Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number:
Current Issues and Future Directions in Criminal Justice
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 of Criminal Justice. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(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.) Recommended
Visions for Change
By Muraskin, R. and A.R. Roberts (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Articulate the important current issues and trends in the American system of justice.
Explain the historical, legal, practical, political nature of issues and trends in criminal justice.
Describe the impact of important issues and trends on the Criminal Justice system.
Describe the processes used to predict and analyze trends.
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
Use of force
Treatment of offenders
Legal issues in the justice system
Probation, parole and the community
Criminal justice programs
Programs for youth
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15
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.