Judicial Process – CJUS 330

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

Course Description

This course is designed to increase the understanding of the criminal judicial process in the United States. It includes a study of the functioning of courts, judges, lawyers and law enforcement agencies, including judicial decision-making and the impact of court decisions on the American Republic.

Prerequisites

CJUS 200 and 230

Rationale

This course is designed to increase the understanding of the criminal judicial process in the United States. It includes a study of the functioning of courts, judges, lawyers and law enforcement agencies, including judicial decision-making and the impact of court decisions on the American Republic.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the terminology associated with the criminal judicial process and how those terms can be used in analyzing real and hypothetical cases.
  2. List the significant steps in the criminal justice process.
  3. Compare the variations among the federal and state systems.
  4. Identify the institutional representatives involved in each step of the criminal process.
  5. Evaluate the factors influencing the decision makers and participants in the criminal justice process.
  6. Discuss current and future challenges to the administration of justice.
  7. Integrate biblical principles into the assessment of criminal justice processes.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

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 (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, there will be 2 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. (Modules/Weeks 3 & 6). The student is required to create a thread addressing all elements of the assigned topic for each forum and reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each main point of the thread and each reply must be supported by at least 1 scholarly, criminal justice source published within the last 10 years. In addition, both the thread and each response will relate every major point in your posts to scriptural/biblical principles and include one or more relevant biblical citations. All in-text citations will follow current APA formatting. A reference section using APA formatting must also be included for both the thread and each of the two replies. Threads must be at least 250 words. Both replies must be at least 200 words.

Scholarly Sources

This assignment and the Reflection Paper below require you to cite scholarly sources in your work. Scholarly sources are produced through (1) articles from peer-reviewed academic journals; (2) academic books, not including our textbooks; or (3) chapters in academic books. Occasionally a think tank publishes scholarly research, but usually they do not. Scholarly sources do not newspaper or magazine articles, television shows, wikis, blog posts or op-eds (even if written by academics). Below are serveral websites to help you navigate this issue for both the Discussion Board and the Reflection Exercise.

http://libs.uga.edu/researchguide/choosing/what/scholarly.html

http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/howdoi/scholarly.html

http://guides.library.cornell.edu/scholarlyjournals

Reflection Exercise

In this assignment, the student will reflect on and demonstrate his/her understanding of the course concepts by selecting and responding to 3 questions from a provided list. Each question must be answered in 250–300 words. Every major point must be supported by at least one peer-reviewed source published in the last 10 years, in addition to the textbook. A reference section using proper APA formatting must also be provided.

Quizzes (8)

Each module/week will have a quiz composed of questions based on the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz may include multiple-choice and essay questions. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and have a 40-minute time limit. You may attempt each quiz up to three times. Blackboard will record the highest score of your three attempts in the Grade Center.

Tests (4)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Test 1 covers Modules/Weeks 1–2 (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5); Test 2 covers Modules/Weeks 3–4 (Chapters 6, 7, 8, & 9); Test 3 covers Module/Week 5 (Chapters 10, 11 & 12), and Test 4 covers Modules/Weeks 6–8 (Chapters 13, 14 & 15). Each test will be open-book/open-notes and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit. Each test may include multiple-choice, true/false, and essay questions.

“You Decide Part I – Choose Your Path” (8)

Each module/week has a “You Decide Part 1 – Choose Your Path” assignment. Each assignment will place you in the role of a Criminal Justice professional seeking to make informed decisions regarding important criminal justice issues. Each scenario is accompanied by critical thinking review questions. You are allowed multiple attempts to analyze the scenario, answer the review questions, and assess the impact of your decisions on the issues. Each test will be open-book/open-notes. There is no time limit and no limit on the number of attempts, in order for you to evaluate the impact of different answers to the review questions. Each “You Decide Part 1 – Choose Your Path” is worth 10 points. Blackboard will record the highest score of all your attempts in the Grade Center.