Policing in a Democratic Society

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Course Number: CRIMLJUS 7120
Course Name: Policing in a Democratic Society (Online)
Course Description:    Policing in a democratic society offers a critical and an in-depth analysis of past, present, and future law enforcement functions in the United States. Examines how police as agents of social control operate and function within a democratic society.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you should be able to:>

  • Explain the history and development of law enforcement in the United States.
  • Describe the various structures and organizational styles consistent with contemporary police departments.
  • Explore endemic issues facing law enforcement.
  • Explain contemporary issues associated with community-oriented policing.
  • Describe future law enforcement trends.
  • Critically analyze problems, issues, and challenges facing law enforcement agents.
  • Understand Problem Oriented Policing
  • Understand law enforcements role in responding to and preventing terrorism

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1: An Overview of the Structure, History, and Development
At the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Appraise the historical development of policing in the United States.
  • Compare and contrast the political and professional models of policing.
  • Distinguish and analyze the various eras of law enforcement in this country.
  • Differentiate various theories of police culture and behavior.

Unit 2: Discretion, Force, Deviance, and Ethics
At the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Differentiate and evaluate the various forms of illegal police behavior.
  • Compare and contrast various theoretical perspectives on police misconduct.
  • Assess the various aspects of police ethics.
  • Evaluate the role of research in setting police policy.

Unit 3: Drug Enforcement and Community Oriented Policing
At the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Appraise the role of the community in community policing.
  • Compare and contrast the various models of contemporary policing.
  • Assess the role of organizational leaders in modern police thought.
  • Evaluate the growth of community-oriented policing.

Unit 4: Hazards, Organizations, the Present, and the Future
At the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Appraise the historical development of deadly force policies.
  • Assess the impact of civil liability cases in law enforcement operations.
  • Analyze the role of research in law enforcement.
  • Evaluate future trends in law enforcement.
  • Describe law enforcements role in response to and prevention of domestic and international terrorism.  

Number of Exams:  There is 1 final exam for this course.

Number of Assignments:  There are 15 assignments, 4 position papers, and 1 research paper for this course.

Number of Projects:  There are no group projects for this course.

Grading Information

Final grades are based on total accumulated points. The breakdown of points is as follows:   

Description/Points Possible
Weekly Discussion: Assignments/Responses:   100 points
Position Papers:   200 points
Research Paper:   100 points
Final Examination:   100 points
TOTAL POINTS:  500

GRADING SCALE:
A= 450 - 500 Points
B= 400 - 449 Points
C= 350 - 400 Points

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