This cluster will prepare students for careers in law enforcement, crime scene analysis, forensic science, public safety, and criminal justice. This course emphasizes procedures and laws governing the application of justice in the United States, from constitutional rights to crisis scenario management to the elements of criminal investigations. Careers include crime lab technician, police officer, security officer, and corrections officer.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE I
One Semester 1 credit Grade 10-11
Criminal Justice I is an introductory course designed to prepare students to pursue careers in the fields of law enforcement, legal services, corrections, and security. Upon completion of this course, a proficient student will be able to identify careers in these fields, summarize the laws that govern the application of justice, and draw key connections between the history of the criminal justice system and the modern legal system. In addition, students will model the professional, moral, and ethical standards required of professionals in the fields of law, legal services, corrections, and security.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE II
One Semester 1 credit Grade 10-12
Prerequisite: Criminal Justice I
Criminal Justice II is the second course in this program of study. It serves as a comprehensive survey of how the law enforcement, legal, and correctional systems interact with each other in the United States. Current issues will be researched in the context of local, state, and federal laws. Investigative skills will be developed in the areas of drug use, incident documentation and basic crime scene investigation. Additionally, upon completion of the course, students will understand the importance of communications and professionalism in law enforcement. Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy inTechnical Subjects.
SDC CRIMINAL JUSTICE
One Semester 1 credit EPSO Grade 11-12
Prerequisite: Criminal Justice II
SDC Criminal Justice is an integrated survey of the law and justice systems for students interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement and legal services. From initial crisis scenario management to arrest, transport, trial, and corrections, procedures and laws governing the application of justice in the United States are examined in detail, with special emphasis on the best practices and professional traits required of law enforcement and legal professionals. This course prepares students for advanced work in crime scene analysis and forensic science, and offers strong knowledge and skill preparation for postsecondary or career opportunities in associated fields. Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in Technical Subjects.
Last Updated: 17 February 2021