College of the Siskiyous

ADJ 1517 - Community Relations

Online Course Information

Spring 2020 (Section #3046)

Course Description:
This course examines the complex, dynamic relationship between communities and the criminal justice system. The course addresses crime and conflict with an emphasis on the challenges and prospects of administering justice within a diverse multicultural population. Emphasis will be placed upon the professional image of the criminal justice system and the development of positive relationships between this system and the public.

Additional Information: This course will be taught using Canvas our Learning Management System (LMS). Canvas will be utilized for submission of homework, quizzes, and other assignments. If you have questions about this class, please email the instructor at

Required Textbook: Multicultural Law Enforcement: Strategies for Peacekeeping in a Diverse Society. Shusta, Levine, Wong, Olson, & Harris. 6th ed. Prentice Hall. ISBN: 978-0-13-348330-7.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO's)

  • Explain the history and evolution of the diversity of cultures in the U.S. and the challenges presented by a multicultural society.
  • Recognized the key cultural issues, such as customs, beliefs and traditions,that pose potential conflict between diverse communities and the courts, police and corrections.
  • Assess the current strategies employed by the criminal justice system in providing equity and fairness for all people in a multicultural society.
  • Analyze the personal, social, or historical biases and prejudices that influence community relations with the justice system.

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