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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: MSCJ 550
Course Title: Readings in Criminal Justice Administration
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Selected readings that allow the student to pursue areas of particular interest or need not covered in established courses or programs. Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of required graduate foundation courses.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): 12 semester hours of required graduate foundation courses.
Text(s): There is not a standardized text or set of reading material for this course. Students will select appropriate reading material in consultation with the instructor. The instructor will make the ultimate determination of the suitability of particular reading material. The designated reading material will vary depending upon the mutual needs and interests of student and instructor.

Course Objectives
  • To increase and enhance the depth and breadth of knowledge regarding specific criminal justice issues.
  • To pursue relevant topics of interest in a concentrated manner.
  • To gain experience with a range of information, viewpoints, descriptions and policy approaches to criminal justice issues.
  • To demonstrate critical thinking, research and writing skills on criminal justice issues.
    Measurable Learning
  • Describe specific components, problems, trends and issues in the criminal justice system.
  • Analyze and apply competing views and arguments to specific components, problems, trends and issues in the criminal justice system.
  • Analyze, interpret and evaluate selected literature in the criminal justice field.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of at least one component, problem, trend or issue in the criminal justice system.
  • Construct and evaluate arguments and proposals regarding specific components, problems, trends and issues in the criminal justice system.
    Topical Outline: Topical outline varies by session, dependent upon readings selected by student and instructor.

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

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    Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: May 15, 2005
    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.

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