Cost: $100

This 0.5 credit hour course provides an introduction to criminal justice with an emphasis on the courts. Using OER (open educational resource) materials, students will be introduced to the federal and state court systems in the United States; including the history, functions, structures, actors, and trial processes. Students will also learn about challenges facing the courts and how they impact criminal justice and the United States.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this badge, students will be able to:

  • Identify, define, and properly utilize terminology and concepts associated with criminal justice and courts.
  • Summarize the history and functions of federal and state courts in the United States.
  • Outline the structure and trial processes of courts in the United States.
  • Identify courtroom actors and define their roles.
  • Examine court methods and contemporary challenges.

Credit Hours

Successful completion of this badge is awarded 0.5 online hours of credit. Workload for completion is based on the expectation that students will spend a minimum of 7.5 hours in instruction over the length of the badge and an additional 15 hours on preparation, readings, studying, writing, research and other assignments as determined by the badge instructor. Activities will involve working online, participating in asynchronous activities, and other offline work.

Credit Criteria

Grading Scale: Badge/No Badge

Evaluation: 100% completion of badge criteria


Taylor Moore

Taylor Moore

Taylor joined the MRC as an Instructional Designer in June 2015 after completing her BS and MA in Criminal Justice from Wichita State University. Before joining the IDT team, she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the School of Community Affairs at WSU. There she assisted in the development and implementation of online course documents and assessments for many online Criminal Justice Courses.