This course is an introduction and overview of the legal system, the participants, the courtroom process, and post conviction process of the court system. It demonstrates the connection among all participants and how they relate to each other. Additionally, the course covers the history of the court sy
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
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- Describe the history of the court and the common law heritage of the American legal system.
- Describe the hierarchical structure of criminal courts.
- Discuss the differences between state and federal court systems.
- Identify the duties, role, and ethics of the different participants in the courtroom.
- Describe examples of prosecutorial misconduct.
- Describe examples of defense counsel ineffective representation of counsel.
- Compare the various methods of judicial selection.
- Review the elements of a crime and legal defenses.
- Describe the right to bail and types of bail.
- Compare grand jury and preliminary hearings.
- Identify advantages and disadvantages of plea bargaining.
- Identify the major sentencing goals or philosophies.
- Identify the primary types of sanctions.
- Describe the legal factors in sentencing.
- Describe differential treatment of women and minorities.
- Identify legal issues involved with cybercrime.
- Identify the causes of wrongful conviction.
- Explain the use of technology in the courtroom.
A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process. To meet to a course prerequisite requirement, a student must have successfully completed the prerequisite course at University of Phoenix, provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution or have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.
This course requires the prerequisite below. Click on the prerequisite course to review the course topics and objectives.
- CJS/201 – Introduction to Criminal Justice or equivalent
During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative at 866-354-1800.
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