Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
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Textbook Reichel, P. L. (2013). Comparative criminal justice systems: A topical approach (6th ed.). Upper
Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
Grading Events & Grading Criteria Unless otherwise specified, all assignments must be submitted via Blackboard
Course Preparation Quiz 15 Points
Discussion Board (Week 1, 2, 4) 100 Points
Project One (Law Enforcement) 150 Points
Project Two (Criminal Law) 150 Points
Exam One 100 Points
Exam Two 100 Points
Tech Live Weekly Reflections 60 points
Total Points 675 Points
Students are expected to have read the assigned materials prior to the weekly module and be able
to intelligently respond to questions about and discuss the readings. Points will be based on the
1. Response to the posted question/topic within the week of the module keeping in mind
that more than opinion is being solicited. Support your opinions/arguments utilizing
course material and/or other relevant and academically oriented sources.
2. Response to at least two other students posts which is designed to foster interaction as
well as designed to challenge one another to potentially look at topics or arguments from
a differing viewpoint. Keep in mind the intent is not to cause argument but rather to
Students are encouraged to raise issues and ask questions regarding current or outside the
classroom events that are related to the course. A student MUST have full participation with
responding to all of the posted questions/topics for each module as well as a minimum of at least
two responses to other students posts in order to attain the full one hundred (100) points for
Students are required to write two (2) papers describing (2) major components of foreign country
of the students choosing (instructor must approve selection). The assignments will require the
student to research, write a paper, and make a presentation, by means of developing a
PowerPoint presentation covering the material presented in the formal paper describing (1)
Police/Law Enforcement of a foreign country and (2) The of a
foreign country. The specific topics and grading criteria for the written assignments and
presentation follow and are incorporated into this syllabus.
Written assignments are to be word processed using Microsoft Word, size 12 New Times Roman
font, double spaced with one (1) inch margins around the page (default), using the American
Psychological Association (APA) citation method. Your research papers and presentations
should be thorough and scholarly. Jargon, lingo, and street language are to be avoided and their
use will decrease your grade. By way of example, and not limitation, cop is generally
unacceptable, police officer or law enforcement officers is preferred. A person may be
mentally ill or legally insane (they are not the same), not nuts or crazy.
The material expected to be covered in each written project is covered toward the end of this
syllabus. Keep in mind, the paper should be written as such. In other words, based off the
material list pertaining to information that should be covered, make the information into a
paperdo not simply bullet point answers. Further, ensure that you are crediting the source(s)
used for the information that you are referencing by utilizing the proper APA format. The
written paper must be submitted prior to the date/time due, as noted in the course schedule,
and submitted via Blackboards SafeAssign feature.
The PowerPoint portion of the assignment must be submitted via an electronic mail (email)
attachment prior to the due date/time or utilizing the submit feature within the respective module
under the assignment section. If the student runs into problems submitting the email due to size
of the attachment, note pages of the presentation would be perfectly acceptable. If questions
arise in regard to how to do so, in advance, ensure that you get with the instructor to work
through PowerPoint to print the note pages if necessary.
Information to Cover for Projects:
PROJECT ONE: POLICE/LAW ENFORCEMENT
CLASSIFICATION OR TYPE OF STRUCTURE
NUMBER OF AGENCIES IN THE COUNTRY
OFFICERS PER 1000 POPULATION
ARMED OR UNARMED
Centralized or decentralized
State or provincial
CORRUPTION AND MISCONDUCT ISSUES
LEVEL OF COOPERATION WITH FOREIGN AGENICES
PROCEDURES, POLICIES, METHODS OR IDEAS THE U.S. SHOULD ADOPT: At
least one (1) procedure, policy, or idea must be described that you feel the U.S. should adopt and
PROCEDURES, POLICIES, METHODS OR IDEAS THE U.S. COULD NOT OR
SHOULD NOT ADOPT: At least one (1) procedure, policy, or idea must be described that the
U.S should not or could not adopt and explain why.
PROJECT TWO: CRIMINAL LAW
BACKGROUND OF COUNTRY
Location on map
Racial, ethnic, and/or religious population percentages
Method by which sovereignty was attained
Type of government
Method of selecting officials in branches
Substantive Criminal Law
Procedural Criminal Law
DESCRIBE PROCEDURAL PROTECTIONS
PROJECT GRADING CRITERIA
150 points possible per project
Grading areas for Paper Portion
Length/Grammar 20 points possible
15 points possible
Critical Thought 50 points possible
15 points possible
Paper Portion: 100 Points Possible
-Less than 700 words, poor grammatical usage, poor document construction 0-11 points -700+ words, many grammatical problems, moderate construction 12- 17 points -700+ words, few grammatical problems, good construction 18- 20 points
-No theoretical component, insufficient cites, no bibliography/refere nce list, uses same citation repeatedly 0-5 points -Theoretical substance lacking, information referenced but not explained, mistakes with citations, references not clearly marked, some overlap of citations used 6-10 points -Well cited, thorough application of course content/theoretical components, well documented bibliography 11-15 points
-No expansion of material/insight, does not relate own observations/experience to paper 0-15 points -Some expansion of material/insight, shows some understanding and application of course material, relates some experience/observations to paper 16-30 points -Expands material/insight to own experiences and observations, shows full understanding and application of course material, questions and confirms course material with own insight and support of other documentation 31-50 points
-Assignment not followed/doe s not address topics as noted 0-5 points -Follows some aspects of assignment but does not fully address all topics 6- 10 points -Addresses all aspects of assignment and fully covers all topics 11-15 points
PowerPoint Presentation 50 Points Possible
-Students presentation is inconsistent, unclear or not cohesive failing to fully cover/address areas listed in requirements and doesnt match material in paper 0-15 points
-Presentation is fairly clear and cohesive while covering most but not all of the areas listed in requirements and somewhat matches material covered in paper 16-34 points
-Presentation is well organized and fully covers all areas listed in requirements and matches material presented in paper 35-50 points
Examinations will consist of fifty (50) questions in a multiple choice, true/false, and fill-in the
blank format. Each response has a value of two (2) points towards a students grade.
Examinations must be completed by the date/time listed in the course syllabus and may have
Grading Scale The following grading scale will be used to assign a grade at the end of the course:
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F 59.99% or below