Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: CRIJ-1301- Section: 50
Introduction to Criminal Justice
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Instructor Information
Instructor Gregory Clark
Phone(409) 984-6364
Location:Education Annex - Room: 133
Hours:Thursdays 5:45 pm - 6:00 pm, 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
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.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes 1. Describe the History and Philosophy of the American Criminal Justice System.(PSLO 1, 2, 5 Alpha) measured by embedded test questions, project, pre-test/post-test.

2. Explain the nature and extent of Crime in America. (PSLO 1, 2, 5) Alpha measured by embedded test questions and project and pre-test/post/test for alpha.

3. Analyze the impact and consequences of crime. (PSLO 3, 2) Measured by embedded test questions.

4. Evaluate the development, concepts, and functions of law in the criminal justice system. (PSLO 1, 2, 5) Alpha measured by embedded test questions and project and pre-test/post/test for alpha.

5. Describe the structure of contemporary federal, state, and local justice agencies and processes. (PSLO 3, 2) Measured by embedded test questions.
Core Objectives 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.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

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

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Lecture Textbook: Introduction to Criminal Justice: A Brief Edition
by John Randolph Fuller. Publisher is Oxford University Press.
ISBN 9780190298173
Lecture Topics
Week 1 - Course Introduction/Crime & Criminal Justice
Week 2 - How Crime Is Measured and Who It affects
Week 3 - Criminal Law
Week 4 - Exam #1/Lecture: History and Organization of Law Enforcement
Week 5 - Police Organization, Operation, and the Law
Week 6 - Policing: Innovations and Controversies
Week 7 - Exam #2/Lecture: The Courts
Week 8 - Spring Break
Week 9 - The Courtroom Work Group/ Assign Course Project
Week 10 - The Disposition: Plea Bargaining, Trial, and Sentencing
Week 11 - Exam #3/Lecture: The History of Control and Punishment
Week 12 - Prisons and Jails
Week 13 - Community Corrections
Week 14 - Exam #4/ Course Project Presentation/Submission
Week 15 - Contemporary Issues: Juvenile Justice & Criminal Justice in the Future
Week 16 - Final Exam
Major Assignments

Week 1: Course Introduction; syllabus review, Chapter 1 Lecture
Week 2: Chapter 2 Lecture, Quiz #1 (Ch. 1)
Week 3: Chapter 3 Lecture, Quiz #2 (Ch. 2-3)
Week 4: Exam #1 (Ch. 1-3), Chapter 4 Lecture
Week 5: Chapter 5 Lecture, Quiz #3 (Ch. 4)
Week 6: Chapter 6 Lecture, Quiz #4 (Ch. 5-6)
Week 7: Exam #2 (Ch. 4-6), Chapter 7 Lecture
Week 8: Spring Break
Week 9: Chapter 8 Lecture, Quiz #5 (Ch. 7)
Week 10: Chapter 9 Lecture, Quiz #6 (Ch. 8-9)
Week 11: Exam #3 (Ch. 7-9), Chapter 10 Lecture
Week 12: Chapter 11 Lecture, Quiz #7 (Ch. 10)
Week 13: Chapter 12 Lecture, Quiz #8 (Ch. 11-12)
Week 14: Exam #4 (Ch. 10-12), Course Project Presentation/Submission
Week 15: Chapter 13 & 14 Lecture/Final Exam Review
Week 16: Final Exam
Final Exam Date May 9, 2019 - 6:00 PM   Through  May 9, 2019 - 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 - 60%

Quizzes - 20%

Course Project - 20%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Please read and review the Lecture Chapters before coming to class, so that you are prepared for the course discussion.
Attendance Policy Regular prompt attendance is required. No one will be allowed in to the class 15 minutes after the class starts. Coming in late to class is disruptive, in addition to reducing your grade, you will also be required to take the 1st available seat in the classroom. A student with 3 or more absences may be dropped from the class. Excessive absences will result in reduced grades and/or failure.
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.