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General Course Information for CJA620: Legal Issues in CJ

Course: CJA620 - Legal Issues in CJ
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Course Description: An assessment of legal issues, legal terminology and analysis of court decisions involving criminal justice agencies' exposure to criminal or civil liability involving wrongful death, wrongful termination, police corruption, and discrimination lawsuits.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Compare and assess the differences between various forms of legal systems.
  • Evaluate the roles placed by the different state and federal trial courts and appellate courts.
  • Assess the selection process of judges and the various roles of prosecutors and public defenders.
  • Evaluate and assess the success of the various specialized courts including the juvenile courts and the role of the attorneys in plea bargaining.
  • Analyze court decisions involving police or criminal justice agencies in terms of criminal sanctions.
  • Compare court decisions involving civil liability and wrongful death cases.
  • Appraise issues involving wrongful termination, police corruption, and discrimination lawsuits.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • MASTER OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
    • Analyze court decisions involving police or criminal justice agencies in terms of criminal sanctions.
    • Analyze issues of police morale, motivation, retention, selection and recruitment.
    • Develop oral, written, and technological communication for criminal justice professionals.
    • Evaluate and compare the American criminal justice system with other criminal justice systems.
    • Evaluate and determine what should be the consequences of unethical conduct by police officers.
    • Evaluate disciplinary, theoretical, criminological, and philosophical foundations in the management of criminal justice.
    • Evaluate the managerial practices that have shaped the criminal justice professions.
    • Utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills to identify quality scholarship and research in the field of criminal justice.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
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URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
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  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures