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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 Objectives
  • To undergo a culminating experience at the conclusion of the MSCJ studies.
  • To integrate and synthesize the student's previous MSCJ coursework.
  • To encourage the development of leadership potential and skills.
  • To explore the complexities of leadership and the multidisciplinary nature of leadership studies.
  • To enhance critical thinking, research, writing and presentation skills on criminal justice issues.
Measurable Learning
  • Define the concept of leadership and distinquish between leadership and management.
  • Describe the traits shared by effective leaders.
  • Interpret, recognize and apply important leadership theories.
  • Explain the philosophical underpinnings of the leadership discipline.
  • Describe the various leadership styles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current critical problems and issues in criminal justice leadership.
  • Explain the impact of gender and cultural differences on the leadership process and performance.
  • Identify, describe and justify instances of effective leadership.
  • Describe the values commonly shared by leaders and the relationship between leadership and ethics.
  • Analyze and evaluate case studies involving the leadership discipline.
  • Appraise current literature, materials and developments regarding leadership discipline and criminal justice agency leadership.
  • Evaluate leadership practice and performance within criminal justice agencies.
  • Integrate previous MSCJ coursework with generally accepted scholarly techniques.
  • Make effective, professional, executive style oral and written presentations.
Topical Outline:
  • 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

A primary purpose of the culminating experience is to assess learning outcomes in the major.  It demonstrates the following set of characteristics: the experience occurs after the completion of appropriate foundational skills, electives, and requirements; assessment instruments used in the experience measure student achievement of the stated learning objectives for the major; departmental faculty use the information given by assessment to improve teaching and learning in the major.



Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

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Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: October 10, 2010
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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