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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: CJAD 306
Course Title: Military Justice System
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Examination of the history and principles of military justice and comparison of the military and civilian justice systems. Topics include the Uniform Code of Military Justice, military crimes, non-judicial punishment, jurisdiction of general and special military courts, military judges and panels, self incrimination, search and seizure, pretrial confinement and restraint, plea bargaining, sentencing and appellate review in military courts. Prerequisites: CJAD 101 and junior standing.
 
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): CJAD 101 and junior standing.
 
Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional offering.
 
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Many suitable textbooks are available from various publishers and the following list is not comprehensive. Other textbooks may be judged by individual instructors to be more suitable in meeting course objectives. Many current textbooks have companion websites, and the instructor is encouraged to enhance the course experience for the student by utilizing available technology.

The instructor may also want to consider directing the student to websites containing Criminal Codes and Criminal Cases, such as http://www.findlaw.com or other legal sites maintained by governmental or not for profit entities.

A Guide to Military Criminal Law
By Davidson, Michael J. (Naval Institute Press)
Recommended
Evolving Military Justice
By Fidell and Sullivan (Naval Institute Press)
Recommended
 
Course Objectives
  • To appreciate the history and evolution of the military justice system.
  • To understand the distinctions between the domestic justice system and the military justice system.
  • To become exposed to common legal terminology and methods used by professionals in the military justice system.
  • To apply military law to real and hypothetical fact situations.
  • To enhance critical thinking, research and writing skills on issues relevant to the military justice system.
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    Measurable Learning
    Outcomes:
  • Describe the history and evolution of the military justice system.
  • Explain the difference between the military and civilian justice systems.
  • Describe the key features of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
  • Describe and apply the elements of military crimes to specific factual situations.
  • Explain the jurisdiction of general and special military courts.
  • Explain the roles played by military judges and panels.
  • Analyze and apply important procedural protections available to those accused in military courts, including the following:
    - Privilege against self-incrimination;
    - Protection from unfounded search and seizure;
    - Rights during pretrial confinement.
  • Explain the plea bargaining process in military courts.
  • Identify the rights available to the accused in a military trial and compare those to rights available in civilian trials.
  • Describe the process of sentencing and appellate review in military courts.
  • Identify the rights available to the accused in a military trial and compare those to rights available in civilian trials.
  • Describe the process of sentencing and appellate review in military courts.
  • Analyze and interpret judicial decisions, code provisions and case studies on military justice issues.
  • Appraise current literature, materials and developments regarding military justice.
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    Topical Outline:
  • History of military justice
  • Comparison of military and civilian justice
  • Uniform Code of Military Justice
  • Military crimes
  • Jurisdiction of military courts
  • Pretrial procedures in military courts
  • Trials in military courts
  • Appeals in military courts
  • Staffing in the military courts
  • Current trends and future directions in military courts

    In an effort to better prepare students for future educational pursuits and professionalism in their chosen fields, it is highly recommended that all courses bearing the CJAD prefix contain both a writing and speech communication component. Formal writing projects should be prepared in APA format.
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    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

     
    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/index.asp. You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

     
    Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: May 15, 2005
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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