California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Latest update: July 29, 1999
Faculty on the Site.
Time: T-Th !:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Room: SBS G 122
Jeanne Curran, Ph.D., Esq.
Course requires computer literacy.
Because many of you are interested in the "helping" aspects of jobs that agencies afford, I have altered somewhat the composition of the course since last I taught it. The approach through administrative law is good, for it helps you to see the position and the power of administrative agencies throughout the infrastructure. But there will be an additional emphasis on "capture" of the agency for the private agenda of a special interest group or professional bureaucracy. And, finally, we will add a field component of what practice with an agency is "really" like.
- Dowdall, Babbie and Halley, Adventures in Criminal Justice Research. Pine Forge Press, 1997. Latest edition.
This is a practical guide to the use of SPSS, which I strongly recommend for those of you who want the security for yourselves of being able to understand research jargon and simple statistical analysis.
You must exhibit computer literacy to the extent that you can
You may always work in cooperative groups. That means that, if you do the substantive work, but choose not to actively use the computer, that is acceptable. However, in order to receive better than a C grade you must be able to substantiate that you can minimally navigate the site and send and pick up e-mail.You may use any computer for that, Mac or PC, at home, at work, at school. Such minimal literacy is today essential for a university degree.
There are lecture notes and a set of questions for each reading in the course. You must submit fifteen (15) sets, your choice, distributed evenly over the entire set of lecture notes.. Your answers should be short. Try for 25 words or less. Since these questions are answered from at least one perspective in the lecture notes, you will be expected to check your answer for accuracy against those notes. These are required exercises. I will record that you have submitted them. But I will not grade them. Completion of the required set of fifteen exercises will earn a grade of C in the course.
About quoting from the lecture notes.
It would be better to put the answers in your own words. This is easiest to do if you read the lecture notes first, then discuss the questions in class and with your collaborative group, then answer on your own. Trust me, you will not recall my exact words if you do that.
If you have had bad experiences with testing, you may feel uncomfortable trying to describe the concept in your own words. If that is so. Say so. Then quote what you need to. BUT use quotation marks. Don't forget that the lecture notes are in my words, and you must not use them without acknowledging that.
Use the collaborative group to help you get away from quoting. Make it a learning goal to cut down your dependence on quoting. Make it a learning goal to help someone else practice putting explanations in their own words.
This must include some way to substantiate that you have attained the computer literacy required. This could be a detailed statement that lets me recognize that you have in fact mastered the techniques involved. Or it could be a demonstration. Or some other measure you discover.
Have too tight a schedule for a group? Communicate by e-mail.
Since the completion of the basic concepts requirement will give you a C, this component goes toward raising that grade to a B or an A. How much do you have to do? Well, how good would a term paper have to be? That's where creativity and genuine effort come into play. And this component gives you a chance to tell me what you've learned, what you've accomplished, so you're that authenticating your learning becomes interactive. You have something to say about it.
For those of you who would like to take a practical approach to the opportunities that agencies offer, this last component will allow you to define a field work experience that will let you develop some familiarity with an agency or agencies of your choice. This component is not intended to replace the other components. But it can suffice to raise your grade to a B or an A.
Another option is the process text, the kind of publication we do on Dear Habermas. If there is a sub-topic you would like to pursue, you could locate sources on the Web and in the library, and annotate those sources with brief descriptions, so that others might benefit from your in-depth study. This also could suffice to raise your grade to a B or an A.
Office Hours: I teach from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. each M-Th. And I start at 11:30 a.m. We'll set office hours somewhere in there that works for all of us.