CJS4400 Courtroom Documentation

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Johnston

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the arena of the courtroom. Legal factors, judicial decision-making processes and influential variables on both the state and federal level will be identified and explored for the purpose of enhancing the knowledge and understanding of the structure of the court systems. In addition, students will have the opportunity to address the challenges associated to the fundamental power relationships that drive American politics.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The course is intended to be both an introduction and an intensification of topics covered in other courses but with an emphasis on the structure and assembly of both the federal and state court systems and judicial processes alike.

Why This Course Is Important:

Our nations court system is what society relies upon to ensure that justice is upheld, served, and embraced. Individuals that find themselves within the judiciary system may indeed be culpable; however, due process ensures that a lens of innocence is employed prior to trial, as the process utilized in America ensures that you are deemed innocent until proven guilty. The structure, dynamic, and political semantics that flood the court system on every level can influence the judiciary proceedings; at times, this is influence is beneficial and in other circumstances, this type of influence is detrimental. This course provides students with the opportunity to critically assess these variables and explore the Biblical principalities that are pertinent to ensuring that justice is administered within a just manner as well as embracing a notion of rehabilitation versus that of condemnation.