This course focuses on the interdependency of organizations and agencies in the criminal justice system. Specifically, the course will examine the competing roles of law enforcement, courts, prosecution, defense counsel, etc., in the pursuit of justice.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
This course provides a graduate-level introduction to the criminal justice context for the student who is not familiar with it—corrections, courts, and the police force. It also requires the student to work on further peer-reviewed research of each area and to apply biblical concepts to a synthesis of ideas while demonstrating a basic competency in reasoning, writing, and research skills.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Implement the basics of writing, research, grammar, and logical reasoning.
- Evaluate challenges and trends in policing.
- Evaluate challenges and trends in court systems.
- Evaluate challenges and trends in corrections.
- Defend the foundations of criminal justice from a biblical perspective.
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 boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300–350 words, include at least 2 peer-reviewed sources cited in current APA format, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words, include at least 1 peer-reviewed source published within the last 5-10 years, and be cited in current APA format.
LearnSmart Criminal Justice Exercises (13)
Based upon the required reading, these online, interactive exercises ensure that the student will understand the fundamental concepts of the course. The student is allowed an unlimited number of attempts to complete these exercises until the assignment is due in order to maximize full credit. The highest score will be recorded.
LearnSmart Achieves (6)
LearnSmart Achieves help the student grasp the basics of writing, research, grammar, and logical reasoning. These exercises are designed so the student only needs to focus on potential deficiencies and can move on quickly when competence is demonstrated. The student is allowed an unlimited number of attempts to complete these exercises until the assignment is due in order to maximize full credit. The highest score will be recorded.
Biblical Worldview Exercises (4)
These online, interactive presentations provide an overview of biblical principles of government and criminal justice. The student is allowed an unlimited number of attempts to complete these exercises until the assignment is due in order to maximize full credit. The highest score will be recorded.
Article Critiques (3)
For each Article Critique, the student must select 2 peer-reviewed articles published within the last 5-10 years. Using concepts presented in the weekly Reading & Study, the student must write a 4-7 page (double-spaced) critique of each of these articles in current APA format. The title page, abstract, and reference pages are excluded from the page deliverable length.
The student must write a 8-page double-spaced research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on a recent, relevant criminal justice issue in the area of either police, courts, or corrections. The required 8 pages for this paper excludes the title, abstract, or reference pages. The paper must propose a solution to the assigned issue and include how this solution fits into the worldview of Liberty University, which seeks to train criminal justice leaders to influence criminal justice policy within a Christian worldview. The paper must include at least 8 peer-reviewed sources published within the last 5-10 years.