JS216_Syllabus - SPRING 2006 JS 216 Mon 5:30-8:15 pm Dr....

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SPRING 2006 Dr. Jan Johnston JS 216 Office: MacQuarrie Hall Rm 508 Mon 5:30-8:15 pm Office Phone: 408 924-2942 Email: johnston@email.sjsu.edu Office Hours: Mon/Wed 1-5:30pm. (except for committee meetings) Other times by appointment AJ216 Advanced Seminar in Justice. Course Description: Identification, analysis and discussion of selected contemporary issues and problems in the justice system. Pre-Requisites: Required for Masters program. Classified graduate standing, and 21 units in residency or consent of instructor. Course Objectives: This seminar is designed to be an opportunity for masters candidates during their final year to undertake a comprehensive review of seminal and current theory, research, policy and practice in four principal areas of justice study - police, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice. Substantive areas of justice like domestic violence, terrorism, white- collar crime, racial disparity, role of the media etc. are incorporated within each of these major areas of administration of justice as relevant. The purpose is to help advanced graduate students develop, accumulate and integrate knowledge in each of these domains together with the capacity to critically analyze classical and contemporary public policy issues. This is regarded as the capstone course for the master’s degree, similar to comprehensive examinations required in many graduate programs. Learning Outcomes: 1. To undertake critical review of current and seminal theory, research, policy and practice in three of four principal areas of justice study – police, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice. 2. To provide oral and written presentations of each review in a manner that a. gives a clear introduction, rationale and purpose, addressing the issues/questions, b. uses an acceptable writing/speaking style and c. uses APA editorial style. 1
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2. To demonstrate reasoning and argumentation in each review that indicates a. an accurate and complete understanding of the issues, b. use of examples, data and references to support knowledge claims, and c. logical presentation of ideas, drawing valid conclusions 3. To synthesize different perspectives and data in a way that a. integrates the main ideas and research findings from multiple sources b. Creates an informative way of viewing the subject as a whole from a balanced, scholarly perspective Required Texts: Cole, G.F., Gertz, M.G., & Bunger, A. (2004). The criminal justice system: Politics and policies. 9 th Edition. Belmont, CA.: Wadsworth. Eskridge, C.W. (Ed.) (2004). Criminal justice: Concepts and Issues: An Anthology. 4 th Edition. Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury Publishing. [E] Muraskin, R., & Roberts, A.R. (2005). Visions for change: Crime and justice in the twenty-first century. 4 th Edition. New Jersey, Pearson, Prentice Hall. Hancock, B.W. & Sharp, P.M. (2004). Public policy, crime and criminal justice. 3 rd Edition. New Jersey, Prentice Hall. Recommended Texts: Thurman, (2004). Contemporary
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