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CCJ 345W Investigating Difference

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    Aug 08, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Maniglia is extremely passionate about everything that she teaches. CCJ 345W was the third class I took with Maniglia, and once again, it was an amazing experience. The class material taught me a lot about how people from all different backgrounds experience the justice system in the United States. I feel that it is an extremely important course to take if you are going to have a career in the system because the things we learned in this class could be directly applied to a variety of careers in the justice system. It was also a vital class to take because it had a writing requirement. There was an English professor who also graded the papers. This helped with our writing skills as well as our citing skills. Overall it was an amazing experience, and it is one of the classes that I will be able to apply to my career in the justice system.

    Course highlights:

    One of the highlights of this course was how well the professor taught. She always thought of out of the box ways of teaching us about abstract concepts. One of my favorite lessons was when she was teaching us about how race is a socially constructed concept. She brought a chair into the classroom and showed us that the chair was only called a chair because it was named as so by humans. She explained that race is the same way. The only reason black people are called black people and white people are called white people is because us humans named eachother as so.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would tell students who are considering this course that it is definitely worth it. I learned things in this course that will help me in any career that I choose in the justice system. Not only will it help me in my career, but the concepts I learned about in this class helped me see things in a different light.

    • Spring 2016
    • Rebecca Maniglia
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Jul 19, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this class to prospective students. It was a relatively difficult class that required copious amounts of writing. Reading comprehension is a crucial skill necessary to succeed in this class. The content was interesting; it focused on how to apply content from the reading to real-life situations happening in the world.

    Course highlights:

    Regardless of an individual's creed, CCJ 345W allows one to begin to understand the differences of others. The purpose of the course is to investigate differences among others and how the differences relate to the criminal justice system. For example: for decades the disparity for punishment for possession of crack cocaine vs the punishment for possession of the same amount of cocaine was outrageously high. Previously, the comparative weight ratio was 100:1. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 reduced the disparity to 18:1. Why did the disparity exist? Crack cocaine was viewed as a cheap "black" drug found primarily in inner cities while pure cocaine was a "white" drug. The disparity was obviously race-related and was partially fixed in 2010. Race was the key difference in the sentencing disparity. This topic and others like are highlights of this course.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared to write every single week. There were many times which I thought I had written enough content only to have the professor and/or T.A. send me back my paper with red marks across the pages. Next, be ready to delve into foreign topics. By foreign I mean unknown. The course spends a lot of time discussing minorities' relationship to the criminal justice system. The instructors will take time to help you pass this course. Use the tips they give you from your rough draft to perfect your final draft.

    • Summer 2016
    • Williams,S
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Final Paper
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    Apr 17, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would highly recommend this course, partially due to the intimate environment the professor created and the small class size. When talking about racial, gender, and sexuality based differences, it is easy for students to feel uncomfortable and shrink back into a zone they are used to. However, this course encouraged students to embrace this uncomfortable feeling. We questioned why it was even there, and things we could do to change that. It is important to break down that initial barrier that way we can have real and emotional discussions about what makes us different. This is significant for a Criminal Justice course, because understanding difference will help us better understand how to move people out of the system and into mainstream society.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of the course were our classroom debates. Twice in the semester we had debates, where the teacher would randomly place us on either side of a very controversial topic. This was challenging to me, because I was passionate about both the topics and really was looking forward to arguing my case. However, during both dates I was placed on sides that opposed my personal beliefs. This was beneficial to me academically because it taught me how to debate better, and how it is important to search for knowledge in all facets rather than just what I support. However, this also was beneficial to me as a human because I learned just because I have a strong opinion about something, does not mean that opinion is correct.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    My advice for students taking this course is go into it with an open mind and be prepared to seek help. Since it is a junior level writing course, it is imperative that your grammatical and structural skills are at a high level. I would recommend utilizing the writing lab to make sure formatting is correct. However, the writing itself is not the most difficult part of the course. It is difficult because of the content you will be writing about. The topics of diversity are not easy. They are complex and thought provoking topics that affect real people's daily lives. Essentially, the way you handle these topics can affect how a trans woman or a black man maneuver their way through the system one day. Try your best to let go of the predetermined opinions you think are set in stone, because this course will make you question them quickly.

    • Fall 2015
    • Rebecca Maniglia
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Lots of Writing Great Discussions

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