CRJU331.fall 2010.finn.syllabus

CRJU331.fall 2010.finn.syllabus - DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL...

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DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE College of Health and Human Sciences Georgia State University Web: www.cjgsu.net Phone: 404-413-1020 CORRECTIONS CRJU 3310 (84432) Professor: Mary Finn Fall 2010 Office: Urban Life 1214 Class room: ALC 212 Phone: (404) 413-1038 Class time: T/TH 8:00-9:15 a.m. Office hours: M 3:00-4:00 p.m. Credit hours: 3 TH 9:30-10:30 a.m. or by appointment E-mail address: mfinn@gsu.edu Course Description This course will examine the adult correctional system in the United States. The course begins with a brief overview of crime, the criminal justice system, and the correctional system. We then examine the historical development of the correctional system with a focus on the different goals and types of criminal punishment and the common ideologies influencing correctional system development. The bulk of the course will study various aspects of the present day correctional process - sentencing, probation, community corrections, jails, prisons, parole, correctional administration, inmate litigation, and gender, race and ethnicity issues facing corrections. Course Objectives: 1. All students will demonstrate understanding of current operation of the correctional system in the U.S. 2. All students will demonstrate understanding of the historical development of the correctional system. 3. All students will demonstrate understanding of the goals, sentencing structures, and types of punishment employed by the correctional system. 4. All students will demonstrate understanding of corrections impact on women, racial and ethnic minorities, and mentally disordered offenders. Prerequisites None. Required Texts Allen, Harry E., Latessa, Edward J., & Ponder, Bruce S. (2010). Corrections in America: An Introduction (12th Ed.). New York: Prentice Hall. Recommended Books : Conover, Ted. (2001). New Jack: Guarding Sing Sing . New York: Vintage Press
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Santos, Michael G. (2006). Inside: Life Behind Bars . New York: St. Martins/Griffin Press Additional readings may be distributed by the professor. Course Requirements and Grading Students may choose Option A or Option B. Option A requires students to complete three in-class exams, to participate in class discussions and to attend class regularly. Exams are non-cumulative and will be a combination of objective (multiple choice, true or false, matching, fill in the blank) and subjective questions (short-answer, short essay) requiring student to apply their knowledge. Option A Grading Scale: Exam 1 . ............................. 30% Exam 2 . ............................. 30% Exam 3 .……. ...................... 30% Class attendance . .............. 5% Class participation . .......... 5% 100% Final grades will be calculated and awarded as follows for Option A:
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