Faulkner University

Course Descriptions for Master of Justice Administration

Justice Writing

This course emphasizes the development of practical skills necessary to complete advanced writing tasks common in the criminal justice environment. Attention is given to the use of Lexis and other on-line legal research systems. Common formats and documentation styles utilized in the legal profession are emphasized. There is special focus on the writing of legal briefs, investigative reports and memoranda.

5320 Law and Justice

This course traces the development of law in the United States, contrasts different legal forums, reviews the trial process and appellate review, and examines methods of deciding civil and criminal cases. Various legal forums are evaluated in their respective roles in the American legal system. Trial process, appellate review, and case decision methodology are explored.

5330 Administration of Justice

This course acquaints the student with organizational, administrative and financial practices as they interact with the courts, corrections and police administrations. This course presents material related to police management and decision making processes. Administrative activities of court administration and corrections administration are addressed. Various budgeting methods for criminal justice administrators are evaluated.

5340 Policing in America

This course addresses policing in America by examining selected topics. The interaction of crime and politics is presented and discussed. Functions of the police in the community are explored. Aberrant police behavior and domestic and international violence are also related to the challenges of policing in America.

5350 Corrections

This course provides a comparative study of corrections issues regarding administration, organization and management practices currently used. Attention is given to various management styles. Various sentencing alternatives are considered. The rehabilitation vs. punishment debate is explored in light of current developments in criminal justice.

5360 Courts

This course presents a study of the American judicial system by examining the structure and roles of key courtroom players, procedures and evidentiary issues, punishment and sentencing issues, and the moral and ethical obligations of the court system and its players. The roles of judges and juries in criminal trials are considered. Moral issues relating to judges and other key people in the court system are examined. Punishment and sentencing dynamics are evaluated.

5370 Ethics

This course applies foundational ethical principles to current ethical challenges within the criminal justice areas of policing, courts, corrections, and legal services. Materials related to deontological and teleological ethics are presented. Consideration of the six major ethical views is provided. Cases of ethical violations committed by attorneys in various jurisdictions are evaluated as they relate to codes of ethics. Consideration is also given to variations in some attorney ethics rules among jurisdictions.

5380 Comparative Criminal Justice

This course compares issues pertinent to the criminal justice systems on a global basis by reviewing cross-cultural aspect of crime, the economic impact of international crime, terrorism and its relationship to international aspects of criminal justice, punishment strategies and capital punishment. Political and state organized crime are considered. Punishment issues related to policing and crime control are explored. International terrorism is explored on a global basis.

5390 Research Methods

This course will cover research design, hypothesis testing, sampling techniques, data fathering, data analysis, the scientific method used in criminal justice research and the basic components of the research process. Data gathering techniques are presented and evaluated. Central tendency and measures of dispersion are studied. Effective presentation techniques of research findings are discussed.

5395 Research Project

This course is a capstone course that requires the student to use the knowledge and skills gained in the preceding courses by preparing a research proposal which will include a description of the problem, literature review, proposed research design and methodology, and methods of data analysis. Development of a working bibliography and outline of the project compose the focus of the initial portion of this course. Literature review and data gathering are considered. Material related to proper data analysis is presented.
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