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Criminal Justice 495

CRJU 495: Critical Perspectives in Criminal Justice

Prerequisites: CRJU 385, Senior Standing

Credit Hours: (3)

CRJU 495 is a senior level courses designed to emphasize a variety of applied and synthesizing skills, including oral communication, intensive writing, and service learning. Decision making skills and ethics will also be emphasized in the area of public policy.

 

Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. Introduction to Public Policy
2. Ethics in Criminal Justice
3. Public Policy in Law Enforcement

Five law enforcement issues will be explored with ethical consideration. Position papers and student debate will be utilized to help students master relevant concepts.

4. Public Policy Issues in Courts

Five court issues will be explored with ethical consideration. Position papers and student debate will be utilized to help students master relevant concepts.

5. Public Policy Issues in Corrections

Five correctional issues will be explored with ethical consideration. Position papers and student debate will be utilized to help students master relevant concepts.

6. Service Learning

30 hours of community service (optional)

 

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

CRJU 495 will utilize a discussion-presentation format. Students will be required to present position papers that deal with specific public policy issues in criminal justice and be prepared to have that position critically examined by other class participants. On an individual basis, students may also be required to complete a senior level paper which deals with a problem that confronts our system of justice in the United States. Papers will consider ethical factors and issues. Students may also complete up to 30 hours of community service.

 

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Having successfully completed this course, the student will have:

(a) Developed the ability to communicate orally to the extent that the student can present ideas, facts and feelings in a coherent and logical manner
(b) Developed the ability to uncover, synthesize and defend conclusions based on relevant information involving public policy issues confronting the criminal justice system today
(c) Demonstrated the ability to communicate ideas and thoughts through writing
(d) Developed an ethical framework that will assist with uture decision making in the criminal justice field
(e) Developed an appreciation for and an understanding of the professional responsibilities and obligations assumed by the various practitioners in the criminal justice system
(f) Demonstrated a sensitivity to the broad social problems that presently confront our communities and criminal justice practitioners.

 

Assessment Measures

(1) Skill Assessment

            (a) oral skills

                            1. oral presentations
                            2. student debates

            (b) writing skills

                            1. position papers
                            2. journal entries regarding volunteer work
                            3. Senior level position paper

(2) Knowledge Assessment

            (a) examinations
            (b) public policy position papers
            (c) Senior level research paper
            (d) critical analysis and class participation

 

Other Course Information

None

 

Review and Aproval

DATE ACTION APPROVED BY
July 2005, Reviewed by Dr. Isaac Van Patten, Department Chair

May, 2011