Introduction to Corrections Washington On-line CJ 105 Instructor: Dominic Cortinas 509-301-1329 e-mail: email@example.com 1. Text: American Corrections, 8th ed. George F. Cole, ISBN: 978-0-495-55323-6 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 offender. 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 humanistic level. 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 procedures. 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. 4. Participation: 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. 6. Grading 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 I Incomplete 7. Policies 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.
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