Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2018/2019

MSCJ 595: Emergent Issues In Criminal Justice Leadership

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  Course Description

This serves as a 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. It addresses the effect of emergent perspectives in leadership and organizational theory on public administration and criminal justice leadership and 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.

Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of required MSCJ foundation courses and an additional 18 semester hours of MSCJ graduate courses.

Proctored Exams: None



  • Northouse, Peter G. Leadership: Theory and Practice. 7th ed. Los Angeles: Sage Publications, Inc., 2016.
    • ISBN-978-1-4833-1753-3

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

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  Course Overview

The course will address a number of correctional administration issues. Topics will include correctional management and administration, managing correctional staff, managing the environment, and managing prisons, now and in the future. We will also look at the issues of enduring the pains of imprisonment (hard time) and living and working in a prison.

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  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.


Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 1800-2000 90-100%
B 1600-1799 80-89%
C 1400-1599 70-79%
F 0-1399 0-69%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 150 8%
Journals 450 22%
Leadership in Film/Popular Literature 200 10%
Interview 200 10%
Research Paper 400 20%
Midterm Examination 200 10%
Final Examination 400 20%
Total 2000 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 10 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 2 10

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Leadership in Film Topic approval -- Saturday
Journal 1 75 Sunday

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Interview Subject approval -- Saturday
Journal 2 75 Sunday

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Journal 3 75 Saturday
Research Paper-Topic approval -- Sunday
Midterm Examination 200

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Journal 4 75 Saturday
Leadership in Film 200 Sunday

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Journal 5 75 Saturday
Interview - Criminal Justice Administrator 200 Sunday

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Journal 6 75 Saturday

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Research Paper 400 Wednesday
Discussion 9 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Final Examination 400 Saturday
Total Points: 2000

  Assignment Overview


There will be one weekly discussion question based primarily on the readings. Initial discussion posts are due by Wednesday; responses to classmates must be made prior to 5 p.m. Central time Sunday. Your discussion postings must be original and intelligible. The initial posting for each question should be at least 75 words. You must answer each question posed. You must respond to at least one classmate’s posting. In your response, you should challenge, discuss, and debate. Please do not make posts such as “good post, I agree” without further comment. Grades will be based on the quality of your posts and the level of your participation each week. Do not expect full credit by making all of your posts on Saturday and Sunday each week.


In Weeks 2-7, you will keep a journal of responses to your readings. Each journal entry should include:

  • A summary of the readings and comments on areas where you agree or disagree
  • Answers to questions posed in the case studies and reflections and comments on the designated Assessment instruments(and your scores) in the text
  • A summary of your discussion interactions
  • A summary of your class preparation/activities and progress toward completing assignments

    You will find a more detailed description of these assignments in the course Content area.

    Leadership in Film/Popular Literature

    Watch at least one popular film on leadership issues. A list of approved films appears below and in the content area. Analyze the designated character in the selected film. What traits were displayed by the leader in your film? What leadership skills did the leader exhibit? What leadership style did the leader display? Was the character an effective leader? Why or Why not? Full details for this assignment will appear in the Content area of the course.

     Miracle  Herb Brooks  Kurt Russell
     Gettysburg – Part I  Col. Joshua Chamberlain  Jeff Daniels
     Hoosiers  Coach Norman Dale  Gene Hackman
     Lean on Me  Principal Joe Clark  Morgan Freeman
     Remember the Titans  Coach Herman Boone  Denzel Washington
     Coach Carter  Coach Ken Carter  Samuel L. Jackson
     Gandhi  Gandhi  Ben Kingsley


    In Week 6, you will conduct a personal interview of a criminal justice professional. This interview will be with an administrative/supervisory employee currently working for a criminal justice entity. The focus of the interview is to be on leadership issues. Full details for the interview assignment will appear in the Content area of the course.

    Research Paper

    In Week 8, you will submit a research paper on a topic you perceive to be a critical issue in leadership today. Alternatively, you may conduct an evaluation or study of some program or policy that is relevant to your job or professional goals. Examples and ideas of acceptable topics include: (1) an evaluation of a particular crime prevention program, (2) a measure of the comprehensibility of jury instructions used in State courts, (3) an evaluation of a rehabilitation program used by a local correctional facility, (4) an evaluation of different forms of probation, etc.

    Format and Length: The body of the research paper must be at least 15 pages in length in the body of the paper. You should include a cover and reference page(s). Papers should include a cover page, introduction, body, summary/conclusions, and reference page. Papers need to be typed and double-spaced, with 12-point type. Use APA style for your citations. I strongly recommend the use of headings in your paper to help organize your thoughts.

    Topic: Post your research question/topic in the Discussions area of the course for approval by the instructor no later than the end of Week 2.  

    Sources: A minimum of 10 primary sources will be required, including journals, books, and other appropriate source material. There are several unacceptable internet resources which cannot be used for any course assignment, including your research paper. These include college textbooks, Wikipedia, Wiki Info, and Anarchopedia. All source material must be properly cited in the body of the paper, following APA or MLA style.

    Originality: Research papers must be original work for this course. Do not submit a paper used in another course.

    Deadline: The paper is due no later than Wednesday, 11:59 pm, CT, Week 8.


    There will be two exams in this course, a midterm in Week 4 and a final in Week 8. Both examinations will be posted in the course Content area.

      Course Outline

    Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.


    Chapter 1

    Discussion 1

    Introduce yourself in the "Introductions" topic of our class Discussion. Please give us more than your name. Include your profession, hobbies, interest in criminal law, and any other information that can help us get to know you.

    Discussion 2

    Give the definition of leadership used in this text; then explain the following components of leadership: process, influence, group context, and goal attainment.


    Chapters 2 and 3

    Discussion 3

    Choose one of the main traits associated with leaders. How can it be developed?  Demonstrated to others? Identify one or two people who have this trait. How does it serve them in their leadership roles?

    Leadership in Film Topic approval

    Please send me the proposed topic for your leadership in film paper by Saturday, via email.

    Journal 1

    Chapters 2-3, Case Study 2.1, Skills Inventory p 67-68


    Chapters 4 and 5

    Discussion 4

    Define leadership style. Identify, explain, and give examples of behaviors corresponding with four proposed styles.

    Interview Subject approval

    Please send me the proposed subject for your interview by Saturday, via email.

    Journal 2

    Chapters 4-5, Case Study 4.1, Leadership behavior questionnaire p 88-89


    Chapters 6-8

    Discussion 5

    Transformational leadership is being defined as the “New Leadership” paradigm. Why is this leadership style so important to leadership research?

    Journal 3

    Chapters 6-8, Case Study 8.1, Path-Goal Leadership Questionnaire p 133-34

    Research Paper-Topic approval

    Please send me the proposed topic for your research paper by Sunday, via email.

    Midterm Examination

    The Midterm Examination is due during Week 4. The examination will be posted in the course Content area.


    Chapters 9-11

    Discussion 6

    Discuss the concept of servant leadership. Do you aspire to be a servant leader? Work for a servant leader? Why or Why not?

    Journal 4

    Chapters 9-11, Case Study 9.1, Authentic Leadership Questionnaire p 218-19

    Leadership in Film

    Watch a popular film such as Gandhi, Hoosiers, Miracle, Gettysburg (Part 1), Remember the Titans, Lean on Me, or Coach Carter and analyze the leadership of the lead character in the film. Find full details for this assignment in the Content area of the course.


    Chapters 12-13

    Discussion 7

    Define and describe the principles of ethical leadership. Which 2 of the 5 principles covered in this chapter do you think are the most important? Why?

    Journal 5

    Chapters 12-13, Case Study 12.3, Perceived Leader Integrity scale p 356-57

    Interview - Criminal Justice Administrator

    Interview a criminal justice professional. The focus of the interview is to be on leadership issues. Find full details for the interview assignment in the Content area of the course.

    Course Evaluation
    Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.

    Chapters 14-15

    Discussion 8

    Review and summarize the sections on the meta-analyses of gender and leadership style. What are the similarities/differences between genders? What does the research report on gender and transformational leadership? Give examples from your own experiences or observations that you feel apply to information/examples given in these sections.

    Journal 6

    Chapters 14-15, Case Study 15,1; Team Excellence Questionnaire p 391-92


    Chapter 16

    Research Paper

    Submit a copy of your Research Paper to the Dropbox by the due date.

    Discussion 9

    How do cultures and countries differ in their perceptions of leadership?

    Final Examination

    The Final Examination is due during Week 8. The examination will be posted in the course Content area.

      Course Policies

    Student Conduct

    All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.


    Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

    Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

    All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.


    There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

    Student Accessibility Resources

    Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

    Online Participation

    You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

    Attendance Policy

    Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

    Cougar Email

    All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

    Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

    Late Assignment Policy

    An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

    No late discussion posts will be accepted.

    Because this course is offered on an eight-week basis, it is incumbent on each student to stay abreast of all due dates and class expectations. Late assignments will be penalized.

    Course Evaluation

    You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

      Additional Resources

    Orientation for New Students

    This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

    Technical Support

    If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

    Online Tutoring

    Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

    Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.