Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: CRIJ-1301- Section: 72E
Introduction to Criminal Justice
|COVID 19 Information||The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.|
|Description||This course provides a historical and philosophical overview of the American criminal justice system, including the nature, extent, and impact of crime; criminal law; and justice agencies and processes.|
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 ALPHA is measured by pretest/posttest.
All CSLOs are measured by class discussions, research project and embedded test questions.
1. Describe the history and philosophy of the American criminal justice system. (CSLO 1, 2, 6 Alpha)
2. Explain the nature and extent of crime in America.(CSLO 1, 2, 6)
3. Analyze the impact and consequences of crime. (CSLO 1, 2)
4. Evaluate the development, concepts, and functions of law in the criminal justice system. (CSLO 1,2,4,6)
5. Describe the structure of contemporary federal, state and local justice agencies. (CSLO 1,2,4,6)
* Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* 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.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* 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||
*Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
*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.
* Team work: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision making.
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.
Criminal Justice in Action, 9th Edition
Gaines and Miller
Note: Wilson ECHS should have these books for you. You are allowed to use an electronic version at your own expense.
Part 1: Chapters 1-4: The Criminal Justice System
Part 2: Chapters 5-7: The Police & Law Enforcement
Part 3: Chapters 8-11: Criminal Courts
Part 4: Chapters 12-14: Corrections
This class is comprised of 4 sections which are listed below. In each section, you will have required readings, videos, discussion posts, writing assignments, etc. Details on how much each assignment is worth will be explained in detail in the Determination of Final Grade Section.
Part 1: The Criminal Justice System-
Week 1 (Aug. 24th- 28th): Welcome video, Syllabus Review, Introduction Post and PRE-TEST
Week 2 (Aug. 31st- 4th): **Hurricane Evacuation**
Week 3(Sept. 7th- 11th): Read Chapter 1, Discussion Post
Week 4 (Sept. 14th- 18th): Reach Chapter 2, Discussion Post
Week 5(Sept 21st- 25th): Read Chapter 3, Discussion Post
Week 6 (Sept 28th- 2nd): Read Chapter 4, Discussion Post
Part 2:The Police & Law Enforcement
Week 7 (Oct. 5th-9th): Read Chapter 5, Watch Video, & In Your Own Words Assignment
Week 8 (Oct. 12th- 16th):Read Chapter 6, Discussion Post & You will be assigned your Career In CJ for your final writing assignment
Week 9 (Oct. 19th-23rd): Read Chapter 7, Discussion Post
Part 3: Criminal Courts-
Week 10 (Oct. 26th-30th): Read Chapter 8 & Chapter 9, Discussion Post
Week 11(Nov. 2nd-6th): Read Chapter 10 & Chapter 11, Discussion Post
Week 12 (Nov. 9-13th):Read Chapter 12,Watch Video, & In Your Own Words Assignment
Week 13 (Nov.16th-20th) : Read Chapter 13 & Read Chapter 14 Discussion Post
Week 14 (Nov. 23rd- 27th): Holiday Week/No Class/No Assignments
Week 15 (Nov.30- 4th): Post- Test & FINAL WRITING ASSIGNMENTS DUE BY THUR., DEC.3RD @5:00 PM
Week 16 (Dec.7th-11th): GRADES POSTED
|Final Exam Date||December 3, 2020 - 8:00 AM Through December 3, 2020 - 5:00 PM|
|Grading Scale||540-600=A 480-539=B 420-479=C 360-419= D Below 360= F|
The Final Course Grade will e based on total points accumulated not percentages.
14 discussion post: 25 pts each= 350 points
2 In your own writing assignments: 50 pts each = 100 points
Introduction Post:= 50 points
Final Criminal Justice Career Writing Assignment = 100 points
Total Points Possible = 600
"Never let yesterday use up today." - Richard H. Nelson
I do not accept late work. All assignments are due as scheduled. There are a few exceptions but those will only be discussed on a case by case basis. (ex. Medical situations such as COVID -19 hospitalization)
Plagiarism is NOT tolerated at Lamar State College Port Arthur. Therefore, plagiarism is NOT tolerated in this class.
The best way to reach me is by email. Due to COVID -19 and safety concerns, If you would like to schedule a face to face meeting with me it would take place via zoom. Please review my office hours and email me at any time to set up a zoom appointment. I will respond to emails within 24 hours or sooner. You must email from your LSCPA email account. I will not respond to personal email accounts. If you would like to discuss your grades a zoom appointment is necessary. I will not discuss grades over email or telephone.
|Attendance Policy||Active participation in this online class is important to your success in this class. You are expected to show that you are engaged and participating by completing your weekly discussion post and responding to at least two of your classmates' post. It is important to respond to your fellow classmates who respond to your entry. This is called engaging. You must be active to make this process successful.|
|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.|
|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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"Preparation is the key to success." - Alexander Graham Bell
"Success is the sum of small efforts being repeated day in and day out." -Robert Collier
"You get in life what you have the courage to ask for." - Oprah Winfrey
"Success looks different for everyone but it feels good to all us." - Trazarra Stelly
If you want to be successful in this class you must: read your book, take notes, watch the videos, complete your assignments on time and ask for help if you need it! NO QUESTION is a dumb question. If I canít answer it when you askÖ Iíll get back with you in a timely manner.
Hereís to an awesome and successful semester in CRIJ-1301!!
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|