Administration of Justice

Higher Education Center At Otay Mesa

Dean: Silvia Cornejo, M.A.

Department Chair: Ronald Ungar, M.A.

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/hecomlocation

Office: 4118D, (619) 216-6755

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/eEXhVUZXRY32

General Description

Administration of justice and Criminal Justice are the study of theories, concepts, statutes, laws, procedures, and methodologies governing the criminal justice system. These programs explore the historical development of criminal law, the interrelationship between criminal law and the criminal justice system, and its contemporary application in juvenile and adult crime.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the administration of justice or criminal justice majors. Many require an associate degree, some require a bachelor’s degree, and a few of these require a graduate-level degree: adjudicator/judge, arson investigator, bar examiner, border patrol officer/INS agent, correctional officer, crime laboratory/evidence technologist, customs agent, district attorney, lawyer/prosecutor/public defender, forensic scientist, FBI/Treasury/Secret Service agent, U.S. Marshal, fraud/forgery investigator, parole/probation officer, police officer, sheriff, postal inspector, and traffic officer.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)
Administration of Justice (SB1440) 01251
Associate in Arts Degree: Transfer Preparation
Administration of Justice: Criminal Justice 01250
Associate in Science: Career/Technical
Administration of Justice: Corrections Emphasis 02521
Administration of Justice: Forensics Emphasis 02522
Administration of Justice: Law Enforcement Emphasis 02523
Administration of Justice: Crime Scene Investigator B2705
Certificates of Achievement
Administration of Justice: Corrections Emphasis 02700
Administration of Justice: Forensics Emphasis 02713
Administration of Justice: Law Enforcement Emphasis 02710
Administration of Justice: Crime Scene Investigator B2706

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

AJ 30

PENAL CODE 832-ARREST AND FIREARMS

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Student must be 18 years of age, no felony convictions, fingerprinting, and criminal background investigation required.

Lecture 4 hours, laboratory 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Provides orientation and basic training in laws of arrest, search and seizure, discretionary decision making, police ethics, firearms, and other matters required under California Penal Code 832. [D]

AJ 32

PRE-ACADEMY FIRE, POLICE, AND EMS FITNESS AND NUTRITION

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Explores the theory and application of cardiovascular fitness and strength training for individuals wanting to get physically and mentally prepared to attend a Police or Fire Academy or for a career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Includes an introduction to nutrition and wellness. [D] (Same as: EMT 32;FS 32)

AJ 41

BASIC POLICE ACADEMY I

12.5 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Student must be 18 years of age with no felony convictions, possess a valid driver's license, and be a high school graduate.

Lecture 8 hours, laboratory 14 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the first of two courses required by POST (Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training) to meet the peace officer training certificate requirements. Provides information regarding entry level peace officer training related to such topics as the varied laws, victim management, criminal investigations, and custodial situations. [D]

AJ 42

BASIC POLICE ACADEMY II

12.5 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: AJ 41 or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Student must be 18 years of age with no felony convictions, possess a valid driver's license, and be a high school graduate.

Lecture 8 hours, laboratory 14 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides the second part of a concentrated two-semester program of study that satisfies the entry-level requirements to become a peace officer. Includes emphasis on officer survival skills. Program is certified by POST (Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training). [D]

AJ 66

LAW ENFORCEMENT REQUALIFICATION

6 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: AJ 41 and 42, or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: 1.

Lecture 6 hours, laboratory 1 hour

Offered: ALL

[ Student must be 18 years of age with no felony convictions, possess a valid driver's license, and be a high school graduate. 2. Six-Year Exception: Individuals who successfully completed a Regular Basic Course (RBC), Specialized Investigators' Basic Course (SIBC), or the Basic Course Waiver process on or after July 1, 1999, but who never served in a position for which a Regular or Specialized Investigators' Basic Course was required by law, may requalify by completing the POST Requalification Course one time within six years from the date of basic course or waiver process completion. After six years, those individuals must complete the appropriate basic course (RBC or SIBC) to requalify, regardless of when the Requalification Course was completed. ] Provides updated information for this requalification course based on Peace Officers Training and Standards (P.O.S.T.) regulation 1008. Emphasizes critical manipulative skills related to officer safety, civil liability, and other police-related topics. [ND]

AJ 110

ETHICS AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Explores ethics and ethical practices in our government, schools, businesses, and the Administration of Justice system. Includes an in-depth look at the influences created by various segments in society and how these influences impact members of the Administration of Justice profession and their conduct. [D; CSU; C-ID AJ 110]

AJ 111

INTRODUCTION TO ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the history and philosophy of criminal justice with an overview of the criminal justice system identifying the various segments and the roles and interrelationships: overview of crime, criminals and causal theories, jurisdiction of local, state, federal criminal justice agencies, survey of professional career opportunities, and ethics and professionalism. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID AJ 110]

AJ 113

CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes investigation of correctional institutions in the U.S. with particular emphasis on trends and application at the county, state, and federal institutional levels. Includes field trips to institutions added as part of curriculum offering. Provides a discussion of correctional employees' responsibilities. [D; CSU; C-ID AJ 200]

AJ 114

FUNDAMENTALS OF CRIME AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Explores the historical and contemporary explanations of crime causation. Includes the fundamentals of criminality with an emphasis on criminal career typologies. [D; CSU; UC]

AJ 115

ADULT PROBATION, PRISON, AND PAROLE

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Explores the history, philosophy, and administration of adult probation, prison, and parole. Includes the principles of investigation, supervision and socialized treatment as practiced in probation, prison, and parole. [D; CSU]

AJ 151

CONCEPTS OF CRIMINAL LAW

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $2

Recommended Preparation: AJ 111 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides an overview of historical development and philosophy of criminal law and key constitutional provisions. Includes study of legal definitions, classification of crime, legal research, case law methodology, and concepts of law as a social force. Also provides study of important criminal statutes and their relevant application in the criminal justice system. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID AJ 120]

AJ 156

LEGAL ASPECTS OF EVIDENCE

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $2

Recommended Preparation: AJ 110 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes the origin, philosophy, development, and trends of the constitutional basis of evidence. Focuses on the kinds and degrees of evidence and the rules governing the admissibility of evidence in court, judicial decisions interpreting individual rights, and case studies. [D; CSU; C-ID AJ 124]

AJ 161

PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: AJ 111 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Explores the many functions of the varied criminal justice systems throughout the country, with special reference to California. Examines the adjudication process from arrest to release from custody. Studies constitutions of the United States and California and their relationship to the criminal justice system. [D; CSU; C-ID AJ 122]

AJ 166

PRINCIPLES OF INVESTIGATION

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $2

Recommended Preparation: AJ 111 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides the fundamentals of investigation, crime scene examination, and recording. Includes collection and preservation of physical evidence, scientific aids, general procedures involved in the investigation of major crimes, procedures involved in preparing cases for court, and general duties and problems of the detective. Appropriate for paralegals, private investigators, insurance investigators, law enforcement, and criminologists. [D; CSU; C-ID AJ 140]

AJ 167

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION IN ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: ENGL 71 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College English Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Designed for students enrolled in technical or vocational career programs such as, but not limited to, Administration of Justice. Stresses clear, correct, well-organized expression of ideas in writing. Includes origination and preparation of written communications required by criminal justice personnel. Uses word processor with legal format. [D; CSU]

AJ 171

EVIDENCE TECHNOLOGY

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $5

Prerequisite: AJ 166 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: SPRING

Provides a working understanding of the elements, required skills, and future trends of evidence technology. Focuses on the specific areas of the forensic sciences that apply to career choices in field evidence technology, law enforcement, and private investigations. [D; CSU; C-ID AJ 150]

AJ 181

JUVENILE LAW AND PROCEDURES

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides a review of the organization, functions, and procedures of juvenile justice including: juvenile statutes, custody, detention, court processing of juveniles, probation practices, adult treatment, and case dispositions. [D; CSU; C-ID AJ 220]

AJ 188

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Focuses on an overview of the historical and modern communication between the criminal justice system and the community. Emphasizes an understanding of the social and ethnic sub-cultures in our society and their relationships with the Administration of Justice process. Examines the complex, dynamic relationship between communities and the justice system in addressing crime and conflict with an emphasis on the challenges and prospects of administering justice within a diverse multicultural population. [D; CSU; C-ID AJ 160]

AJ 216

LATENT FINGERPRINT EXAMINER

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Covers history and application of fingerprint identification, fingerprint comparison, and classification. Includes the recognition of patterns, and use of the Henry Classification system and national systems for recording and storing fingerprints. [D]

AJ 222

DIGITAL FORENSIC PHOTOGRAPHY

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: AJ 166 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes training and practical experience in digital forensic photography. Focuses on crime scene investigation and laboratory applications. Provides instruction in the use of 35mm, digital and video photography under various circumstances and lighting conditions. Provides instruction on the use of computer software and proper use of camera accessories. [D; CSU] (Formerly: AJ 221)

AJ 252

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Involves the study of fundamental rights as provided by the U.S. Constitution with emphasis on the Bill of Rights. Helps students develop an understanding of the role of the courts and key court cases interpreting individual rights. [D; CSU]

AJ 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of administration of justice of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU]

FACULTY

David Caspi, J.D., Ph.D.
dcaspi@swccd.edu

Jamie Ledezma, B.A., J.D.
jledezma@swccd.edu

Michael Speyrer, B.P.A., M.B.A.
mspeyrer@swccd.edu