830 Syllabus - Fall 08_1

830 Syllabus - Fall 08_1 - 1 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 830 CORRECTIONS AND SOCIETY FALL 2008 PROFESSOR: Kevin I. Minor, Ph.D. Office: Stratton 104 (Hours: 9:30-11:30 AM, M,T,W and by appointment) Phone: 859-622-2240 (Administrative Assistant: 859-622-1155) Fax: 859-622-6650 Email: [email protected] CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course analyzes the theoretical foundation of corrections in the context of society and applies that analysis to correctional policy and practice. REQUIRED BOOKS: 1. Garland, D. (1990). Punishment and modern society: A study in social theory . Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2. Haney, C. (2006). Reforming punishment: Psychological limits to the pains of imprisonment. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 3. Maruna, S. (2001). Making good: How ex-convicts reform and rebuild their lives. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Students lacking background in the study of corrections are encouraged to complete review of a comprehensive introductory corrections text as early in the semester as possible. Examples of such texts include American Corrections (8 th ed., 2009, Thompson/Wadsworth) by T. R. Clear, G. F. Cole, & M. D. Reisig as well as Corrections in the 21 st Century (4 th ed., 2009, McGraw-Hill Publishing) by F. Schmalleger and J. O. Smykla. COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 1. Demonstrate in-depth comprehension of: (a) major theoretical perspectives on punishment and corrections in the context of wider society, including those developed by Durkheim, Marx, Foucault, Weber, Garland, Haney, Whitman, Maruna, and others; (b) a particular topic in corrections selected for the paper requirement 2. Compare and contrast theoretical perspectives, noting points of linkage 3. Critique these perspectives and discuss modifications and variants thereof 4. Apply theoretical insights to practices, policies, and issues in the field 5. Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing about theories of punishment and corrections More broadly, the seminar is meant to: (a) provide experience at critically analyzing abstract ideas and applying these ideas to practical problems in the quest for creative solutions and (b) enhance your verbal presentation, research, and writing skills. By enabling you to bring your background and perspective to 1
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bear on the material being studied, the seminar will afford you opportunities to develop your own thinking and contribute to the education of other seminar participants (myself included). Other participants will contribute to your education in like fashion; in particular, you will learn a considerable amount about other participants’ paper topics. RELATIONSHIP OF COURSE TO PROGRAM COMPETENCIES:
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