Clackamas Community College

Criminal Justice (CJA)

CJA-101  Criminology  
4 credits, Fall/Winter/Spring  

Examines the social problem of crime, including the process of making and breaking laws as well as society's reaction to the phenomenon. Provides a multidisciplinary study of the causes of crime, including its distribution across social strata and demographics. Focuses on theories of criminal behavior and specific types of crime.

CJA-110  Introduction to Law Enforcement  
3 credits, Fall  

Explores theories, philosophies, and concepts of American law enforcement. This course also examines the history of law enforcement, specific components of the system, public safety responses, and the professionals charged with peace keeping.

CJA-112  Patrol Procedures  
3 credits, Not Offered Every Year  

Describes the nature and purpose of patrol activities for the law enforcement officer. Includes routine patrol, emergency procedures and different types of patrols. Examines crime prevention theory and community policing.

CJA-120  Introduction to Courts  
3 credits, Winter  

Studies the judicial process from arrest through appeals, including search and seizure; interrogation; roles of defense attorneys, prosecutors, juries, grand juries, and judges; plea bargaining and guilty pleas; rights of criminal defendants at trial; appeals and habeas corpus.

CJA-122  Criminal Law  
4 credits, Fall  

This course examines the elements, purpose and functions of criminal, traffic, juvenile and liquor laws. Studies historical development, philosophy of law, and constitutional provisions. Examines definition and classification of crime, application of administration of justice, legal research, study of case law, methodology and concepts of law as a social force.

CJA-130  Introduction to Corrections  
3 credits, Spring  

Examines the history, organization, and development of corrections in the United States, including sentencing, incarceration, community corrections and the juvenile justice system. Reviews the use of the death penalty. Identifies trends in corrections.

CJA-134  Correctional Institutions  
3 credits, Winter  

Analyzes prisons, jails and other correctional institutions. Discusses punishment history and rationale. Identifies the functions of the custodial staff and describes institutional procedures: reception, classification, program assignment and release. Studies prison management systems and examines juvenile facilities.

CJA-137  Mass Murder and Serial Killers  
3 credits, Summer  

Explores the phenomenon of both mass murders and serial killings, and the impact each has both upon society and individual victims. Examines recent and historically notorious cases, while probing issues such as causation, social environmental linkage, and the mindset of offenders. May be repeated for up to 3 credits.

CJA-170  Careers in Criminal Justice  
3 credits, Winter  

Prepares students for pursuing a career in the Criminal Justice field. Explores careers in the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, the practice of law, courts, corrections, and private security. Addresses hiring processes, promotions, and workplace ethics. Students will begin creating an e-portfolio. As part of the e-portfolio process, students will analyze first year CJA courses and second year fall term CJA courses for assessment purposes. Provides information on choosing Cooperative Work Experience or Service learning placement in preparation for Criminal Justice Capstone course.

Prerequisites: CJA-110 with a C or better  
CJA-200  Community Policing  
3 credits, Spring  

Examines interrelationships and role expectations of agencies and public policy. Explores racial and community tension, bias-based policing, community policing, police misconduct, evidence-based policing and best practices in law enforcement.

Prerequisites: CJA-110 with a C or better  
CJA-201  Juvenile Delinquency  
4 credits, Winter/Spring  

Surveys the nature, extent, and causes of delinquent behavior focusing on theories of criminal behavior as they apply to juveniles. Studies historical and contemporary perspectives on juvenile offenders. Provides a multidisciplinary study of the causes of juvenile delinquency. Describes laws, enforcement, court, and correctional procedures within the juvenile system, and explores the differences between adult and juvenile practices.

CJA-203  Crisis Intervention  
3 credits, Winter  

Examines crisis intervention as it applies to emergency service workers. Includes the psychodynamics of family crisis; alcohol/drug related problems; suicide; sexual assault victims; domestic violence; mentally disturbed individuals; neglected, battered, and abused children.

Prerequisites: CJA-110 with a C or better  
CJA-210  Criminal Investigation I  
3 credits, Fall  

Introduces the history, theory and principles of criminal investigation in the criminal justice system. Describes crime scene investigation and courtroom aspects of crime scenes including interviews, evidence, follow-up, case preparation, and investigative techniques.

Prerequisites: CJA-110 with a C or better  
CJA-211  Criminal Investigation II  
3 credits, Winter  

Continues the study and application of investigative techniques for specific offenses, including: death investigations, domestic violence, elder abuse and sexual offenses. Identifies similarities, differences, and elements of proof needed under state statutes and documentation of investigations through comprehensive reports.

Prerequisites: CJA-210 with a C or better  
CJA-212  Criminal Investigation III  
3 credits, Spring  

Continues the study and application of investigative techniques acquired in CJA-210 Criminal Investigation I and CJA-211 Criminal Investigation II. Includes "hands-on" application of investigative processes from a practical aspect, including: search warrant writing, fingerprinting, evidence collection, and crime scene photography, diagramming and reconstruction.

Prerequisites: CJA-210 and CJA-211 with a C or better  
CJA-213  Interview & Interrogation  
3 credits, Not Offered Every Year  

Examines the dynamics of interviews and interrogations including common processes, approaches and techniques. Ethical, legal and psychological issues are also considered. Includes methods of how to analyze statements and behavior for deception and truthfulness.

CJA-214  Intimate Partner Violence  
3 credits, Fall  

This course will analyze the historical, social, legal, and psychological aspects of Intimate Partner Violence. Includes definitions of the problem, demographics, survivors, perpetrators, children who witness, strategies and tactics of abuse and survival, and core strategies for legal intervention.

Prerequisites: CJA-203 or HS-100  
CJA-215  Sexual Abuse and Human Trafficking  
3 credits, Spring  

This course will explore various aspects of sexual abuse cases and human trafficking in the state of Oregon and the U.S., including discussion of societal and historical perspectives, responses to victim trauma, sexual offenders and law enforcement response to these crimes.

CJA-222  Procedural Law  
3 credits, Winter  

This course discusses the constitutional and statutory provisions related to arrest, search and seizure. The course includes use of deadly force, admissions, interrogations, plain view limitations, law of stop and frisk, and officer testimony.

Prerequisites: CJA-122 with a C or better  
CJA-223  Criminal Justice Ethics  
3 credits, Fall  

Surveys common ethical frameworks and then examines ethical issues, questions, challenges and consequences facing criminal justice professionals, including law enforcement, corrections, the courts and others.

Prerequisites: CJA-110 with a C or better  
CJA-232  Case Management  
3 credits, Spring  

Introduces case management techniques used by corrections and human services professionals in one-on-one and group contacts with clients. Explores a variety of case management materials, with an emphasis placed upon objective case planning and monitoring.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: HS-156  
CJA-243  Drugs, Crime and the Law  
3 credits, Spring  

Examines the most common types of drugs consumed in the U.S. and societal problems related to drug use. Discusses potential crimes associated with drugs, and law enforcement strategies used to address drug manufacturing, distribution and use.

Prerequisites: CJA-110 with a C or better  
CJA-250  Reporting, Recording & Testifying  
4 credits, Spring  

Surveys documentation skills in criminal justice professions. Verbal, nonverbal and written forms of criminal justice related workplace communication are studied and practiced, including communicating with the public, basic interviewing, documentation, courtroom testimony, and report writing.

Prerequisites: WR-121 with a C or better  
CJA-252  Introduction to Restorative Justice  
3 credits, Fall  

Provides a critical introduction to restorative justice. Covers fundamental values and principles of restorative justice, and the experience and interests of key stakeholders (victims, offenders, communities, and systems).

CJA-270  Criminal Justice Capstone  
3 credits, Spring  

This course applies and assesses the knowledge and skills gained by students who are completing the criminal justice program. Students will complete analyses of second year criminal justice courses, will review program learning outcomes, complete and present an e-portfolio, and take an exit examination.

Prerequisites: CJA-170  
CJA-280  Criminal Justice/Corrections/CWE  
2-6 credits, Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer  

Cooperative work experience. Supervised experience in criminal justice, corrections, juvenile corrections, or related occupations. Variable Credit: 2-6 credits. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. Required: Student Petition.

Prerequisites: CJA-170
Corequisites: CWE-281
  
CJA-281  Criminal Justice/Corrections/CWE  
2-6 credits, Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer  

Cooperative work experience. Supervised experience in criminal justice, corrections, juvenile corrections, or related occupations. Variable Credit: 2-6 credits. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. Required: Student Petition.

Prerequisites: CJA-170 and CJA-280
Corequisites: CWE-281
  
CJA-290  Issues in Criminal Justice  
1-3 credits, Not Offered Every Term  

This course gives students an opportunity to gain knowledge in a specific area relevant to the field of criminal justice. This topic will be pulled from a comprehensive list of areas identified by criminal justice and corrections professionals as having importance for students pursuing work in the field. Variable Credit: 1-3 credits. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.