ERIC Number: ED207395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Syllabus Design and Construction in Criminal Justice Education.
Culbertson, Robert G.; Carr, Adam F.
Undergraduate course syllabi on law enforcement, courts-law, corrections, and general criminal justice-criminology were assessed, based on 759 usable submissions from 193 junior, community, and senior colleges and universities. Based on the analysis, a set of syllabi to represent the core of a criminal justice curriculum was constructed. Course titles, descriptions, and topical outlines were examined, and each syllabus was coded for a presence of 27 items that might be expected to be found in course syllabi. Course offerings at two-year colleges covered a narrower range of content than offerings at four-year colleges and universities. Among the 759 syllabi analyzed, 138 different course titles were identified. Courses selected for inclusion in the core curriculum were based on the frequency of occurrence among the syllabi received. The top 14 ranked courses were selected as the core. Criminalistics, investigation, and police courses make up nearly one-third of those listed. Syllabus models were constructed for the 14 courses in the combined two-year and four-year core, plus two additional courses. Syllabi were constructed from five syllabus components: course description, rationale, goals and objectives, conceptual outline, and texts. The following syllabi are presented: administration of justice, correctional process, criminal investigation, criminal law, criminalistics, criminology, evidence, introduction to corrections, introduction to criminal justice, introduction to law enforcement, juvenile delinquency, juvenile procedure, police administration, police community relations, police organization and management, and research methods. (SW)
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Correctional Rehabilitation, Course Content, Criminal Law, Criminology, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Evaluation, Delinquency, Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Juvenile Courts, Law Enforcement, Police Education, Research Methodology, Textbooks, Undergraduate Study, Upper Division Colleges
Joint Commission on Criminology and Criminal Justice Education and Standards, University of Illinois, Box 4348, Chicago, IL 60680.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Joint Commission on Criminology and Criminal Justice Education and Standards, Chicago, IL.