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The Criminal Justice Profession
Syllabus for CRMJ 391. Spring 2015

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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 11-11:53 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-occupational structures and the interdependent relationships within the profession to the micro-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. 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).

Measures of Learning

  • First Meeting (10%)
  • Career Portfolio @ Midterm (20%)
  • Second Meeting (20%)
  • Final Career Portfolio (45%)
  • Class Participation (since 2nd meetings) (5%)

    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.

    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.


    Concealed Carry Law -- As provided in the 2011 Wisconsin Act 35 - Concealed Carry Law, you are notified that firearms are not permitted in the classroom or during class activities. Anyone found in violation will be subject to immediate removal in addition to academic and/or legal sanctions.


    Group Work: 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. GROUP WORK IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT IN THIS COURSE!

    COURSE OUTLINE

    WeekTopicTextual Readings
    Week 1
    IntroductionT&C, preface & ch. 1
    Johnson, entire book
    Week 2
    The Criminal Justice Profession: An Overview
    Johnson, entire book; H&H ch. 10 on resumes
    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 Structure of Criminal Justice
    First Meetings begin
    Jones, part 3, 4, 5
    T&C, ch. 4 & 5
    Week 5
    The Economy: Outlooks & Prospects
    Anomie and Alienation
    First Meetings continue
    H&H, section 1
    T&C, ch. 1-5
    Week 6
    Hierarchy, Bureaucracy & Division of Labor
    **due W, 3/11 Career Portfolio @ Midterm

    T&C, ch. 6 & 7
    Week 7
    The Criminal Justice Profession @ Midterm
    *Friday, 3/20 Last Day to Drop Course
    T&C, ch. 7
    Week 8
    Stress, Burnout, Juggling H&H, section 2
    Week 9
    Spring Break
    **M, 3/30, W, 4/1 & F 4/3 - No Class
    (enjoy!)
    Week 10
    The Informal CRMJ 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
    Second Meetings begin
    T & C, ch. 9-10
    Week 12
    Professional Socialization
    Second Meetings continue
    T & C, ch. 11
    Week 13
    The Future: Career Changes, Promotions & Advancement H & H, section 4
    Pausch, first half
    Week 14
    The Criminal Justice Profession in "Theory, Policy, Practice"
    ** Fri, 5/8 - Final Career Portfolio due

    T&C, ch. 12 & Now what?
    Pausch, entire book
    Week 15
    Summary and Conclusion
    ** Monday, May 11th - Last Day of Class
    all texts

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