ADMJUS-101 - Introduction to Administration of Justice - Brian Hospodar
|Introduction to Administration of Justice
You're in the right place. Here, we will unpack the essence of what it means to work inside the criminal justice system. This is a place to develop pride in serving society. To honor our Constitution. We do this by developing the skills required of a professional. Some of those skills center around conducting or overseeing thorough investigations leading to arrests and convictions of those who choose to be predators. Those who consciously destabilize the peace and balance of community and our society. You may be here to discover whether you should pursue a career in this profession. This course will help you decide and will also allow you to experience the satisfaction of knowing that this work serves a greater good. While addressing students, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Philosopher, Dr. Albert Schweitzer said, "But I know one thing: the only ones of you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." People who choose criminal justice as a profession, and then serve, are happy people. Coming into the knowledge that what you do does profoundly serve humanity... is perhaps the greatest reward. I look forward to the journey with you.
A member of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) since 1980. A third-generation cop, I have extensive investigative, supervisory and operational experience, and have conducted complex investigations into criminal activity while assigned to Major Crimes, Vice, and Narcotics Divisions. I've been a Patrol Supervisor, Venice Beach Detail Supervisor, VICE Supervisor, and Detective in Narcotics, Counter-Terrorism, and Transnational Organized Crime.
I have developed relationships and worked closely with a number of federal and municipal law enforcement agencies having held a U.S. Government clearance. I was also selected by the State Department to work for the United Nations investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I lived for one-year in the war-torn former Yugoslavia preparing criminal cases for the World Court at the Hague. This experience allowed me a unique international law enforcement perspective. I co-started the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA), Sensitive Investigations Unit (SIU) as a Task Force Officer. Our mission at SIU was to investigate transnational organized crime syndicates trafficking drugs to support world-wide terrorism.
Much of my work has focused on transforming law enforcement from within the institution. I have developed several law enforcement courses addressing significant strategic needs and wrote the LAPD’s ‘Supervisory Guide to Discipline’ and ‘Search Warrant Manual’. I have taught Recruit, In-service, Supervisory, Civilian, Management, and Command College courses at the Los Angeles Police Academy. I am an Instructor for the Los Angeles County Regional Training Center teaching in-service courses to Police Officers. I hold a B.S. in Business Management. I am also a Certified Yoga instructor teaching cops to de-escalate from the inside-out.
Introduces the history, philosophy, and practical aspects of the U.S. criminal justice system, including related subsystems, concepts, terms, and theories of law enforcement, the judiciary, and correctional systems.
This course will use the Socratic method which is a form of cooperative argumentative dialogue designed to stimulate critical thinking to draw out ideas and underlying presumptions. We will use case studies, case briefs, critical incidents, and practical applications to identify and analyze the relevant legal, social, and ethical issues presented in relation to the criminal justice system. This interactive approach is designed to enhance your problem-solving skills and to acquire skills as they relate to conducting investigations relying on fact-based evidence, legal reasoning, and effective written and oral communication.
What to Expect in this Course
This is class is taught in several different formats including traditional In-person classes, Online classes, and Online Live classes. This class is also taught as a full semester and short-term class. Please check the course section for the course you enrolled in.
Types of Assessments
GRADING: In assigning the final grade, I will look at your understanding of the material through assignments as well as your contributions to the class. Assessment of your performance will be based on journals, quizzes, exams, current events, and participation in discussions. Your grade will be based on the total accumulation of course points listed in the syllabus.
Fundamentals of Criminal Justice
Authors: Steven BARKIN and George BRYJAK
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Other Relevant Course Information
This course will use the Socratic method which is a form of cooperative argumentative dialogue designed to stimulate critical thinking to draw out ideas and underlying presumptions.
If there are any questions regarding this Orientation Letter, please email me at Brian.Hospodar@canyons.edu. Remember, I am here to help you do your personal best! Enjoy your journey!
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Last updated: 08/09/2022 Sub#: 1436