CJ482 Syllabus W11 - GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY CULTURE...

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1 GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY CULTURE, CRIME AND JUSTICE - CJ 482 Fall 2010 Professor: Dr. Pakky Gerkin Days Class Meets: Tuesday & Thursday Office: 283 C DeVos Center Time Class Meets: 8:30 – 9:45 Office Phone: 331-7175 Location of Class: 205 D DeVos Email:[email protected] Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 – 12:30 Wednesday 9:00 – 10:00 (LOH Study Area) COURSE DESCRIPTION: An exploration of the relationship between culture, crime and justice that seeks to increase student’s cultural competence in relation to the administration of justice and the justice professions. PREREQUISITES and/or CO-REQUISITES: CJ201 and Junior Standing TEXT: McNamara, R. and Burns, R. (2009). Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System. New York, NY: McGraw Hill. OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student will: 1. Examine and analyze theories of identity and culture across various social and historical contexts (analysis). 2. Assess the relationship between cultural difference, law breaking, victimization, administration of justice, and justice professionals (evaluation). 3. Analyze how group/collective identifications impact the nature, meaning, and experience of crime, crime control and justice (analysis). 4. Exhibit increased cultural competence in relation to the administration of justice and the justice professions (application). GUIDING QUESTIONS: What is identity? That is, how are identities created, maintained, imposed, embraced, and rejected by individuals, groups, regions, and nations? What role does culture play in understanding the nature, meaning, and experience of crime, criminal behavior, crime control, and justice? That is, how does our understanding of others and ourselves impact how we think in terms of these issues? How do individual and group identities impact the social realities of crime and justice? How does cultural sameness or difference affect the work of criminal justice professionals? How does identity, including national identity, sexual identity, and religious identity, enhance or minimize the importance of concepts like equal protection and due process? WEEKLY PLANNER:
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2 Week Reading Assignment: Topics & Events 1 Introduction to Culture, Crime & Justice Reading Assignment: The Nacirema- Culture. 2 What is culture? Reading Assignment: Chapter 1 3 Culture Continued & Groups- (Models of group relations). Reading Assignment: Chapter 2 Group #1 Article 4 White Privilege (In the CJ System) Group #2 Article 5 Race and Communication Race, (Racism, Prejudice, and Discrimination). Reading Assignment: Chapter 3 Group #3 Article 6 The Cultural Context of the Law. Typologies of Justice 7 Exam 1 (Thursday, February 24) African Americans and the Criminal Justice System. Reading Assignment: Chapter 4 8 Hispanics and Asian Americans in the Criminal Justice System Reading Assignment: Chapter 5 Group #4 Article 9 Spring Break (March 6-13 th ) ENJOY!
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