Introduction to Criminal Justice – CJUS 200

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

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.




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:

  1. Articulate the different types of crimes (i.e., crimes against persons, property, government, and public morals).
  2. Identify the various components of the criminal justice system and how each interacts with and depends upon the others.
  3. Contrast the characteristics of the federal criminal justice system and representative state systems.
  4. Describe the roles of prosecution, defense, judicial, and law enforcement officers within the criminal justice system.
  5. Integrate biblical principles that address criminal law, procedure, and justice with current approaches within the field of criminal justice.

Course Assignment

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion board forums are collaborative learning experiences. The Discussion Board forums in this course are completed over the course of two weeks.  In the first week that the forum is assigned, you must post a 400-word thread in response to the prompt provided. The thread must be supported by 4 in-text citations.The thread is due by the end of Monday of the assigned module.  In the following week, you must post at least 2 replies to your classmates’ threads.  Response posts are due by the end of Monday of the assigned module.

Connect Homework (8)

The student will complete LearnSmart Exercises in Connect Homework Folders that will assess the student’s mastery of the content via interactive learning activities.

Reflection Paper

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.

Bill of Rights Pre-Test/Completion 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. In order to receive full credit, the student will be required to complete a Bill of Rights Pre-Test Completion Quiz confirming that he/she has completed the test. The completion quiz will be made available once the student has taken and received a score on the pre-test.

Application Essays (3)

The student is required to write a 400-word response to each question posed in the instructions for each Application Essay assigned. For each question, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 4 in-text citations.

Bill of Rights Post-Test

This post-test will assess your knowledge of the Bill of Rights near the end of the course. The post-test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice questions, and have a 15-minute time limit.