OTH038: Careers in Criminal Justice

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

For a complete list of the materials to be used in this course by your enrolled student, please visit MyInfo. All lists are subject to change at any time.

Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

Do you want to help prevent crime and maintain order in society? The criminal justice system may be a good career option. The criminal justice system offers a wide range of career opportunities, from law enforcement to forensic scientists to lawyers and judges. In this course, students will explore different areas of the criminal justice system, including the trial process, the juvenile justice system, and the correctional system. Careers in each area will be explored and students will learn more about the expectations and training required for various career options in the criminal justice field.

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Course Length

One Semester

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Course Outline

Unit One: Overview of Criminal Justice

Unit Two: US Laws: Freedom versus Responsibility

Unit Three: Inside a Criminal Trial Unit Three: Inside a Criminal Trial

Unit Four: The Juvenile Justice System

Unit Five: Jails, Prisons, and Community Corrections

Careers in Criminal Justice Midterm Exam

Unit Six: Careers in Criminal Justice

Unit Seven: Evaluating Justice Ethics

Unit Eight: People Skills in Criminal Justice

Unit Nine: Communication in Criminal Justice

Unit Ten: Finding Employment in Criminal Justice

Careers in Criminal Justice Final Exam

Course Objectives

  • Identify the history and goals of the criminal justice system.
  • Discuss how political, moral, and economic concerns lead to the development of laws.
  • Describe the history of corrections.
  • Describe the parts and functions of the criminal justice system.
  • Identify constitutional law as it applies to the criminal justice system.
  • Distinguish between state and federal laws.
  • Differentiate between, and identify elements of, civil and criminal law.
  • Discuss the impact of local ordinances.
  • Describe criminal law procedures in Florida.
  • Describe the federal court system as it applies to the criminal justice system.
  • Describe the Florida court system as it applies to the criminal justice system.
  • Describe the pretrial, trial, and post-trial processes.
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of the people involved in the trial processes.
  • Demonstrate courtroom demeanor and participate in a mock trial.
  • Identify the programs and agencies within the juvenile justice system and describe their roles and responsibilities.
  • Identify law enforcement procedures related to juvenile delinquency.
  • Discuss Florida's juvenile court system, including procedures and alternative programs.
  • Discuss the juvenile corrections system, including alternative programs.
  • Analyze current trends in juvenile justice.
  • Differentiate between local, state, and federal correctional systems.
  • Compare and contrast different types of prison and community-based programs.
  • Identify major correctional operations procedures and programs.
  • Debate legal issues concerning the rights of inmates and the duties and responsibilities of correctional officers.
  • Analyze current trends in correctional reform.
  • Identify and describe career opportunities in the criminal justice system.
  • Identify the prerequisites for job entry into the criminal justice system.
  • Identify the leadership opportunities, benefits, and awards available through participation in public service associations.
  • Define ethics.
  • Discuss ethics as it relates to the criminal justice system.
  • Evaluate ethical issues in the criminal justice system.
  • Apply standards of professionalism in the criminal justice system.
  • Identify and apply strategies for working well with others.
  • Identify personal stressors and evaluate methods for resolution.
  • Identify and plan solutions for situations that require crisis management and conflict resolution.
  • Identify the interpersonal skills, work habits, and ethics necessary for ongoing employment in an environment of human diversity.
  • Explain the purpose and demonstrate the use of communication codes and the phonetic alphabet.
  • Cultivate and document confidential informants.
  • Identify interviewing techniques used with witnesses and victims.
  • Identify the unique interpersonal skills required in communicating with inmates.
  • Identify sources of information for employment opportunities in the field of criminal justice.
  • Identify advanced career options and training opportunities in the criminal justice profession.
  • Conduct a job search and identify the training, experience, and other qualifications required for different positions.
  • Secure information about a particular job.
  • Complete a job resume.
  • Complete a job application.
  • Apply effective job interview techniques.
  • Describe how to make job changes appropriately.
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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling