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Page 1 of 6 TEMPLE UNIVERSITY -- DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE COURSE SYLLABUS -- SPRING SEMESTER 2011 Title : JUSTICE IN AMERICA -- CJ 0852 Section 001 Room : Anderson 208 Time : T/TH 9.30 – 10.50 am Professor : Alan Harland, LL.M., Ph.D. Office : 531 Gladfelter Hall Tel.: 215-204-1506 E-Mail : [email protected] Office Hours : T/TH 11.15 am – 12.30 pm, and by appointment. COURSE DESCRIPTION This is one of several US Society GenEd courses designed to enhance your understanding of the history, society, culture, and political systems of the U.S. In Justice in America, students will engage in an interdisciplinary examination one of society’s most enduring conflicts – the struggle to achieve an appropriate balance between state power to prevent and control crime, and the rights of individuals to be free from undue government coercion. Within the context of the structures and processes of the criminal justice system students will investigate a select number of critical policy issues/problems, and ponder questions about the legitimacy of the criminal law method of social control. Against a brief introductory background to notions of justice in general and some of the major policies and practices in the field of criminal justice in particular, students will have the opportunity to question their effectiveness, efficiency , and fairness , and to increase their skill in being able to articulate reasoned, logical, and evidence-based grounds for their conclusions and opinions. The overarching focus of inquiry at all times is “Just or Unjust?” Constituent questions include: How well is society doing in its efforts to prevent/control crime? How do those efforts rate in terms of securing a just balance between the rights of individuals and the coercive powers of the government? Are we doing things right? Are we doing the right things? What improvements should be made? How can we know/decide? TEACHING PHILOSOPHY AND COURSE LEARNING GOALS The course is designed to reflect a teaching philosophy that learning processes [lectures, assignments, exercises, observations, etc.] and assessment methods [exams, papers, class participation, etc.] should be driven by and explicitly foster learning goals. Wherever possible, the aim is for assessment and learning to overlap as much as possible, and for learning goals for students to be linked to the broader mission of the university. In particular, focus is on active “learning by doing” rather than passive memorization of spoon-fed content. For this course, this produces the following set of goals: Disciplinary Knowledge Goals Students completing this course will be able to: Explain in basic [A,B,C] terms the meaning of criminal justice in terms of: o The scope and focus of criminal justice as an A cademic discipline” – multi-disciplinary, systems, and social science/liberal arts orientation, with emphasis on theory, research, and policy [don’t expect clinical professional training in Fingerprinting 101 or Firearms 102!] o
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2011 for the course CRIMINAL J sec taught by Professor Harland during the Spring '11 term at Temple.

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