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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: MSCJ 501
Course Title: Current Issues and Future Directions in Criminal Justice
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

An examination of the salient, current critical issues in the justice system affecting law enforcement, criminal justice personnel, public policy, and recent social developments. Must be taken as a foundational course for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice. Prerequisite: MSCJ 500.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisite: MSCJ 500.

Course Rotation for Day Program:
No Day Course Rotation
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Use of a textbook in this course is left to the discretion of the instructor as many trends and issues are current and may not be available for study in textbook form.

Special Topics in Policing
By More, Harry W. (Anderson Publishing Co.)
Visions for Change
By Muraskin, R. and A.R. Roberts (Prentice Hall)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Articulate the important current issues and trends in the American system of justice.
  2. Explain the historical, legal, practical, political nature of issues and trends in criminal justice.
  3. Describe the impact of important issues and trends on the Criminal Justice system.
  4. Describe the processes used to predict and analyze trends.
  5. Articulate the possible policy solutions and interventions available to address the relevant issue or trend.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Issues in management and organization
  • Minorities in criminal justice
  • Working with the ADA
  • Police deviance and corruption
  • Criminal justice ethics
  • Stress in criminal justice agencies
  • Community-based policing
  • Use of force
  • Treatment of offenders
  • Legal issues in the justice system
  • Probation, parole and the community
  • Youthful offenders
  • Criminal justice programs
  • Programs for youth
  • TerrorismĀ 

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: November 29, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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