Advanced Criminal Justice Leadership – CJUS 730

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

Course Description

To be an organizational leader demands an understanding of the basic principles and practices underlying the management of large and diverse organizations. The contrast of management of stability and control with the management of chaos and instability suggests different techniques of leadership and management. Modelling, inspiring, challenging, enabling, and encouraging subordinates toward the organization mission is key to solid organizational leadership. Additionally, having tools to make leadership decisions in extreme situations is necessary for all criminal justice leaders. This course covers sound leadership principles necessary for an ethical high performing law enforcement organization by student self-reflection, peer feedback, and subordinate feedback. Additionally, students are challenged to create sound leadership policies necessary for a high performing criminal justice organization.


CJUS 801


Without warning, a police leader can be called to a scene of a critical incident. The police leader will make decisions on behalf of the department that not only may define the leader’s career but also defines the public’s view of that very organization where the leader works. Literally lives of citizens and lives of subordinates may balance in the hands of this police leader. At other times, a police leader may not be challenged with a split second leader decision; rather, they may be challenged by a set of circumstances that will require a well-thought-out leadership decision. This class challenges the academic and police practitioner to hone their leadership skills by an in-depth exploration of an extensive array of leadership theories.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critique the major tenants of various leadership theories (Evaluation).
  2. Relate the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership through the lens of a Christian Worldview (Evaluation).
  3. Appraise differences in leadership behavior and culture in an international context (Evaluation).

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 (3)

There will be 3 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread must be 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. The student must use a minimum of 3 scholarly references and the Holy Bible in their original thread. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250 words with 1 scholarly reference and the Holy Bible.

Literature Review

The student will critically review 8–11 scholarly (peer reviewed preferred) articles in a minimum of a 5–7 pages. The student should pay particular attention to the identification of the premise and supporting points of the articles, a synthesis of the articles, and a critical evaluation of the premise(s) and supporting points of the articles. The paper must follow current APA guidelines. The page count does not include the title page, abstract, reference section, or any extra material. See the assignment instructions and grading rubric for additional instructions and guidance. The student should follow the article focus prompts in the assignment instructions closely.

Research Paper

The student will use a provided case study (or the actual law enforcement agency where he/she works with permission from the instructor) to produce a leadership training program. The 15–18-page paper will use full APA formatting (title page, abstract, main body, reference section) and must have 15–20 recent relevant scholarly sources. The paper shall have a Christian Worldview section with at least 1 reference to the Holy Bible. See specific detail in the Research Paper Instructions and Research Paper Grading Rubric.

Executive Summary

The student will write a 1-page executive summary. This summary shall be addressed to the Chief of Soma-Pseudo Police Department (or to the actual department head if the student is writing about the agency where he/she works). The Executive Summary is based upon the Research Paper in this course. The focus of this paper is to provide a decision-maker with a brief summary of the main/extended proposal (the Research Paper focuses on a leadership training program in this instance) so that the decision-maker can make an informed decision. See the Executive Summary Guide document, Executive Summary Instruction Sheet, and Executive Summary Grading Rubric.

PowerPoint Teaching Lesson

The student will prepare a 12–15-slide PowerPoint presentation based upon the notion of culture and leadership introduced in the Northouse text. Each main slide must have 100–150 words of speaker notes. The presentation will have a title slide, introduction slide, 12–15 main body slides, and appropriate reference slides. It is expected that a minimum of 5 scholarly sources shall be used in creating the slides. See the PowerPoint Teaching Lesson Instructions and the PowerPoint Teaching Lesson Grading Rubric.

The student will write a paper on the similarities in delegation within an organization compared to Kouzes and Posner’s thoughts on “Enable Others to Act.” Apply the leadership philosophies of “Fostering Cooperation” and “Strengthening Others” to the management styles that exist within the organization that you selected. The student will identify and explain how the organization effectively creates a collaborative criminal justice work environment through effective leadership. Apply “Enabling Others to Act, Fostering Cooperation, and Strengthening Others” through a Christian Worldview lens to explain how it could improve the leadership within the organization.

This assignment is required to be a minimum of 5 pages and should include scholarly research from the past five years. The paper must follow current APA guidelines. The page count does not include the title page, abstract, reference section, or any extra material.

See specific detail in the Subordinate Support Assignment Instructions and Subordinate Support Assignment Grading Rubric.

The student will analyze a present organization where sound leadership principles are necessary for the organization to operate ethically and most effectively. While this organization may be any criminal justice organization, the student should select an organization that they are able to research to gain a deeper understanding of the functions of its management and its management philosophies. To gain insight into the leadership practices of this organization, the student may conduct Internet research on the organization or interviews of higher-level management. Analyze the organization for evidences of the path-goal theory and assess how the path-goal theory can be used to strengthen the organization from a management perspective. In addition, analyze the organization for evidences of Kouzes and Posner's Steps One and Two and discuss how they are implemented. If evidence does not exist, then the student will explain how Steps One and Two can be used to improve the organization and its leadership effectiveness. Also, the student will examine the organization for evidences of LMX. Be sure to assess how the “Inspire a Shared Vision” or the “Model the Way” concepts exist within the organization through the lens of a Christian Worldview. This assignment is required to be a minimum of 6 pages and should include scholarly research from the past five years. See the Organizational Analysis Assignment Instructions and Organizational Analysis Assignment Grading Rubric.