Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number:
Criminal Justice Policy Development and Evaluation
Examination of the development, implementation, and analysis of public policy. Students identify and evaluate public policies as they relate to the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(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 relevant codes and cases, such as http://www.findlaw.com or other legal sites maintained by governmental or not-for-profit entities.
Criminal Justice Policy Making, Federal Roles and Processes
By Stolz, Barbara (Praeger Publishing) Recommended
Criminal Justice Policy and Planning
By Welsh, Wayne and Philip Harris (Anderson Publishing Co.) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Describe the process through which domestic crime policy is developed and the constraints exiting at the development and implementation stage.
Describe the characteristics of crime policy formulated at the federal, state and local levels of government.
Articulate and apply available methods, theories, and procedures in developing, analyzing and evaluating crime policies.
Articulate examples of crime policy successes and failures.
Explain and apply existing and proposed crime policy to real and hypothetical fact situations.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
The study of public policy
Overview of crime policy
Crime policy in the legislative branch
Crime policy in the executive branch
Crime policy in the judicial branch
Crime policy at the federal, state and local levels
Policy successes and failures
Future trends in crime policy
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.