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Composition for Communication in the Criminal Justice System




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course prepares students to communicate effectively in both verbal and nonverbal forms. Students explore best practices of investigative reporting and composing written communications, such as administrative reports and memos, interpreting and using body language, and interpersonal interactions within criminal justice settings. This includes interactions with victims, suspects, incarcerated persons, as well as government officials, staff, and civilians.



What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Describe the communication process. 
  • Identify the types, components, and functions of verbal and nonverbal communication in criminal justice settings. 
  • Explain how to overcome potential barriers in different types of communication. 

Week 2

  • Identify proper communication techniques necessary for various criminal justice settings
  • Describe effective interviewing and questioning techniques
  • Discuss interviewing preparation methods related to desired interview outcomes and expectations. 
  • Explain the significance of nonverbal cues during the interview process. 

Week 3

  • Identify the types and uses of written communication in criminal justice settings
  • Explain the guidelines for fact-based report writing in criminal justice settings. 
  • Illustrate how effective written communication affects the criminal justice process. 

Week 4

  • Identify strategies for effectively communicating within the criminal justice process. 
  • Compare communication dynamics in non-emergency and emergency incidents, critical incidents, and conflict situations. 
  • Discuss methods for overcoming language and situational barriers in communication.

Week 5

  • Explain the effects of technology on communication within the criminal justice system. 
  • Discuss procedures for interacting with the media during critical incidents. 
  • Describe ways of using technological communication methods in criminal justice settings. 
  • Discuss the impact of social media on communication between the criminal justice system and the public. 


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