CJS6400EN - Courtroom Documentation

Course description

This course provides an analytical framework to evaluate the various that contest with judiciary proceedings and court-related measures that directly manipulate state and federal court systems. Students will assess the contextual strategies pertaining to the structure of the court system in regards to the establishment of policy within America.

How this course benefits students

The course assumes basic knowledge of the issues associated to legal administration proceedings with the opportunity for students to advance their knowledge on an analytical level by contextually assessing the political dynamics within America. Students will have the knowledge to evaluate the challenges that permeate the court system and legal proceedings while being exposed to the mission associated to reaching out to the individuals that are in need of guidance, forgiveness, and supervision while maneuvering through the legal processes that are mandated by the American legal system.

Why this course is important

Our nation’s 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.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Criminal Justice
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Melinda Whitman, Esq., Senior Professor of Criminal Justice

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course will expound upon the principalities of order, justice, and expectations pertaining to the legal system in America while embracing a Biblical stratagem of guidance, forgiveness, and understanding.

Missionally driven

This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore the purpose of order and strategy within the justice system; the focus is on the structure of the legal system and the approach employed when working with individuals within the community that desire for justice to be served. Such processes initiate behavioral and legal transformations, reflecting the element of rehabilitation of illegal or wrongful acts that violate justice order.

Contextually informed

Justice dates back to Biblical times and although there have been many modifications to the system as a whole, the goal of judiciary proceedings on both a state and federal level is to address behaviors that are culturally and legally unacceptable and assess the appropriate and proportionate response.

Interculturally focused

By definition and essence, the court system embraces a notion of aristocratic divisions within culture, expectations, norms, and society alike. This course will provide the opportunity to explore each of these variables in relation to the functionality, purpose, and operations that influence the justice system and the ruling of cases on both a state and federal level.

Practically minded

The goal is to equip students with a better understanding of the procedures and policies of the court system as a whole while revealing the challenges associated to these operations. The challenges associated to the court system will be evaluated by employing a practitioner lens to assist with the functionality of the system and a theoretical lens to assist with the contextual understanding and application.

Experientially transformed

Students will have the opportunity to collaborate together on addressing the serviceable populations that most often need, use, and manipulate the politics within the court system realm. In addition, exercises and assignments will challenge and enrich the analytical methods associated to political elements within the American court system.