MCAS Cherry Point, Havelock, NC Fall I 2004COURSE NUMBER: CJ100
COURSE DESCRIPTOR: CRIMINAL JUSTICE
COURSE TITLE: INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE
PROFESSOR: VINCENT J. INFINITO, ESQ.
FACULTY TITLE: SENIOR INSTRUCTOR
OFFICE HOURS: MON & WED 1615-1645
TERM & DATES: FALL I, 2004; 09 AUG – 03 OCT 2004
MEETING: MON/WED 1645 – 1915
PARK EMAIL: Vincent.Infinito@park.edu
CREDIT HOURS: 3 CREDIT HOURS
SITE: MCAS CHERRY POINT
VISION STATEMENT: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society
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.
SYLLABUS FOR INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE
I. 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.
II. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: This course will require the student to understand and analyze the operations of the various parts of the Criminal Justice System and their interrelationships as well as their impact on the individual.
III. TEXTBOOK: CRIMINAL JUSTICE; 5th Edition, Joel Samaha; West Publishing Company, 1999.
IV. SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCE MATERIALS LIST: The following materials will assist any student wishing to explore this subject in greater detail. Introduction To Criminal Justice; Senna and Siegel, Sixth Edition, West Publishing Company; The Process Is The Punishment, Feeley, Malcolm (1979) New York, Russel Sage Foundation; Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics; Maguire, K & T, Flanagan (1991) Washington, D.C., USGPO; Crime In The United States, Federal Bureau of Investigation, (1994) Washington, D.C. USGPO.
V. ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.
VI. PLAGIARISM: 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.
VII. ATTENDANCE POLICY: 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 absences for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
VIII. LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: The instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero.” All tests must be taken on the dates the class is given the test. Extreme situations may be handled by the instructor on a case-by-case basis. A determination of an “extreme situation” is solely the instructor’s.
IX. COURSE ASSESSMENT: The final course grade for the student will be determined by class participation, two examinations (midterm and final) and assigned projects or term papers.
XI. CLASSROOM RULES: Cell phones, beepers and other communication devices are not to be used, or on, during class. Disruptive behavior (as determined by the instructor) is unfair to the other students and will not be tolerated. Loud talking, snoring, sleeping, coming late to class or leaving early, except in emergencies, will not be tolerated. Multiple disruptions over a term will lead to the withdrawal of the student from the class by the instructor. The instructor may announce other rules from time to time.
Disabilities: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These quidelines are designed to supply direction 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent 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: www.park.edu/disability.
XII. GRADING POLICY:The final course grade will be determined using the following measurement:
Class Participation: 10%
Mid- Term Examination: 40%
Term Paper: 10%
Final Examination: 40%
Students will be prepared to discuss all scheduled assignments in class.
The grade scale is as follows:
A -93% or above
B -85% to 92.99%
C -77% to 84.99%
D -70% to 76.99%
F -below 70%
XIII IMPORTANT DATES
Beginning of Term: 09 AUG 2004
Last Day of Add/Drop: 16 AUG 2004
Last Day of Partial Refund for Withdrawal: 10 SEPT 2004
Last Day of Withdrawal: 17 SEPT 2004
End of Term: 03 OCT 2004
TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
Part One - Criminal Justice System
09 August Formal & Informal Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice and the Law Chap 1 & 2 pp.1-38
11 August Crime, Criminals and Victims Chap 3 pp 38–63
Part Two - Police
16 August Police: History, Missions and "Working
Personality” Chap 4 pp 64-78
18 August Police Strategies Chap 5 pp 79-93
23 August Police and the Law Chap 6 pp 94-113
25 August Discussions & Problems
30 August. REVIEW
01 Sept. MIDTERM EXAMINATION
Part Three - Courts
06 Sept. Court Structure and Process
Charge, Trial and Guilty Pleas Chap 7&8 pp 114-152
08 Sept. Sentencing Chap 9 pp 153–172
Part Four – Corrections
13 Sept. Community Corrections Chap 10 pp 173-190
15 Sept. Prisons, Jails and Prisoners Chap 11 pp 191-219
20 Sept. Prison Life Chap 12 pp 220-
22 Sept. Juvenile Justice Supplement
27 Sept. REVIEW
29 Sept. FINAL EXAMINATION