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810 Syllabus - Fall 08

810 Syllabus - Fall 08 - Eastern Kentucky University...

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Eastern Kentucky University Department of Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies Master of Science Program in Correctional / Juvenile Justice Studies COR 810 UNDERSTANDING CRIME, DELINQUENCY, AND CORECTIONAL PROGRAMS FALL 2008 PROFESSOR: Kevin I. Minor, Ph.D. Office: Stratton 104 (Hours: 9:30 – 11:30 AM, M-W and by appointment) Phone: 859-622-2240 (Administrative Assistant: 859-622-1155) Fax: 859-622-6650 Email: [email protected] CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course presents and critiques explanations of crime and delinquency from a multi-disciplinary perspective and examines their use in adult and juvenile correctional programs. REQUIRED READINGS: 1. Akers, R. L., & Sellers, C. S. (2009). Criminological theories: Introduction, evaluation, and application (5 th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. 2. Williams, F. P. III, & McShane, M. D. (Eds.). (1998). Criminology theory: Selected classic readings (2 nd ed). Cincinnati, OH: Anderson. 3. Supplemental readings are available on Blackboard. Weekly reading assignments will be made during class sessions. COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: 1. Display knowledge of the nature of criminological theory including definition and components, varieties of theory, and criteria for evaluating theories 2. Demonstrate in-depth comprehension of major theoretical perspectives on crime and criminalization including assumptions, concepts, and propositions 3. Critique theories and discuss modifications thereof 4. Compare and contrast perspectives 5. Apply theoretical insights to practices, policies, and issues in the field 6. Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing about criminological theory More broadly, the course is also meant to: (a) provide experience at comparing, contrasting, critiquing, and discovering the implications of abstract ideas and (b) enhance your written and verbal communication skills. RELATIONSHIP OF COURSE TO PROGRAM COMPETENCIES: Members of the graduate faculty in the Department of Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies have approved the following statement in regard to the competencies graduates of the program are expected to demonstrate. Graduates of the program are expected to use analytical and critical thinking to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas: 1. written and oral communication and computer literacy 2. the application of problem solving to evaluating and synthesizing information
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3. comprehension of the corrections / juvenile justice field (including the historical, theoretical, and legal foundations of the field; methods of gathering and analyzing information for research purposes; and the major bases of literature) 4. organizational skills and professional leadership This course addresses the first and third of these areas. Written and oral communication skills (first area) are meant to be developed through the exam, paper, class participation, and paper presentation. These requirements along with course readings, lecture material, and class discussions are designed to
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