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http://cjtoday.comhttp://cybrary.infohttp://ncjrs.orgCourse 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: The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.
Learning Outcomes: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
Course Assessment: Examinations, quizzes, presentations, projects, papers, etc.
Grading: Assignments/Class Points
Analysis/Research Paper 50 pts. 21%
Mid-term examination 50 pts. 21%
Comprehensive Final examination 100 pts. 42%
Class participation (5pts/class) 40 pts. 16%
Total 240 pts.
A = 90 to 100% (216 to 240 pts.)
B = 80 to 89% (192 to 215 pts.)
C = 70 to 79% (168 to 191 pts.)
D = 60 to 69% (144 to 167 pts.)
F = less than 60% (143 pts or less)
Late Submission of Course Materials: Assignments should be turned in on or before the day on which they are due. Certain work may be made up in cases of legitimate absence. The instructor must be notified (e-mail or phone)prior to the absence for the absence to be considered excused. Five points will be deducted for papers submitted late. Missed examinations must be made up prior to the next scheduled class period, unless arrangements are made with the instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: 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.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: The instructor may amend this schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students. Reading assignments must be read prior to the class period in which they will be discussed. Information on the Analysis/Research paper will be handed out the first day of class.
June 7th -- Chapters 1 and 2. Lecture,discussion and review.
June 14th -- Chapters 3 and 4. Lecture, discussion and review.
June 21st -- Chapters 5 and 6. Lecture, discussion and review.
June 28th -- Chapters 7 and 8. Midterm examination.
July 5th -- Chapters 9 and 10. Lecture, discussion and review.
July 12th -- Chapters 11 and 12.Lecture, discussion and review.
July 19th -- Chapters 13 and 15.Analysis/Research paper due.
July 26th -- Chapters 16 and 18.Comprehensive final examination.
Daily Class Schedule
5:30 to 6:45 Lecture/discussion
6:45 to 7:00 Break
7:00 to 8:15 Lecture/discussion
8:15 to 8:30 Break
8:30 to 9:50 Discussion/review or examinations
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 101
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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