Introduction to Criminal Justice

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Criminal Justice

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Overview of the American criminal justice system. Examination of its various phases: investigation and detection of crimes by the police; prosecution of alleged offenders; adjudication of cases by courts; imprisonment of convicted offenders; re-integration. Study of the role, organization, ethics and limitations of law enforcement, courts and corrections. Study of their interactions and interdependence. Emphasis on the IV and V Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

    This course provides students with a thorough knowledge of the American criminal justice system and particularly of the role and function of its three sub-systems namely police, courts and corrections. Students become familiar with the various steps that follow the commission of a crime and the rules that govern each phase of the formal justice process. The course shows the relevance of social sciences, particularly sociology, in issues of criminal justice.

    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Distinguish the various perspectives and the formal steps ofthe American criminal justice;
    2. Analyze the role, function, ethics and limitations of each basic component of the criminal justice system, namely police, courts and corrections;
    3. Explain the concepts of search and seizure under the IV Amendment as well as the principle against selfincrimination under the V Amendment;
    4. Assess existing processes, practices and policies in an era of widespread protection of civil liberties and technological advances.

    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    • Classes will consist of lectures and class discussions on selected topics.
    • Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their lecturer, where they can address issues and ask questions pertinent to the course material.
    • Use of a blackboard site, where instructors post lecture notes, assignment instructions, timely 
    2 announcements, as well as additional resources.


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