Introduction to Criminal Justice
01/17/2012 - 05/13/2012
MW 15:00 - 16:20
1:50p - 2:50p
Eastview Room #2223
M W Th
8a - 9:10a
Eastview Room #2223
a. Outside reading: A selection of outside reading and questions will be assigned periodically throughout the semester. The due date is a week from the date the assignment is assigned. Late assignments will not be accepted.
b. Current event: With this assignment, you have an option of picking whatever current event you would like to share as long it is related to criminal justice. You will be required to present your current event to the rest of the class.
To complete this assignment, you must write a summary of the article between 250-500 words typed double spaced. You will need to attach a copy of the article once you turn it in. Late assignments will not be accepted.
c. Quizzes: Coming to class is the only way you are allowed to take these quizzes. Any correct answers will be added points to your next test grade.
d. Successfully complete examinations: There will be (4) examinations, a combination of multiple choice and true/false. Test material will come from your textbook and outside reading. Exam dates is noted in the course calendar. There is NOT a comprehensive Final Exam.
d. Attendance/Participation: Each unexcused absence will result in a 10 point deduction from the 50 points available for attendance in this class. Attendance for which a medical or court excuse is provided (professional letterhead required) will be recorded but not figured in the attendance grade. Likewise, three (3) absences for which notice is given by email or in person will not be figured in the attendance grade. Excessive tardiness or early departure from class will be counted as an absence.
If you make an effort to answer questions and share your ideas during class throughout the semester, you will earn all 50 points that are available. If you are prepared for the class and choose not to participate, you will lose a percentage of participation points for the course.
Attendance and participation are easy ways to improve your grade in this course. Please come prepared for class and I will do my best to make class interesting.
EXAMS AND COURSE GRADING:
Students should be prepared to take the exam at the time noted on the course calendar.
Outside reading/questions 100 points
Current events 50 points
Attendance/Participation 50 points
Exam (4) 400 points (100 point each)
The final grade will be based on the following:
Note: Electronic devices in classroom:
- Please turn off cell phones or put on silent.
- Feel free to leave class to answer cell phones.
- Refrain from texting. If not, cell phones will be picked up and returned to you at the end of class.
Make sure the use of laptops is related to classroom activities. Otherwise, laptops will be banned from classroom.
Required textbook: Criminal Justice A Brief Introduction 9th ed by Schmalleger, Prentice Publisher
History and philosophy of criminal justice and ethical considerations; crime defined: its nature and impact; overview of criminal justice system; law enforcement; court system; prosecution and defense: trial process; and corrections.
Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives
January 18 First Day of Class
January 23 What is Criminal Justice?
January 25 Chapter 1
January 30 The Crime Picture
February 1 Chapter 2
February 6 Criminal Law
February 8 Chapter 3
February 13 Chapters 3
February 15 Exam #1
February 20 Policing: Purpose and Organization
February 22 Chapter 4
February 27 Policing: Legal Aspects
February 29 Chapter 5
March 5 Policing: Issues and Challenges
March 7 Chapter 6
March 12-16 Spring Break
March 19 Exam #2
March 21 Chapter 7
March 26 The Courtroom Work Group and the Criminal Trial
March 28 Sentencing
April 2 Chapter 9
April 4 Exam #3
April 9 Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections
April 11 Chapter 10
April 16 Prisons and Jails
April 18 Chapter 11
April 23 Prison Life
April 25 Chapter 12
April 30 The Juvenile Justice System
May 2 The Juvenile Justice System
May 7 Chapter 13
May 9 Exam #4
May 13 Last Day of Class