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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: MSCJ 530
Course Title: Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice Management
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Examination of the legal issues within criminal justice management, and of the effects of constitutional provisions, statutes, ordinances and judicial decisions on justice administration. Analysis of the legal aspects of selection, compensation, promotion, assignment and termination of justice employees and consideration of operational issues not addressed in other courses. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Graduate standing.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Legal Aspects of Police Supervision
By Avery, Isaac (Wadsworth)
The Rights of Law Enforcement Officers
By Aitchison, Will (Labor Relations Information System)
Legal Aspects of Corrections Management
By Cripe and Pearlman (Jones and Bartlett Publishers)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the important employment related laws and legal issues applicable to Criminal Justice.
  2. Explain the important managerial decisions which are governed by specific legal standards.
  3. Explain the important operational issues and decisions which are governed by specific legal standards.
  4. Articulate solutions to real and hypothetical issues by applying relevant legal issues.
  5. Articulate arguments for and against proposed and existing laws connected to criminal justice management.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Privacy rights of public employees
  • Affirmative action and employee selection, physical agility testing and written selection tests
  • Age limitations and discrimination of police officers
  • Collective bargaining and Unions
  • Workers compensation law
  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of religion
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Sexual discrimination and harassment
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Employee discipline and termination
  • Civil and criminal liability of employees and agencies

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

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Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: April 15, 2015
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.

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