Introduction to Corrections
Instructor: Dominic Cortinas
1. Text: American Corrections, 8th ed. George F. Cole, ISBN:
2. Course Descritption:
Introduction to Corrections is a ten-week course that provides a snapshot
into the ever-evolving world of corrections in the United States. This
course covers topics ranging from the victim to the incarceration of the
This course is an introduction and will provide the basic understanding of
corrections and its intent is to lay the groundwork for future classes.
The learning objectives of this text are to:
Provide students with a solid understanding of how each component of the
corrections system fits in overall.
Present a balanced look at the major issues, trends, debates, and legal aspects
in corrections through a wide variety of perspectives.
Offer students the chance to experience corrections issues on a more
Enable students to gain insight into the laws and issues affecting corrections
and society today through the use of current up-to-the-minute cases.
Foster students' research and critical thinking skills.
Offer insight into the many topics affecting corrections today, such as the
death penalty moratorium, the economic impact of prisons, the needs of
elderly inmates, and much more.
Increase student understanding of the human implications of policies and
3. Course Structure:
Online instruction combined with student discussion groups. The text consists
of 23 chapters with one to two chapters assigned per week. All 23 chapters are
not covered for this course. The entire class is conducted on line at
www.waol.org. Students will need to complete weekly reading assignments,
chapter quizzes, and discussion topics. This class is designed to be student
friendly and will provide the flexibility to fit within a busy lifestyle.
Students will be required to participate in class discussions and group work. This
is not an option. The instructor will be checking to make sure that everyone is
fulfilling his/her requirements in this area. I encourage all students to
communicate in a respectful manner. Disagreement is fine, but disrespect has no
place in this course.
5. Textbook reading:
This course will require that students read the required chapters as assigned. The
instructor will identify the chapters that correspond with the lecture material. In
order to be successful on weekly tests, reading all material is essential.
Grading is based on quiz scores and student participation in on line discussions.
There may also be opportunity for students to earn extra credit. This will be
explained when offered. Overall grades are based on a curve.
A 4.0 points per credit
A- 3.7 points per credit
B+ 3.3 points per credit
B 3.0 points per credit
B- 2.7 points per credit
C+ 2.3 points per credit
C 2.0 points per credit
C- 1.7 points per credit
D+ 1.3 points per credit
D 1.0 points per credit
F 0.0 points per credit
Classroom policies are outlined under the Course Information tab. If there are
any questions or concerns, please contact the instructor as soon as possible.
Disability Identification and Accommodations
If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting and accommodation, you
are encouraged to contact both your instructor and Claudia Angus, the Disabilities
Coordinator, in the Student Development Center, 509-527-4258, as early as possible in the
quarter. Note that the special testing arrangements must be scheduled with the Testing
Center in Advance, and must be initiated by you, the student.