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Criminal Justice Integration

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course focuses on the interdependency of organizations and agencies in the criminal justice system. Specifically, the course will examine the competing roles of law enforcement, courts, prosecution, defense counsel, etc., in the pursuit of justice.





This course provides a graduate-level introduction to the criminal justice context for the student who is not familiar with it—corrections, courts, and the police force. It also requires the student to work on further peer-reviewed research of each area and to apply biblical concepts to a synthesis of ideas while demonstrating a basic competency in reasoning, writing, and research skills.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Implement the basics of writing, research, grammar, and logical reasoning.
  2. Evaluate challenges and trends in policing.
  3. Evaluate challenges and trends in court systems.
  4. Evaluate challenges and trends in corrections.
  5. Defend the foundations of criminal justice from a biblical perspective.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

American Psychological Association (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Masters, R. E., et al. (2017). CJ: Realities and challenges (3rd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 9781260394344. (This required resource has been provided in this course as an e-book). However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the book, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of the physical copy of the textbook is optional.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word

Course Assignments

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 (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300–350 words, include at least 2 peer-reviewed sources cited in current APA format, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words, include at least 1 peer-reviewed source published within the last 5-10 years, and be cited in current APA format.

LearnSmart Criminal Justice Exercises (13)

Based upon the required reading, these online, interactive exercises ensure that the student will understand the fundamental concepts of the course. The student is allowed an unlimited number of attempts to complete these exercises until the assignment is due in order to maximize full credit. The highest score will be recorded.

LearnSmart Achieves (6)

LearnSmart Achieves help the student grasp the basics of writing, research, grammar, and logical reasoning. These exercises are designed so the student only needs to focus on potential deficiencies and can move on quickly when competence is demonstrated. The student is allowed an unlimited number of attempts to complete these exercises until the assignment is due in order to maximize full credit. The highest score will be recorded.

Biblical Worldview Exercises (4)

These online, interactive presentations provide an overview of biblical principles of government and criminal justice. The student is allowed an unlimited number of attempts to complete these exercises until the assignment is due in order to maximize full credit. The highest score will be recorded.

Article Critiques (3)

For each Article Critique, the student must select 2 peer-reviewed articles published within the last 5-10 years. Using concepts presented in the weekly Reading & Study, the student must write a 4-7 page (double-spaced) critique of each of these articles in current APA format. The title page, abstract, and reference pages are excluded from the page deliverable length.

Synthesis Paper

The student must write a 8-page double-spaced research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on a recent, relevant criminal justice issue in the area of either police, courts, or corrections. The required 8 pages for this paper excludes the title, abstract, or reference pages. The paper must propose a solution to the assigned issue and include how this solution fits into the worldview of Liberty University, which seeks to train criminal justice leaders to influence criminal justice policy within a Christian worldview. The paper must include at least 8 peer-reviewed sources published within the last 5-10 years.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (4 at 50 pts ea)


LearnSmart Criminal Justice Exercises (13 at 20 pts ea)


LearnSmart Achieves (6 at 20 pts ea)


Biblical Worldview Exercises (4 at 25 pts ea)


Article Critiques (3 at 65 pts ea)


Synthesis Paper





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


CJUS 500

Textbook: Masters et al., CJ: Realities and Challenges (2017).


Reading & Study




Masters et al.: chs. 1–4

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

LearnSmart CJEs 1–4






Masters et al.: chs. 5–6

1 presentation

LearnSmart CJEs 5–6

LearnSmart Achieve 1

Biblical Worldview Exercise 1

Article Critique 1






Masters et al.: ch. 7

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

LearnSmart CJE 7

LearnSmart Achieve 2

Biblical Worldview Exercise 2






Masters et al.: chs. 8–9

1 presentation

LearnSmart CJEs 8–9

LearnSmart Achieve 3

Article Critique 2





Masters et al.: ch. 10

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

LearnSmart CJE 10

LearnSmart Achieve 4

Biblical Worldview Exercise 3






Masters et al.: chs. 11–12

1 presentation

LearnSmart CJEs 11–12

LearnSmart Achieve 5

Article Critique 3





Masters et al.: ch. 13

1 presentation

DB Forum 4

LearnSmart CJE 13

LearnSmart Achieve 6

Biblical Worldview Exercise 4






Masters et al.: chs. 14–16

1 presentation

Synthesis Paper




DB = Discussion Board

CJE = Criminal Justice Exercise

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.