Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number:
Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice
Examination of current issues, social problems and public policies relating to the administration of justice in a culturally diverse community. Prerequisites: CJAD 101, ENGL 111 and Sophomore standing. Offered Fall.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
CJAD 101, ENGL 111 and Sophomore standing
Course Rotation for Day Program:
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.
Multicultural Law Enforcement: Strategies for Peacekeeping in a Diverse Society
By Shusta, R.M. (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Describe the cultural diversity issues facing police, courts, and corrections in the criminal justice system
Explain the changing ethnicity of communities and related changes to social and institutional policy.
Articulate the roles and functions of police, courts, and corrections in a culturally diverse society.
Describe the legal, ethical and historical considerations associated with involvement in a diverse society
Explain, evaluate and apply important theories and policies regarding cultural diversity issues
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Challenges in Multicultural communities
The changing law enforcement agency
Multicultural representation in criminal justice
Preparation and implementation of cultural awareness training
Cross-cultural communications for criminal justice
Criminal justice contact with Asian Americans
Criminal justice contact with African Americans
Criminal justice contact with Hispanic Americans
Criminal justice contact with Middle eastern groups
Criminal justice contact with Indian Americans
Professionalism and peacekeeping strategies
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
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.