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The Criminal Justice Profession
Syllabus for CRMJ 391. Spring 2011

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Susan Takata
Office: 370 MOLN
Office Hours: MWF 8:45-9:45 a.m. & by appointment
Phone: (262) 595-2116
E-mail: takata@uwp.edu
FAX: (262) 595-2471
Class meets MWF 11-11:50 a.m.

Brief Description:

CRMJ 391 explores the evolution and development of the criminal justice profession -- historical changes, present-day issues, and future directions. In addition, this course focuses on various topics ranging from the macro-level occupational structures and the interdependent relationships within the profession to the micro-level social processes of professional socialization. Throughout the semester, you will critically examine the criminal justice profession in theory as well as its policies and practices .

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Grades and Grading

Grades can be important feedback when they are collaborative and used as feedback to guide further learning. They are harmful when they become a reified end in their own right. Because we are required by the institution to give grades, there must be a means of your letting us know what you hae learned. We expect each of you to communicate with us, so that we come to know you and your learning. Meaningful learning comes when we stretch the corners of each other's mind by looking at these concepts from multiple perspectives that come from our myriad unique experiences. You are invited to choose the measures of learning that best fits your learning style best. More details will be provided in class.

The 6Cs - communication, courtesy, consistency, competency, creativity, and cooperation continue to represent our standards for evaluation. Refer to Grades on the Dear Habermas web site. Your coursework must show scholarly discipline in conceptually linking your learning to theory, policy, practice, and to course readings, class discussions, and other materials.

Ideally, four progress checks (meeting with the professor every four weeks) throughout the semester is recommended. A minimum of two progress checks with the professor is required (at midterm and at the end of the semester).

The minimum requirements for a course grade of "C" are: 1) the completion of all the weekly discussion questions, 2) participatory class attendance (not only attending but participating in class discussions), and 3) at least a "C average" on pop quizzes (to note "do not count" on the majority of pop quizzes is "below average"). Measures of Learning

  • First Half of the Semester (20%)
  • Midterm Career Portfolio (20%)
  • Second Half of the Semester (20%)
  • Final Career Portfolio (40%)

    Grade Scale

    95-100 = A
    90-94 = A-
    88-89 = B+
    85-87 = B
    80-84 = B-
    78-79 = C+
    75-77 = C
    70-74 = C-
    68-69 = D+
    65-67 = D
    60-64 = D-
    59 and below = F

  • Statement on Plagiarism - DON'T DO IT!! Give credit to those whose ideas and words you use. Cooperation and sharing in this class will earn you a better grade. Adversarialism is not a part of our teaching. We believe that learning flowers in an environment that permits mutuality to flourish.

    Communication - It is your responsibility to communicate an emergency and other situations in a timely manner to the professor. Communicating your whereabouts is important. Don't be a field mouse.

    Students with Disabilities - Students with disabilities are encouraged to meet with me as soon as possible to discuss accommodations. Accommodations should be authorized through the Disability Services Office, WYLL D175. Dr. Renee' Sartin-Kirby - Coordinator can be reached at (262) 595-2610.

    Deadlines/Due Dates/Meeting Times - All due dates, meeting times, and deadlines are firm. Late assignments will not be accepted. A "no show" will result in an "F" for that particular task.


    Groupwork: You may work in groups on any or all exercises or assignments. Cooperative learning groups are strongly encouraged. You can work with more than one group, and with different groups. All names of active group members should be recorded as indicated on the exercise material. (Refer to Cooperative Learning on the Dear Habermas site ).


    !!WARNING: THIS IS NOT YOUR TRADITIONAL COURSE WHERE THE PROFESSOR LECTURES WHILE STUDENTS QUIETLY TAKE NOTES. THERE ARE NO EXAMS. THERE ARE NO TERM PAPERS. SEVERAL EXPERIMENTAL AND INNOVATIVE TEACHING/LEARNING TECHNIQUES ARE USED. THIS IS A COOPERATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. GROUPWORK IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT IN THIS COURSE!

    READING ASSIGNMENTS

    WeekTopic and Class PreparationTextual Readings
    Week 1
    Introduction to Careers in CRMJ T&C, preface & ch. 1
    Johnson, entire book
    Week 2
    The Teaching/Learning Model
    An Overview of the Criminal Justice Profession

    Johnson, entire book
    Week 3
    Evolution & Historical Development of the Profession Jones, part 1 & 2
    T&C, ch. 2 & 3
    Week 4
    The Modern-Day Professionalization of Criminal Justice
    The Formal CRMJ Organization & Institution
    Jones, part 3, 4, 5
    T&C, ch. 4 & 5
    Week 5
    The Economy, Outlooks & Prospects
    Anomie and Alienation
    H&H, section 1
    Week 6
    The CRMJ Hierarchy, Bureaucracy & Division of Labor
    T&C, ch. 6 & 7
    Week 7
    Gatekeeping Isms
    Stress, Burnout, Juggling

    **Friday, 3/4 Midterm Portfolios due
    H&H, section 2
    Week 8
    The Criminal Justice Profession @ Midterm
    **Friday, 3/11 Last Day to Drop Course
    "everything" assigned to date
    Week 9
    Spring Break
    **M, 3/14, W, 3/156 & F 3/18 - No Class
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    Week 10
    The Informal CRMJ Organization & Structure
    Blumer's Symbolic Interactionism
    T & C, ch. 8
    H & H, section 3
    Week 11
    Micro-Social Processes in the CRMJ Profession
    Goffman's Presentation of Self
    T & C, ch. 9-10
    Week 12
    Professional Socialization T & C, ch. 11
    Week 13
    The Future: Career Changes, Promotions & Advancement H & H, section 4
    Pausch, first half
    Week 14
    Ethics and the Criminal Justice Profession
    T&C, ch. 12 & Now what?
    Pausch, entire book
    Week 15
    The CRMJ Profession in "Theory, Policy, Practice" all texts
    Week 16
    Summary and Conclusion
    ** Friday, May 6th - Last Day of Class
    all texts

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