Criminal Justice Systems

Course Number: CRIMLJUS 7030
Course Name: Criminal Justice Systems (Online)
Course Description:    An extensive analysis of the functions, processes, and structures of the criminal justice system: interrelationships among the components of the system, with emphasis on law enforcement, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice are explored.
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

By the end of this course you should have an in-depth understanding of each component of the criminal justice system, one involving the interrelationships of individual components both to each other and to our larger society. Issues, challenges, and problems that confront the system today and will confront it in the future will be analyzed.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1: Criminal Justice System Overview
After you complete this unit, you should be able to:

  • Differentiate between the consensus and conflict models of the criminal justice process.
  • Comprehend the various sources of crime data.
  • Articulate the process that occurs in building a criminological theory.
  • Understand the various criminological theories covered.

Unit 2: Law Enforcement
After you complete this unit, you should be able to:

  • Understand the historical developments of law enforcement in England and the United States.
  • Comprehend the various levels of law enforcement in the United States, differentiating between local, regional, state, and federal agencies.
  • Analyze various efforts to professionalize the police.
  • Understand the changing legal environment and its effect on police behavior.

Unit 3: The Courts
After you complete this unit, you should be able to:

  • Understand the unique characteristics of American court history.
  • Differentiate between federal and state court systems.
  • Understand the roles of professional courtroom actors and nonprofessional courtroom participants.
  • Understand the punishment rationales and the philosophical theories behind criminal sentencing.
  • Understand the truth-in-sentencing movement.

Unit 4: Community-Based Corrections
After this unit you should be able to:

  • Understand the history of penal philosophies.
  • Assess the various causes of prison riots.
  • Compare and contrast the various methods and practices of alternatives to incarceration.
  • Comprehend the major problems and issues confronting corrections today.

Unit 5: Juvenile Justice System and the Future of Criminal Justice
After you complete this unit, you should be able to:

  • Comprehend the history and evolution of the juvenile justice system in the United States.
  • Analyze Supreme Court decisions and their impact on the juvenile justice system.
  • Understand the role of technology in crime fighting.
  • Analyze civil libertarians' concerns about government intrusions.

Grading Information

Outside Abstract & Critiques (5 @ 25 pts. each) 125 points 24%
Assigned Reading Critiques (5 @ 15 pts. each) 75 points 14%
Group Projects (1 @ 40 pts., 1 @ 20 pts.) 60 points 11%
Internet Exercises (2 @ 25 pts. each) 50 points 9%
Research Paper 100 points 19%
Final Exam 100 points 19%
Participation on Discussion Board 20 points 4%
Total: 530 points 100%

Grading Scale
A 477 - 530 points
B 424 - 476 points
C 371 - 423 points

This is a graduate-level course. Students must earn a "C" or better for the course to count toward graduation.

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