PENN STATE ALTOONA
Dr. Michael L. Arter
Tuesday 10:00 – 12:00
Wednesday 2:00 – 4:00
Thursday 10:00 – 12:00
(Other times by appointment)
This course will focus on providing an understanding of the history, function, and role of
policing in American society.
American policing will be examined to consider the
relationship between police officers, policing organizations, the criminal justice system,
the public being served, and society at large.
We will incorporate information and theory
with practical real world examples in order to better understand the complex
responsibilities of law enforcement professionals.
Students will recognize and apply fundamental law enforcement concepts, theories,
and organizational philosophies to real-world situations.
Students will broaden and strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the
multitude of issues impacting policing in America at the individual, societal, and
Students will demonstrate their ability to think critically about the relationship
between policing and American culture, including, but not limited to, issues regarding
race, ethnic origin, social class, gender, age, sexuality, and disability.
Students will engage in a community service/practical experience project in order to
develop a real world understanding of issues impacting specific populations and the
general public, as well as the policing agencies which service those populations.
It is intended for students to explore their own morality and personal ethics when
considering the issues under examination in this course and communicate their
understanding, thoughts and insights, both verbally and in writing.
Each of these objectives will be assessed through a combination of formal and informal
measures including examinations, individual participation and class discussions, student
journals, writing assignments, group projects and student initiated inquiry.