Criminal Justice Administration

Course Number: CRIMLJUS 7530
Course Name: Criminal Justice Administration (Online)
Course Description:    This course will provide an in-depth overview of the administration and management of criminal justice organizations with an emphasis on police entities. Students in the course will be exposed to a theoretical and conceptual framework which may be used to analyze and more effectively deal with the complexities of contemporary issues confronting law enforcement administrators. Although centered on the law enforcement environment, the principles and issues discussed in this course would be appropriate for administrators in any criminal justice environment.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes

This course has three major objectives. The first is to provide an overview of the basic premises upon which criminal justice agencies are organized and structured. In order to more effectively assess criminal justice organizational operations, the assigned readings will address a number of areas, including, inter alia, structure and organizational theory of criminal justice organizations, leadership, communication, and day-to-day organizational management.

The second major objective will be to create an ethical framework for every aspect of criminal justice organizational operations. An ethical perspective and analysis will be integrated into each of the specific substantive topics under consideration in this course.

The third overall objective of this course will be to create an understanding that criminal justice agencies are not static entities. In order to conceptualize the administration of criminal justice organizations as a dynamic and evolving process, the course will conclude with discussions of organizational performance evaluation, job redesign and planning, vision, and organizational change and growth.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1
Lesson 1: Criminal Justice Structures and Organizational Theory
Lesson 2: Politics and Criminal Justice Administration

Unit 2
Lesson 3: Problems of Communication
Lesson 4: Principled Leadership
Lesson 5: Ethical Decision Making
Lesson 6: Supervision, Evaluation, and Motivation

Unit 3
Lesson 7: The Selection Process
Lesson 8: Police Personalities
Lesson 9: Organizational Conflict

Unit 4
Lesson 10: Organizational Decision Making
Lesson 11: Measuring Organizational Effectiveness
Lesson 12: Job Design and Redesign
Lesson 13: Planning, Vision, and Change

Grading Information

Weekly Discussion Questions & Overall Participation in Discussions 20%
Group Projects (3) 25%
Research Paper 25%
Final Exam 30%
Total: 100%

The following criteria will be used for grading all formal written projects:

Grading Scale
A 90% - 100% Excellent
B 80% - 89% Very Good
C 70% - 79% Adequate
D 60% - 69% Weak
F 0% - 59% Failing


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