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CTE/Skilled & Technical Sciences Education Curriculum Introduction to Criminal Justice
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Core Standards of the Course

Strand 1
Students will be able to understand basic criminal justice.

Standard 1
Constitution as a foundation for Criminal Justice.

Standard 2
Understanding the Criminal Justice System.

Standard 3
Three components (police, courts, and corrections).

Strand 2
Students will be able to understand crime: Part 1 and Part 2.

Standard 1
Part 1 crime the eight violent crimes.

Standard 2
Part 2 crime non-violent crimes.

Standard 3
Understanding why there is crime in American Society.

Standard 4
History of crime.

Standard 5
Crime statistics and reporting of crime.

Standard 6
Effects of crime in America.

Strand 3
Students will be able to understand Criminal Law.

Standard 1
History of Criminal Law.

Standard 2
Principles of Criminal Law.

Standard 3
Understanding the Bill of Rights.

Standard 4
Evolution of Criminal Law.

Strand 4
Students will be able to understand Police Components.

Standard 1
Police: functions and role in society.

Standard 2
Police and the law.

Standard 3
Executive branch.

Strand 5
Students will be able to understand the Judicial System.

Standard 1
3 court jurisdictions (general, limited, appellate).

Standard 2
Court proceedings (local, limited, appellate).

Standard 3

Strand 6
Students will be able to understand Corrections and the Community.

Standard 1
Probation and parole.

Standard 2
The juvenile justice system.

Standard 3
Incarceration: jail vs. prison.

Standard 4

Strand 7
Students will be able to understand Terrorism within the United States.

Standard 1
History of terrorism.

Standard 2
Reactions from policing.

Standard 3
Consequences within society.

Strand 8
Students will understand the importance of career readiness skills as it relates to the workplace and outlined in the SkillsUSA Framework Level 1.

Standard 1
Understand and demonstrate the attitude of cooperation.

  1. Develop awareness of cultural diversity and equality issues.
  2. Demonstrate effective communication with others.
  3. Apply team skills to a group project.
  4. Identify and apply conflict resolution skills.

Standard 2
Understand and demonstrate the ability of being resourceful and innovative.

  1. Discover self-motivation techniques and establish short-term goals.
  2. Measure/modify short-term goals.
  3. Review a professional journal and develop a three- to five-minute presentation.

Standard 3
Plan for your future career.

  1. Complete a self-assessment and identify individual learning styles.
  2. Define future occupations.
  3. Identify the components of an employment portfolio.
  4. List proficiency in program competencies.
  5. Complete a survey for employment opportunities.
  6. Create a job application.
  7. Assemble your employment portfolio.
  8. Employability skills: evaluate program comprehension.

Standard 4
Understand and demonstrate the ability to manage a project.

  1. Apply team skills to a group project.
  2. Observe and critique a meeting.
  3. Demonstrate business meeting skills.
  4. Explore supervisory and management roles in an organization.
  5. Identify and apply conflict resolution skills.
  6. Demonstrate evaluation skills.
  7. Manage a project and evaluate others.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - A Bodell and see the CTE/Skilled & Technical Sciences Education website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - THALEA LONGHURST .

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