TEMPLE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 1001, Section 3
GH 107(Gladfelter Hall)
9:30 am - 10:50 pm Tues—Thurs
John S. Goldkamp
: Gladfelter Hall, 5
Floor, Rm. 524
Gladfelter Hall, 5
Floor, Rm. 561
: goldkamp@ temple.edu
: Tues, Thursday, 3-5 pm & or by appt.;
Ms. Waltman-Spreha: TBA
This course provides an overview of criminal justice in the United States, its major components (law
enforcement, courts and corrections), operations and issues.
It will familiarize students with criminal
justice terminology, basic legal definitions and concepts, and citizens’ legal rights in the criminal
More than providing general background, the course is designed to expose students to
ongoing problems, new developments and major issues in the field.
Please note that this syllabus
may be subject to revision during the semester.
Required and Optional Readings
: Steven P. Lab, Marian R. Williams, Jefferson E. Holcomb, Melissa W. Burek, William K. King,
and Michael E. Buerger. (2011).
Criminal Justice: The Essentials.
Edition. Oxford University
Press. ISBN: 0199737193 (paperback).
: D. Graham Burnett. (2002).
A Trial by Jury.
Vintage. ISBN: 0375727515 (paperback).
Various additional short readings will be assigned during the course of the
semester when relevant to the topic discussion. Such materials may include, but are not limited to,
journal articles, government reports, web-based learning materials, newspaper articles, etc. All
supplemental readings will generally be available on Blackboard under Course Documents.
: Students should read news articles relevant to criminal justice on a regular basis
throughout the semester for class discussion and possible individual assignments relating to current
Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post
New York Times
are recommended as usually
most informative. Try accessing on-line free of charge.
The links to their home pages will be posted
on Blackboard under External Links.
Blackboard, Email and Internet
This course makes use of the Blackboard.temple.edu website for this course.
All students must
activate their student
accounts in order to have access to Blackboard and hence
course materials and announcements.
(Other email accounts cannot
access Blackboard at Temple.)
Important announcements, reminders and supplemental materials will be found at this site as the
In addition, you may wish to email me and/or teaching assistant Ms. Spreha
CJ/1001/003 FALL 2010
Professor John Goldkamp