Additional Resources: Discussed in class, if required.
Course Description: An introduction to the history, nature, structure, and function of the criminal justice system in America, with comparisons to systems in other nations. An examination of the various aspects of the administration of justice systems, including law enforcement, courts, correctional agencies (including probation and parole), including the increasing role of private entities in the system. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: This instructor is committed to the proposition that education can be serious without being grim, that no honest question ought to be taboo, and that everyone who works at it with diligence and courage can learn to think more clearly, accurately and efficiently expressing ideas with clarity and poise regarding the institutions that make up the criminal justice system within this country.
Learning Outcomes:Students will be able to demonstrate the use of the basic vocabulary of criminal justice and express a basic understanding of the American criminal justice system, its history, nature and structure (including law enforcement, courts and corrections) and how it functions, while examining the role of private entities in the criminal justice system. Students should also be able to compare the American criminal justice syatem with the system in other nations, and explain how the current issues such as juvenile justice, technology, terrorism, and drug use affect the criminal justice system. Students will be able to discuss some aspect of a current issue in international criminal justice and demonstrate the use of tools for gathering retrieving, evaluating and communicating information about criminal justice. Finally, students will be able to express an appreciation for the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with their cultures.
Course Assessment: The class grade will be assessed primarily as a result of three examinations during the eight week period. These examinations will consist of multiple choice questions, fill in the blank statements and a couple written responses to text reading and classroom lecture. A portion of your final grade will be based on your attendance and participation in the class. You must read the textbook assignment before each class and be prepared to ask and answer questions!
Grading: 1. Examination #1 (Chapters 1-5), 30 points
2. Examination #2 (Chapters 6-10), 30 points
3. Examination #3 (Chapters 11-15), 30 points
4. The instructor reserves the right to award the final 10% of the grade based on classroom interaction, attendance and cooperation.
There are 100 possible points in this class. Your grade will be dependent on the total amount of points you acculate. For instance:
"A" = Superior Achievement (90 - 100 points)
"B" = Excellent Achievement (80 - 90 points)
"C" = Satisfactory Achievement (70 - 80 points)
"D" = Marginal Achievment (60 - 70 points)
"F" = Unsatisfactory Achievement (below 60 points)
Late Submission of Course Materials: Any missed examination must be made up/completed (with instructor's permission) during a time set aside by the instructor. Material will not be accepted after the final unless prior permission from the instructor is received and may be subject to a penalty.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Break time will be about 6:30 to 6:45. Food/drink items in the classroom are allowed if the Education Center doesn't mind. Please remember to be considerate of those who must clean. We will have a second break about 7:45. If you are late, please still come to class. If the class is testing that day, please make your entrance a seamless one. If the instructor is talking, you should be listening. Please be courteous!
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: WEEK DATE TOPIC/ASSIGNMENT
1 3/15 Welcome/Syllabus Review
Chapter 1 Lecture
1 3/17 Chapter 2 Lecture
2 3/22 Chapter 3 Lecture
2 3/24 Chapter 4 Lecture
3 3/29 Chapter 5 Lecture
Exam 1 Review
3 3/31 Examination 1
4 4/5 Chapter 6 Lecture
4 4/7 Chapter 7 Lecture
5 4/12 Chapters 8 & 9 Lecture
5 4/14 Chapters 10 Lecture
Examination 2 Review
6 4/19 Examination 2
6 4/21 Chapters 11 & 12 Lecture
7 4/26 Chapter 13 Lecture
7 4/28 Chapter 14 Lecture
8 5/3 Chapter 15 Lecture
Examination 3 Review
8 5/5 Examination 3
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101Plagiarism is a serious allegation, and one that can stain an otherwise perfect academic record. It occurs generally because of two factors -- laziness and a lack of creativity. To distance yourself from these two issues, make your work exciting, look forward to participating in class and think of ways to constantly improve your knowledge through research, feedback and creative thinking.
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 100
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