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CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration
White, Harry O.,, Jr.


Mission Statement: 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.

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

Course

CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration

Semester

S1KK 2007 HA

Faculty

White, Harry O.,, Jr.

Title

Associate Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Urban Studies (Administration of Justice)
MPA, Organizational Behavior; M.Ed., Criminal Justice Education
B.S., Administration of Justice

Office Location

Room 102, Bldg 1507 (Lexington Hall)

Office Hours

T & Th 1600 - 1730, other times by appointment

Daytime Phone

781-862-4937

E-Mail

harry.white@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 15 - March 11, 2007

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

5:30 - 8:30 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Schmalleger, F. 2007. Criminal justice today. 9th.ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, Prentice Hall.

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Course Description:
This course is an introduction to the history, nature, structure, and function of the criminal justice system in America, with comparisons to systems in other nations. Examinations of the various aspects of the administration of the justice systems, including law enforcement, courts, correctional agencies (including probation and parole), and including the increasing role of private entities in the system will be conducted. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

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

  1. Demonstrate the use of basic vocabulary of criminal justice.
  2. 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 CJ system.
  3. Compare the American criminal justice system with systems in other nations.
  4. Explain how the current issues such as juvenile justice, technology, terrorism, and drug use affect the criminal justice system.
  5. Discuss some aspect of a current issue in international criminal justice.
  6. Demonstrate the use of tools for gathering, retrieving, evaluating, and communicating information about criminal justice
  7. Express an appreciation for the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with their cultures.


Core Assessment:

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:



 



  • The ride along with the ABC police was not as exciting as I expected after watching many police shows on television.


  • I observed in the DEF courtroom and was surprised to realize that 30 cases processed in an hour


  • The character “Red” played by Morgan Freeman in the movie Shawshank Redemption was institutionalized by his long time in prison and this institutionalization related to the discussion in the text about the appropriateness of long prison sentences.


 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 Rubric

Class 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 than1730 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 than1730, 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.

Tests
There 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.

Grading:

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 points
Quizzes............................................50 points
Essays (3@ 30 points each............. 90 points
Mid 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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Proposed Outline
Week 1, January 16 and 18, 2007
Chapters 1 and 2

Email address due not later than: 1600, January 20, 2007
The criminal justice system – consensus model
Individual versus society rights
Due process model
Crime data and social policy
The 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, 2007
Chapters 3 and 4

Criminological theory
Classical
Biological
Psychobiological
Psychological
Sociological

Computer exercise DUE not later than: 1600 January 30, 2007

Criminal Law
Types
Crime categories
What is a crime?
Elements of offenses
Types of defenses

Criminal Justice Administration essay due NLT 1730, February 6, 2007

Week 4, February 6 and 8, 2007
Chapters 5 and 8

Historical development of police
Agencies, local, state and federal
Issues in policing

Law Enforcement essay due NOT 1730, February 13, 2007

Week 5, February 13 and 15, 2007
Chapters 9, 10 and 11

The American court system a layered cake
State system
Federal system
The court room work group
Pretrial process and procedure
Challenges
Motions
Sentencing goals and philosophy
Types of sentences
Victim involvement
Death sentences

Week 6, February 20 and 22, 2007
Chapters 12 and 13

Parole, probation and community corrections
Definitions and differences
Types of sanctions
Punishment theory and practice
History of punishment
History of prisons
Politically correct punishment

Corrections essay due NLT 1730, February 27, 2007

Week 7, February 27 and March 1, 2007
Chapters 15 and 16

Juvenile justice system
History
Issues
Legal issues
Drug abuse in America
Drugs and crime
Classification of drugs

Week 8, March 6 and 8, 2006
Chapters 17 and 18

Interview DUE not later than: 1730 March 6, 2007

Terrorism
Multinational systems
Chinese
Islamic
International organizations
The future of criminal justice
Technology and crime
Criminalistics
Technology and individual rights

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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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
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 of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1 and 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Combines interview, observations , or watching of a movie (depending on the paper) with the text and four or more other sources into a consistent whole Combines interview, observations , or watching of a movie (depending on the paper) with the text and three other sources into a consistent whole Combines interview, observations , or watching of a movie (depending on the paper) with the text and less than three other sources into a confusing essay Combines interview, observations , or watching of a movie (depending on the paper) with a text but fails to use others sources and essay is unorganized 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1 and 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Analyzes key elements from all sources (the activity, text, and three sources) Analyzes and key elements from all five sources (the activity, text, and three sources) Mentions but does not utilize key elements from sources (the activity, text, and three sources) Doesn't recognize and/or use key elements from sources 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
2 and 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Appraises the sources into a congruous and thoughtful essay (thoughtful implies original thinking) Appraises the sources into a congruous essay Essay appraises limited sources into a suitable whole Evaluation is not present in the artifact 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
By using multiple (more than 8) words specific to the aspect of the profession (law enforcement, courts, corrections),  the artifact demonstrates an exceptional understanding of the terminology in an introductory CJ course By using many (about 8) words specific to the aspect of the profession (law enforcement, courts, corrections),  the artifact demonstrates the expected understanding of the terminology By using less only a few (5) words specific to the aspect of the profession (law enforcement, courts, corrections),  the artifact demonstrates less understanding than expected By not using words specific to the aspect of the profession (law enforcement, courts, corrections),  the artifact fails to demonstrate an understanding of the terminology in a CJ 100 course 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2 and 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
By discussing multiple (more than 5) key ideas in law enforcement, courts, or corrections, the essay demonstrates an exceptional understanding of key concepts By discussing many (about 5) key ideas in law enforcement, courts, or corrections, the essay demonstrates the expected understanding of key concepts By failing to discuss key ideas in law enforcement, courts, or corrections, the essay demonstrates a less then expected understanding of key concepts An artifact that fails to discuss key ideas in law enforcement, courts, or corrections is unsatisfactory 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2 and 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The essay shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding of  terminology and concepts throughout the paper An essay shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper An essay shows little and unsatisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper An essay fails to demonstrate an understanding of terminology and concepts 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The essay contains fewer than 5 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (grammar, spelling, etc.) The essay contains 5 to 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (grammar, spelling, etc.) The essay contains more than 10 errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (grammar, spelling, etc.) The essay contains so many errors in the APA writing convention and in the paper presentation (grammar, spelling, etc.) that it is difficult to read 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact contains less than 2 errors in the following paper components: cover sheet, body of essay, or reference page The artifact contains 2 to 3 errors in the following paper components: cover sheet, body of essay, or reference page The artifact contains more than 3 errors in the following paper components: cover sheet, body of essay, or reference page The artifact is missing some of the required components or they are inappropriately completed 

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