional Lecture
  2. Threaded discussion with class members.
  3. Internet media feeds with class discussion and critiques.
  4. Threaded Discussion and review unit examinations.

Methods of Evaluation:

  • Virtual Classroom participation (discussion and submission of virtual exercises).
  • Mid-terms and Final Exam (The Final Essay is comprehensive).
  • Completion of assignments displaying critical thinking that focuses on demonstrating historical and philosophical knowledge of issues related to the problems in the field of Criminal Justice.
  • Your participation and completion of assignments is essential to maintaining your presence in the course. The failure to complete two consecutive assignments (two weeks in a row) will result in automatic drop from the course. Please maintain good communication with your instructor at all times!

Class Expectations and Procedures:

  • Academic Honesty Policy
    The college standards of academic honesty will be applied in this class. Academic dishonesty may result in an “F” on all or part of an assignment and referral to the dean. The complete policy may be found in the college catalog, the official publication addressing and guiding academic and student services policies. An electronic copy of the College Catalog is on the college website. The instructor reserves the right to submit student assignments to to check for textural similarities between those assignments, Internet sources and the assignment database. Students will be required to electronically submit their written work for plagiarism checking. Assignments submitted to will become part of their database and will be used only for plagiarism prevention and detection.
  • Student Services: Disability Support Services (DSS)
    A student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact Disability Support Services at (714) 484-7104 or visit DSS on the first floor of the Cypress College Complex, Room 100. For students who have already been determined eligible for DSS services please provide the instructor with the proper form from DSS in a timely manner, at the beginning of the semester and at least one week prior to the verified and identified need.
  • Sexual Harassment/Discrimination Policy
    The North Orange County Community College District Non-Discrimination Statement is found in the college catalog.
  • Student Learning Outcomes
    • Students will learn to identify the three components of the criminal justice system and its functions.
    • Students will be able understand to formation and growth of the history of law enforcement in society.
    • Students will be able to formulate and comprehend the application of theory in the application of crime and human behavior; as to the explanations and prevention strategies.
    • Students will become knowledgeable in the identification and intervention of corruption in law enforcement, courts and corrections in society from the past to present day.

Weekly Assignments:

Date Topics to be covered Text Readings

8-16 Instructor and course introduction. Syllabus

8-18 Prospective on Crime Violence Chapter 1

8-23 The Nature of Crime Chapter 2

8-25 Measuring Crime Chapter 3

8-30 Perpetrators and Victims of Crime Chapter 4

8-30 Complete Exam # I Chap.1-4

9-1 Economic and Political Crime Chapter 17

9-13 Criminal Law Chapter 5

9-15 The Criminal Justice System Chapter 6

9-20 Criminal Procedure and the Police Chapter 7

9-20 Complete Exam # II Chap.5-7

Chap. 17

9-22 Origins and Organization of Law enforcement Chapter 8

9-27 Issues in Law Enforcement and Police Behavior Chapter 9

9-29 Origins and Organization of the Courts Chapter 10

10-4 Trial Defense and Prosecution Chapter 11

10-4 Complete Exam # III Chap. 8, 9,10,11

10-6 Origins and Organization of Jails and Prisons Chapter 13

10-11 Probation and Community Corrections Chapter 14

10-13 Juvenile Justice Chapter 16

10-13 Final Exam Chapter 13,14, 16

(objective, essay, true/false, matching)