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Course Description:

The student will examine the criminal justice systems of England, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, China, and Japan in terms of the four families of law: Common Law, Civil Law, Socialist Law, and the Islamic (Sacred) Law. An analysis is made of the criminal procedure, constitutions, court systems, law enforcement agencies, and correction systems. Transnational crimes such as smuggling are examined as well as supranational courts. This is a capstone course for students in criminal justice, containing eight modules and requiring a final, comprehensive research project. The student will learn the terms, reasons for comparing criminal justice systems, the basics of political culture vs. political justice, and basic values in the criminal justice systems, as well as the use of crime statistics.

Prerequisite skills and knowledge: The student should have an understanding of the structure and functions of the various parts of the criminal justice system and the relationship of federal, state and local criminal-justice agencies, such as might be learned in a course in Introduction to Criminal Justice and/or through extensive work within the field of criminal justice. Students should possess an advanced competency in formal, college level analytical writing, being able to examine facts and problems, analyze issues, research remedies, apply theoretical concepts, examine alternatives and formulate and communicate solutions. Additional previous coursework in introductory sociology, psychology and/or human development is desirable but not required.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Fall 1.

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