Comparative Criminal Justice Systems – CJUS 701

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

Course Description

Typically, undergraduate and master’s programs examine criminal justice from the United States lens. This course is an advanced in-depth analysis of the various courts, corrections, and law enforcement systems worldwide.

Prerequisite

CJUS 700

Rationale

The criminal justice PhD student should have expert breadth and depth of knowledge about criminal justice systems. Typically the breadth and depth of knowledge is focused on US-based criminal justice systems. To fully appreciate the vastness of criminal justice––the great differences, and the similarities––this course brings the student through an in depth tour of at least 7 countries’ criminal justice systems.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Assess the critical criminal justice issues associated within the international community (Evaluation).
    2. Critique how the basic government structure of a country impacts a country’s criminal justice system (Evaluation).
    3. Appraise the differences in major criminal justice systems within the international community (Evaluation).
    4. Analyze the influence of foundational Christian worldview doctrine on various international criminal justice systems (Analysis).

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.

Final Project – Discussion Board Briefing

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for the Final Project – Discussion Board Briefing. The thread must be 800–1,200 words, include at least 5 citations in current APA format, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250 words and include at least 1 citation in current APA format.

Scenario Research Paper (4)

The student will prepare a series of 4 comprehensive research papers on an assigned criminal justice system in a country other than the United States. Students will prepare an 8–12-page paper with a minimum 8 scholarly articles, 2 Holy Bible references, and 1 newspaper article. In the paper, the student will analyze the assigned country and the entire criminal justice system in that country. Additionally, the student will examine the effectiveness of the criminal justice system, the human rights aspect of the country’s criminal justice system, and compare the system to major criminal justice tenants in the Holy Bible. The student must review the Mini-Scenario Research Paper Project Instructions and Grading Rubric for the unique and quite challenging way the student will complete each research paper.

Scenario PowerPoint Presentations (3)

The student will create a 10–17-slide PowerPoint Presentation (with additional slides as a reference section) based upon his/her analysis of an assigned criminal justice system other than the United States. In the presentation, the student will analyze the assigned country and the entire criminal justice system in that country. Additionally students will examine the effectiveness of the criminal justice system, the human rights aspect of the country’s criminal justice system, and compare the system to major criminal justice tenants in the Holy Bible. Each slide must have 200–350 words of bulleted or paragraph speakers notes. A minimum of 8 scholarly sources and the Holy Bible must be used. Additionally, the student must use animations, transitions, and graphics to reflect graduate level research. The student must review the Mini-Scenario PowerPoint Project Instructions and Grading Rubric for the unique and challenging way the student will complete this research paper.