Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number:
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
Examination of criminal justice systems worldwide. Includes exploration of means of establishing cooperation toward mutual goals despite structural, historical and ideological differences. 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.
Comparative Criminal Justice
By Fields, Charles B. and Richter H. Moore, Jr. (Waveland Press) Recommended
World Criminal Justice Systems: A Survey
By Terrill, Richard (Anderson Publishing) Recommended
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems: A Topical Approach
By Reichel, Philip L. (Prentice Hall) Recommended
To understand and appreciate the comparative issues, processes, diversity and differences among world criminal justice systems.
To understand the comparative structures, approaches and limitations upon selected world criminal justice systems.
To expand upon the comparative roles served by law enforcement, the courts and corrections in selected world criminal justice systems.
To compare assorted methods, procedures and theories employed by other countries to the American Criminal Justice system.
To enhance critical thinking, research and oral and written communication skills on issues dealing with worldwide criminal justice systems.
Explain the origins of designated worldwide criminal justice systems.
Describe and compare the evolution of and philosophical underpinnings for designated worldwide criminal justice systems.
Analyze, compare and apply the tools developed for measurement of criminal activity and victimization in selected worldwide criminal justice systems.
Describe and compare the roles, policies and procedures employed by law enforcement, the courts, and corrections in selected worldwide criminal justice systems.
Construct and evaluate arguments for and against proposed reforms in selected worldwide criminal justice systems.
Explain, evaluate and apply important theories regarding comparative criminal justice issues.
Describe the relationship between philosophy, theory law and practice in selected worldwide criminal justice systems.
Appraise current literature, materials and developments regarding juvenile justice issues.
Introduction - Why study comparative criminal justice
Crime and criminality - A comparative view
Historical development of criminal justice systems
Law enforcement functions and organizations
Police and the community
The law, courts and trials
Corrections and punishment
Juvenile justice systems
Contemporary dilemmas and influences
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 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.