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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: MSCJ 595
Course Title: Emergent Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This serves as the capstone course for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program, providing an opportunity for the integration of information offered in the program and its relationship and application to emergent issues.  Addresses the effect of emergent perspectives in leadership and organizational theory on public administration and criminal justice leadership.  Integrates leadership and organizational theory, principles of public administration, community expectations of criminal justice leaders and relevant technological innovations and applications.  Extensive use of case studies is used to integrate all previous course materials in the analysis and resolution of complex leadership issues.  Prerequisites: 12 semester hours of required MSCJ foundation courses and an additional 18 semester hours of MSCJ graduate courses.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Twelve semester hours of required MSCJ foundation courses and an additional 18 semester hours of MSCJ graduate courses.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Leadership Theory and Practice
By Northouse, Peter (Sage Publications)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the complexities of leadership and the multidisciplinary nature of leadership studies.
  2. Articulate the differences between leadership and management.
  3. Describe the traits and skills shared by effective leaders.
  4. Explain the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of the leadership discipline.
  5. Describe the styles used by leaders and the values commonly shared by leaders.
  6. Articulate solutions to important leadership issues within Criminal Justice agencies.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Leadership distinquished from management
  • The traits of effective leaders
  • Leadership styles
  • The ethics of leadership
  • Gender and cultural issues and leadership
  • Evaluation of leadership performance
  • Public agency leadership



Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

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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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