cjs225 | undergraduate

Critical Thinking In Criminal Justice

Explore by:

or call us at



This course introduces the topics of critical and creative thinking. This overview course defines and differentiates the two topics, and helps students explore how personal beliefs are formed and evaluated. Special attention is placed on how critical and creative thinking are used to create solutions to problems encountered by criminal justice and security personnel.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

topic title goes here

    Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Decision Making

    • Justify the decision making process in problem solving.
    • Describe your personal decision making approach.
    • Describe the need for information gathering and analysis in decision making.

    Use of Critical and Creative Thinking Skills in Problem Solving

    • Evaluate how critical thinking skills have worked within criminal justice agencies at the federal, state, and local levels.
    • Describe various problem solving scenarios which confront criminal justice personnel.
    • Develop personal approaches to using both critical and creative thinking skills.

    Critical and Creative Thinking Skills in the 21st Century

    • Describe how technological advances have enhanced the critical thinking skills of criminal justice agencies.
    • Evaluate the benefits and risks of the use of technology in creative thinking in criminal justice in the 21st century.

    Thinking versus Critical Thinking

    • Describe thinking and critical thinking.
    • Explain how personal and professional barriers can impede the use of critical thinking skills within a criminal justice agency.
    • Illustrate how critical thinking skills are used.

    Critical and Creative Thinking

    • Explain different approaches to problem solving.
    • Differentiate between critical and creative thinking approaches in the problem solving process.
    • Evaluate usefulness of creative thinking as a problem solving process within the criminal justice system.
    Tuition for individual courses varies. For more information, please call or chat live with an Enrollment Representative.

    Please ask about these special rates:

    Teacher Rate: For some courses, special tuition rates are available for current, certified P-12 teachers and administrators. Please speak with an Enrollment Representative today for more details.

    Military Rate: For some courses, special tuition rates are available for active duty military members and their spouses. Please speak with an Enrollment Representative today for more details.

    The University of Phoenix reserves the right to modify courses.

    While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

    Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.