Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: CRIJ-2313- Section: 71
Correctional Systems and Practices
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Instructor Information
Instructor Gregory Clark
Phone(409) 984-6364
Location:Educational I - Room: 133
Hours:Anytime On-line
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

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Course Information
Description This course is a survey of institutional and non-institutional corrections. Emphasis will be placed on the organization and operation of correctional systems; treatment and rehabilitation; populations served; Constitutional issues; and current and future issues.
Prerequisites None.
Learning Outcomes 1. Describe the American Judicial Systems (civil, criminal, juvenile), their jurisdiction, development, and structure (PSLO 1, 2, 5, Alpha); measured by embedded test questions, project, pre-test/post-test.

2. Analyze the function and dynamics of the court room working group (PSLO 1, 2, 5, 6, Alpha); measured by embedded test questions, projects, and pre-test/post-test for alpha.

3. Identify the judicial processes from pretrial to appeal (PSLO 1, 2, 5 Alpha); measured by embedded test questions and projects and pre-test/post/test for alpha.

4. Describe the significant Constitutional Amendments, doctrines, and other sources of law in the American Judicial System; (PSLO 2, Alpha); measured by embedded test questions
Core Objectives Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills: Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.

Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.

PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills: Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.

Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.

PSLO 2: Communication Skills: Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.

Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions and sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.

PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills: Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.

Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one's own culture in relation to others.

PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills: Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.

Recognizes ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context; recognizes cross-relationships among the issues; discusses in detail/ analyzes core beliefs; the discussion has greater depth and clarity showing the independent application of ethical perspectives/concepts to an ethical question accurately; and is able to consider full implications of the application.
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Introduction to Corrections, 3rd Edition, Sage Publishing, 2019.
Lecture Topics
I am available by email. If you need to schedule an in person meeting. Please contact me on my cell phone so that we can schedule a meeting.
Major Assignments
Weeks 1 - 4 Complete Pre-Test, Read Chapters 1-5, Complete Quizzes, Discussion Board, Exam #1

Weeks 5 - 7 Read Chapters 6-10, Complete Quizzes, Discussion Board, Exam #2

Weeks 8-10 Read Chapters 11-14, Complete Quizzes, Discussion Board, Course Project, Exam #3

Weeks 11-14 Read Chapters 15-18, Complete Quizzes, Course Project Due (11/29/2020), Exam #4

Week 15 Review for Final

Week 16 Final Exam

Final Exam Date December 3, 2020 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 6, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Exams - 50%
Chapter Quizzes - 20%
Discussion Board - 15%
Course Project - 15%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies I am available by email. If you need to schedule an in person meeting. Please contact me on my cell phone so that we can schedule a meeting.
Attendance Policy Regular prompt attendance is required. Excessive absences will result in reduced grades and/or failure. Since this is an online class, students are required to log in an at least once per week. There may be discussions and/or assignments posted in the class each week, so weekly attendance to the online class is essential.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.