CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration
S1KK 2007 HA
White, Harry O.,, Jr.
Ph.D. Urban Studies (Administration of Justice)MPA, Organizational Behavior; M.Ed., Criminal Justice EducationB.S., Administration of Justice
Room 102, Bldg 1507 (Lexington Hall)
T & Th 1600 - 1730, other times by appointment
January 15 - March 11, 2007
5:30 - 8:30 PM
Schmalleger, F. 2007. Criminal justice today. 9th.ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, Prentice Hall.
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Student-oriented discussions will be used as often as possible, with lectures provided when necessary to present information that is not contained in assigned readings. Students are expected to come to class prepared to contribute to the substance of the course. Out-of-class assignments are designed to evaluate the student's achievement of the performance objectives. Tests are not for the purpose of grade assignment. Rather, to ascertain the level of understanding of the basic concepts of criminal law. All materials contained in the text book are the responsibility of the student whether discussed in class or not
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
You will be expected to write a paper containing three essays in CJ 100, Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration - one law enforcement, courts and corrections. The essays may be collected all at once or at different times during the couse.
An essay is a short work that treats a topic from an author's personal point of view, often taking into account subjective experiences and personal reflections upon them.
In one part of the paper, you must report and reflect on an interview with a professional; in another you must observe an agency in action and report and reflect on the observation (a case in a courtroom, probation and parole clients reporting to their officer, ride alone in a police car), and in the third you must watch a movie and relate its contents to the course. The order of the interview, observation, or movie doesn't matter. Thus, the first essay may be a movie about law enforcement.
Each part of the paper should be two to three, computer-generated pages written in American Psychological Style (APA). You can learn about this style from the Park University website. Late papers will not be accepted. Students should use six sources (the activity, your text, and four others) for each essay, and they should tie their topic to the text.
An essay is a well-structured (i.e., organized) presentation of your ideas about what you have read, observed, heard, seen. It is presented in a way that is easy to follow and understand.
An essay can have many purposes, but the basic structure is the same no matter what. You may be writing an essay to argue for a particular point of view or to explain the steps necessary to complete a task. You may begin with a topic sentence such as:
To write an essay, follow a few simple steps:
· Decide on your topic.
· Prepare an outline or diagram of your ideas.
· Write your thesis statement.
· Write the body.
· Write the main points.
· Write the sub-points.
· Elaborate on the sub-points.
· Write the introduction.
· Write the conclusion.
· Add the finishing touches.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Each student is expected to attend class regularly, read all assigned material, participate in class discussions, perform satisfactorily on examinations, and complete assignments in a timely manner. It must be noted that all writing assignments must be written in third person using a computer. Additionally, the following requirements must be accomplished:
1. Complete the computer exercise (example is attached). There is a special note about this requirement. This exercise serves many purposes, not the least of which is to ensure that everyone is introduced to computer technology. Wordprocessor software offers tools that every writer should use, document formatting, type and size of font, spell and grammar check. Because of the availability of these tools, proper spelling and grammar is required on all written work. It could be argued that this is not an English course, however, writing is the "stock-in-trade" of all criminal justice professionals and there is a need to develop those skills during all studies. Therefore, formatting, spelling and grammar will be very critically assessed. DUE not later than: 1730 January 30, 2007
2. Conduct an interview with a criminal justice system professional (police officer, judge, prosecuting attorney, defense lawyer, probation or parole officer, corrections officer, etc). The interview must be summarized in written form and presented in a 2 page paper. Each paper must have a cover page appropriately identifying the course name and number, date, semester, person interviewed including their job title, and my name. This is not a repeat of the computer exercise but a separate written task. Each paper will identify the person's education, experience, perceptions of the criminal justice system, and how they recommend preparation for their job. Exceptions: Working professionals must interview a practitioner NOT in your specific career field. DUE not later than: 1730 March 6, 2007
3. Complete a homework assignment using the internet. This task will be explained in full at a later time.
4. Establish an email account with the university. As email will be an integral part of this course. Email accounts must be established and notification of your address, by email, DUE not later than: 1730, January 23, 2007
5. Complete three (3) essays as prescribed in Core Assessment. Criminal Justice Administration essay due NLT 1730, February 6, 2007; Law Enforcement essay due NOT 1730, February 13, 2007; Corrections essay due NLT 1730, February 27, 2007
6. There will be two major examination, a mid term and final. The final examinaiton is not compehensive as it will only include that material convered since the mid term.
TestsThere will be quizzes following each chapter that are designed to reinforce and emphasize important material. Quizzes may or may not be announced ahead of time consistent with the progress of the course. Additionally, there may be other assessment mechanisms used to evaluate level of comprehension of the material. Evaluations may be in the form of pop quizzes, short answer questions, essays, or verbal reports. In order to get credit for the quizzes a grade of 60 percent must be achieved. The requirement is based on the premise that it is inconsistent with criminal justice professionals to reward mediocrity, therefore, a reasonable grasp of the concepts can only be demonstrated by achieving this "passing" score. Total credit for the quizzes is based on total number of correct responses throughout the quarter.
Student evaluation will be based on individual performance on examinations, written reports, and class participation. There are 400 total points for this course and the accumulated sum will determine the final grade based on the following scale.
Computer exercise .........................10 points Interview.........................................30 points Email................................................20 pointsQuizzes............................................50 pointsEssays (3@ 30 points each............. 90 pointsMid term examination....................100 points Final examination...........................100 points
A = 360-400; B = 320-359; C=280-319; D=240-279; F= <240
The notation "I" may be issued only upon written completion of a "Contract for Incomplete" signed by the student and the instructor and placed on file in the Office of the Registrar or Campus Center. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for the course. An "I" indicates that the coursework was not completed in the time allotted in the semester/term through no fault of the student as determined by the professor. Assignment of an "I" may result in: (1) an expansion of the requirement; (2) an increase in performance standard; or (3) both. Note: taking an "I" may suspend the students from financial aid. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog, p. 92.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Tests cannot be made up, ex post facto, but can be taken in advance if it is known that one will be administered. It is a matter fairness because once the examination is administered there is potential for compromise. Therefore, make-up examinations are discouraged and will be available only for emergency reasons, appropriately documented. It is emphasized that late or handwritten papers will not be accepted. Further, the date due is the last but not the first. In other words papers can be completed and handed-in at any time. It is a good idea to accomplish the task early so that personal events do not preclude a timely completion of the assignment. Again, late or handwritten papers will not be accepted.
Proposed OutlineWeek 1, January 16 and 18, 2007Chapters 1 and 2
Email address due not later than: 1600, January 20, 2007 The criminal justice system – consensus modelIndividual versus society rightsDue process modelCrime data and social policyThe Uniform Crime Report (UCR)National Crime Victimization Survery (NCVS)Establish university email account NLT 1730, January 23, 2007
Week 2 and 3, January 23, 25, 30 and February 1, 2007Chapters 3 and 4
Criminological theoryClassical BiologicalPsychobiologicalPsychologicalSociologicalComputer exercise DUE not later than: 1600 January 30, 2007
Criminal Law TypesCrime categoriesWhat is a crime?Elements of offensesTypes of defensesCriminal Justice Administration essay due NLT 1730, February 6, 2007
Week 4, February 6 and 8, 2007Chapters 5 and 8
Historical development of policeAgencies, local, state and federalIssues in policingLaw Enforcement essay due NOT 1730, February 13, 2007
Week 5, February 13 and 15, 2007Chapters 9, 10 and 11
The American court system a layered cakeState systemFederal systemThe court room work groupPretrial process and procedureChallengesMotionsSentencing goals and philosophyTypes of sentencesVictim involvementDeath sentences
Week 6, February 20 and 22, 2007Chapters 12 and 13
Parole, probation and community correctionsDefinitions and differencesTypes of sanctionsPunishment theory and practiceHistory of punishmentHistory of prisonsPolitically correct punishmentCorrections essay due NLT 1730, February 27, 2007
Week 7, February 27 and March 1, 2007Chapters 15 and 16
Juvenile justice systemHistoryIssuesLegal issuesDrug abuse in AmericaDrugs and crimeClassification of drugs
Week 8, March 6 and 8, 2006Chapters 17 and 18
Interview DUE not later than: 1730 March 6, 2007
TerrorismMultinational systemsChineseIslamicInternational organizationsThe future of criminal justiceTechnology and crimeCriminalisticsTechnology and individual rights
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