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CMRJ525 - Negotiations: Crisis and Hostage

Course Details

Course Code: CMRJ525 Course ID: 2591 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

An examination of how to effectively manage critical incidents and hostage situations in law enforcement and corrections. Combining principles and applications from criminal justice, psychology, sociology, communications, business and other disciplines, this course presents an effective conceptual framework students can apply in high-pressure situations.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO1: Differentiate between both hostage and non-hostage, and negotiable and non-negotiable situations;

CO2: Summarize the phenomenon known as Stockholm Syndrome, to include traits associated with both survivors and succumbers;

CO3: Recommend actions for negotiating in various circumstances; to include negotiating with individuals with past military experience, and the emotionally disturbed;

CO4: Outline the warning signs and appropriate law enforcement actions regarding suicide by cop;

CO5: Compare and contrast soft versus hard negotiations;

CO6: Examine successful versus unsuccessful traits of hostage negotiators, to include the impact and method of dealing with polarization;

CO7: Judge the assertion that it is always best to not negotiate with Terrorist Group’s;

CO8: Extrapolate the role that health care professionals, hostage negotiators, and tactical team members play in successfully dealing with crisis and hostage situations.


Instructions and grading expectations for all forums will appear in the Forums section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all assignments will appear in the Assignments section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all exams will appear in the Tests & Quizzes section of the course site.

NameGrade %
Intro 1.00 %
Intro 1.00 %
Forums 24.00 %
Wk 1 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 2 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 3 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 5 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 6 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 7 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 6 Research Paper 25.00 %
Week 6 Research Paper 25.00 %
Midterm Exam 25.00 %
CMRJ525 Mid Term Exam 25.00 %
Final Exam 25.00 %
CMRJ525 Final Exam 25.00 %

Weekly lessons and assigned readings are available in the course site.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.