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CRIM 435 Policing in America Spring 2008 Instructor: Howard Smith, J.D., Ph.D. Office: 1013 Oswald Tower Phone: 863-8868 E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM Other times by appointment Course Overview: As the course title makes obvious, we will be studying the American police. We will cover a wide range of topics, including history, diversity on the police force, discretion, policing styles, police oversight, due process, police race relations, and police misconduct. We will rely mainly on academic articles and court cases for our readings. Course Materials: All materials are available via ANGEL. You should also review the New York Times daily for relevant news stories. As you undoubtedly know, the New York Times is available to students for free through the University’s newspaper readership program. Academic Integrity: I expect all students to obey the University’s rules concerning academic integrity. I will seek appropriate University disciplinary action against any student engaging in dishonest behavior. Examples of dishonest behavior include, but are not restricted to, plagiarism, cheating on quizzes, and lying about excuses for absences. Students with Special Needs: Penn State offers numerous support services for students with special needs; if you are a student with a special need and have not contacted student services yet, I strongly urge you to do so. In the meantime, please see me as soon as possible if you will require any specific accommodations. Assistance: I encourage all students to come to me immediately with any problems or concerns.
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