CJ100 Intro to Criminal Justice Admin

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CJ 100 

Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration (MGE)

Section HOB

Fall 2004

John Hamilton

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Administration

Mackay  Rm. 20C

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30-9:00; 11:00-12:00. Tuesday and Thursday: 10:30-12:00; and, by appointment 

Phone: (816) 584-6302; pager, (816) 247-2531

e-mail:           john.hamilton@park.edu

Dates of Course:    August 23, 2004- December 17, 2004

Location of course:           Mackay 21

Class times: Tuesday and Thursday 8:40-10:00

Credit hours:                       3






The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.



Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.




An introduction to the history, nature, structure, and function of the criminal justice system on 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. 




The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactive ness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, and writings.  The instructor will engage each learner in the process of critical thinking whereby all information is critically examined to allow the learner to conduct a logical analysis in arriving at conclusions about the validity and value of the information.



          Students excelling in this class will:

1.                  Develop a basic vocabulary of criminal justice so they may better communicate knowledge of the subject

2.                  Attain a basic understanding of the American criminal justice system, its history, nature, and structure (including law enforcement, courts, and corrections) and how it functions

3.                  Discuss some aspect of a current issue in international criminal justice

4.                  Examine the increasing role of private entities in the American criminal justice system

5.                  Develop an understanding of how special issues of juvenile justice and drug use affects the criminal justice system

6.                  Examine the effect of technology and terrorism on the future of the criminal justice system

7.                  Express an appreciation for the diversity of value systems and their interconnections with their cultures

8.                  Compare the American criminal justice system with systems in other nations


Upon completion of this class, students will demonstrate:


1.                  An ability to apply the material learned to factual situations

2.                  Improved skills in gathering and evaluating information effectively

3.                  Improved written and oral communication skills through interaction with other students in a structured, but flexible environment

4.         An ability to use tools for gathering, retrieving, evaluating, and   communicating information about criminal justice



          Schmalleger, Frank.  Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction 5th edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.:Prentice Hall, 20023. ISBN 0-13-140776-7



            Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examination, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.



Plagiarism – the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work – sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.



          Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment.  Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for the student receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency. Class attendance is a major portion of the “Class Participation” grade




          Assignments should be turned in on or before the due on which they are due.  Certain work may be made up in cases of legitimate absence.  The instructor must be notified (phone, e-mail, or pager) prior to the absence for the absence to be considered excused.  Five points will be deducted for papers submitted late and up to five points will be added to papers submitted prior to the due date.  Missed examinations must be made up prior to the next scheduled class period, unless arrangements are made with the instructor.



            Assessment of learning will be through tests, quizzes, exercises, papers, and presentations.          



            It is expected that members of the class will treat each other with respect and dignity.  There will be many different views and opinions and no one should be chastised or ridiculed for their contribution to the class.  Students should come to class properly prepared to discuss the scheduled lesson. 



          Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act




            The instructor may amend this schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.



August 24                   Introduction to course

            August 26                   Chapter 1       What is Criminal Justice

            August 31                   Chapter 2       The Crime Picture

            September 2             Chapter 3       Criminal Law

            September 7             Chapter 3      

September 9             Review of Chapters 1-3

September 14           Test #1

September 16           Chapter 4       Police Organization and Management

September 21           Chapter 4

September 23           Chapter 5       Policing: Legal Aspects

September 28           Chapter 5

September 30           Chapter 6       Issues in Policing

October 5                   Chapter 6 and essay #1 due

October 7                   Review of Chapters 4-6

October 12                 Discussion of essays

October 14                 Test #2

October 19                 Fall Break – no class

October 21                 Fall Break – no class

October 26                 Chapter 7       The Courts    

October 28                 Chapter 7

November 2               Chapter 8       The Courtroom Workgroup

November 4               Chapter 8

November 9               Chapter 9       Sentencing

November 11             Veteran’s Day – no class

November 16             Review Chapters 7-9

November 18             Test #3

November 23             Chapter 10     Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections

November 25             Thanksgiving Break – no class

November 30            Chapter 11     Prisons and Jails

December 2              Chapter 12     Prison Life and essay #2 due

December 7              Chapter 12

December 9              Review for final examination

            (FINAL EXAMINATION: 12/16/04  8:00-10:00)


ESSAYS:  Students will be expected to write two 3-5 page essays addressing issues in the criminal justice system.  More details about the topics and structure of the essays will be provided during the first three weeks of class


EXTRA POINT ACTIVITIES:  If the student desires, extra points may be earned by engaging in one of the following activities:

1.                                          Conduct an interview with a law enforcement officer, corrections official, probation officer, or parole officer; participate in a ride-a-long with one of the previously listed persons; or, attend a court trial at the State Court level. Write a paper no more than two pages in length documenting what you observed and how it related to what you learned in this course

2.                                          Clip at least 10 newspaper, magazine, or journal articles relating to law enforcement, courts, or corrections and write a paper of no more than two pages in length relating the articles to the material in your text


In choosing either option, the student must demonstrate how their experience or reading relates to the information provided in this course (either textbook material or lecture/guest speaker material)




            Three tests                                         300 points                              43%

            Comprehensive final                        100     “                                   14%   

            Essays (100 pts. each)                    200     “                                   29%

            Class participation                            100     “                                   14%

                        TOTAL                                    700


Extra Credit Activity                          50       “



In computing grades, the following scale will be used; however, the instructor reserves the right to make adjustments: A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=less than 60%. In determining grades on papers, major factors to be considered include whether or not the assignment was completed correctly and in a timely manner.  Five points will be deducted for papers submitted late, and up to five points will be added for papers submitted prior to the due date.