An introductory course covering an overview of the whole criminal justice system in America, including discussion of law enforcement generally, the court systems, correctional organizations, the history of law enforcement in the U.S. and some other nations, and the ethics and philosophy of criminal justice generally.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
The purpose of this course is to expose the learners to introductory-level essential elements of the criminal justice system and to introduce critical thinking skills on biblical, ethical, and public policy levels as related to the study of Criminal Justice.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Articulate the different types of crimes (i.e., crimes against persons, property, government, and public morals).
- Identify the various components of the criminal justice system and how each interacts with and depends upon the others.
- Contrast the characteristics of the federal criminal justice system and representative state systems.
- Describe the roles of prosecution, defense, judicial, and law enforcement officers within the criminal justice system.
- Integrate biblical principles that address criminal law, procedure, and justice with current approaches within the field of criminal justice.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions: Threads and Replies (4)
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. The Discussions in this course are completed over the course of two weeks. In the first week that the Discussion is assigned, the student must post a 400-word thread in response to the prompt provided. The thread must be supported by 4 in-text citations. In the following week, the student must post at least 2 replies to his/her classmates’ threads.
Read and Interact Textbook Assignments (14)
Within this course, students will be assigned to read and interact with the textbook within the third party platform, SmartBook. Students must complete each reading and item in the textbook in order to earn the points associated with the assigned reading and prior to completing any Homework assignments.
Reflection Paper Assignment
The student will submit a 400-word summative assessment of his/her understanding of law enforcement, the courts, and the correctional system. The student will be required to include 4 in-text citations.
Application Essay Assignments (3)
The student is required to write a 400-word response to each question posed in the instructions for each Application Essay Assignment assigned. For each question, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 4 in-text citations.
Quiz: Bill of Rights Pre-Quiz
The student’s prior knowledge of the Bill of Rights will be assessed by this 10-question, multiple-choice test. The student will receive full credit for this test regardless of the number of correct responses he/she gives.
Quiz: Bill of Rights
This post-quiz will assess the student's knowledge of the Bill of Rights near the end of the course. The post-quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice questions, and have a 15-minute time limit.