Topics: Crime, Criminal justice, Academia Pages: 12 (2476 words) Published: August 28, 2013
Criminal Justice 205: Introduction to Criminal Justice
Section 101
Credit Hours: 3
Fall 2013
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
10:10-11:00 a.m.
208 Humanities Building

Contact Information
Dr. Sarah Koon-Magnin
*Email is preferred method of contact*
(251) 460-7161

Office Hours and Location
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
11:05 a.m. – 1:05 p.m.
By appointment as needed
208 Humanities Building

Course Description
A review of the system for the delivery of Criminal Justice services in the U.S. and an analysis of operational practices at the major criminal justice decision stages. Criminal Justice majors must pass with a "C" or better.

Course Pre-requisites
There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Goals and Objectives of the Course
Introduction to Criminal Justice provides an overview of the three major institutions of criminal justice in the United States. After an introduction to the phenomenon of crime in America, we will spend the majority of time in this course focused on these three major institutions: police, courts, and corrections. The semester will conclude with an introduction to the juvenile justice system in America, which operates separately from the adult criminal justice system. By the end of this course, students should be able to:

• Describe the major trends in crime in the U.S. from 1980 to present • Understand the basic functions of the three primary institutions of the criminal justice system • Understand the various forms of interaction between the institutions of criminal justice • Explain the role of discretion in the American criminal justice system • Explain the differences between the adult criminal justice system and the juvenile justice system • Identify, understand, and explain the basic functions of the juvenile justice system

Course Format
This course will be taught as a “no web component” course which means that we will be meeting three times per week in a traditional classroom setting.

Course Materials
Crime & Justice in America: An Introduction to Criminal Justice (Second Edition) by Joycelyn M. PollockAnderson Publishing ISBN: 978-1-4377-3512-3

There is a website for this course on Sakai. Throughout the semester, the syllabus, students’ grades, and in-class handouts will be available for downloading and viewing on that site at the following address: http://www.southalabama.edu/ecampus/

There are a total of five examinations in this course: four mid-term exams and a comprehensive final exam. • The four mid-term exams, each covering a few weeks’ worth of material, are worth 30 or 35 points each. • The final exam is comprehensive and will include material from the entire semester. The final exam is worth 55 points.

Make-Up Examination Policy
Exams can be rescheduled only for extenuating circumstances (e.g., student is hospitalized) and the student must contact Dr. Koon-Magnin in advance of the scheduled exam time. If the student cannot contact Dr. Koon-Magnin in person, the student must send an email to, or leave a voicemail for, Dr. Koon-Magnin prior to the exam. In the rare case that an exam needs to be rescheduled, it must be completed during the scheduled make-up exam period in Week 16 of the semester (December 2, 3, and 4; times to be determined).

Course assignments
In addition to the four mid-term exams and comprehensive final exam, there will also be 10 quizzes/in-class activities and students will also be graded for attendance/participation. See the attendance policy below.

Attendance/Participation Policy
There are a total of 39 class meetings this semester, not including those meetings in which an exam is taking place. Attendance will be taken on those 39 days, with half of a point (0.5) awarded for each day that the student is present. • In order to be marked present, students must be physically present when Dr....
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