Judicial Process – CJUS 330

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/10/2021

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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, you will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

The student will complete 2 Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least [250] words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of the assigned Module: Week. The student must then post [2] [reply/replies] of at least 200 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the assigned Module: Week. For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least 2 scholarly citations in APA format. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation in APA format. Any sources cited must have been published within the last ten years. (Acceptable sources include the textbook, the Bible, etc.).

Reflection Exercise Assignment

You will demonstrate your ability to apply what you have learned over the duration of this course. For each of the two (2) questions you choose to answer, you must respond using a minimum of 250–300 words. Your thoughtful criminal justice analysis will require each major point be supported by at least one peer-reviewed source published in the past 10 years and the integration of relevant material from your textbook in every response. Clarity, spelling and grammar are evaluated. In-text citations and all sources are to be in current APA format. A reference page must also be included at the end of the paper.

Quiz

Each module will have a quiz composed of questions based on the Learn material for the assigned module. 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.  The highest score of your three attempts will be recorded.

Quiz

Each quiz will cover the material for one or more modules. They will be open-book/open-notes and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit. Each quiz will include multiple-choice, true/false, and essay questions.

Each module 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. The highest score of all of your attempts will be recorded as your grade.