Cwi crij 103 intro to law and justice summer 2012 syllabus

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Cwi crij 103 intro to law and justice summer 2012 syllabus

  1. 1. Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences Criminal Justice Program Introduction to Law and Justice (CRIJ - 103) - Syllabus Summer 2012 (This is an 8 week online class from Jun 4, 2012 thru July 29, 2012)Adjunct: Shane L. Evans, MBAOffice: Bus Office 208-658-2034 Cell 208-571-7385E-Mail Address: shaneevans@cwidaho.cc or sevans.idaho@gmail.comClass Hours: Online- BlackBoardRequired Text: Law, Justice, and Society-A Socialegal Introduction (2nd Edition). Walsh & Hemmens. Oxford University Press The College of Western Idaho StatementThe College of Western Idaho (CWI), a comprehensive community college, provides qualityeducational, social, cultural, economic and workforce development opportunities that meet thediverse needs of the communities it serves. CWI prepares students to lead enriched, productiveand responsible lives in a global society. Criminal Justice Program Mission StatementThe mission of the CWI Criminal Justice Program is primarily to prepare graduates to transfer asjunior-level students to four (4) year college or universities and to prepare two year graduates forentry level positions in the criminal justice field. CRIJ 103– Introduction to Law and Justice (CWI Catalog)Course Description: Study of basic issues of law as a means of social control including broaderissues of social justice such as poverty, racism, sexism, alienation. Provides foundation forexamining relevant critical issues in American society.Criminal Justice Program Objectives: Student will…. 1. Gain understanding and a mastery of a breadth of knowledge of the discipline of criminal justice, criminal procedure and that of criminal evidence pertaining to law. 2. Gain mastery of a depth of knowledge of the discipline of criminal justice, criminal procedure and criminal evidence law.
  2. 2. 3. Be well practiced as a critical consumer of information (critical thought). 4. Be well practiced in professional written communication (professional writing). 5. Be well prepared as a potential contributor to scientific discovery in criminal justice (scientific capability). 6. Be well prepared for upper division coursework in criminal justice (career-focused education plan). 7. Be able to express ethical and social implications in one’s social, professional and scholarly practice. 8. Be well prepared for entry level position in criminal justice (career focused plan). 9. Be able to articulate a critical perspective and strategy to understand and respond to the impact of crime on individuals and society as a whole. 10. To provide an atmosphere of learning that is free of criticism allowing students to articulate their own personal views and be tolerant of other opposing views on criminal justice issues.Course Outcomes: Assessment Students will…. 1. Demonstrate familiarity with the major components of the criminal justices system, theoretical perspectives of crime causation, empirical findings, and historical trends in criminal justice. 2. Understand basic research methods in criminal justice, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation of crime data. 3. Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to criminal behavior and mental processes. 4. Understand and apply psychological and sociological principles to personal, social, and legal issues. 5. Be able to weigh evidence, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of the law and criminal justice as a discipline.REGARDING ONLINE COURSESThis class is conducted entirely online. In order to successfully complete this course you musthave reliable access to a computer and the internet. You should also have a backup option (i.e.CWI computer lab). If you procrastinate your assignment to the last minute and have a computeror internet problem, it is not a valid excuse for submitting your assignment late. No assignmentswill be accepted late. Although this is an online course, it will not teach you how to use yourcomputer. You need to have a good understanding of uploading and downloading documents,searching the internet, watching videos online, etc. You also need to be comfortable working inBlackboard as all of your assignments are there.
  3. 3. Although most of your assignments and interactions in this course will be done via the internet,please remember this is not Face book or Twitter. This is a college course. Please do not use“texting talk” in your communications. Please refrain from using any profane or offenselanguage. I expect proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Please proofread all assignmentsfor grammar, content, and tone. Some students mistakenly believe that an online course is easierthan a traditional course. Please be aware that this is not the case. Online courses take selfdiscipline and organization. It is your responsibility to read and study the chapter and to stay ontop of all assignments. If you procrastinate in an online class, you will not be successful. It isalso important that you check Blackboard and your CWI email account often.Any announcements I have will be posted on Blackboard and or sent to your CWI email.OUTCOME ASSESSMENTSAssessment performs a number of functions within the teaching and learning process: It givesfeedback to the student on their learning experience; it measures the performance of the student;contributes to the evaluation of effectiveness of the subject content and delivery. Assessment ofstudent learning can be conducted using a variety of available instruments and methods. Acombination of assessment approaches can be the most effective way to measure studentlearning.Assessment practices embedded in course will generate information about what and howstudents are learning. A wide range of formal and informal interaction and performanceassessment methods will be used in this course to determine whether students attained prescribededucational goals and objectives. Steps to ensure performance and understanding will beconducted by: Multiple choice examinations (Chapters) Discussion Question Responses Individual Posts Article/Film Responses.STUDENT EXPECTATIONSThe student can expect about for each credit hour about 3-4 hours of preparation andassignments completion. As this is an online class and not traditional hours, please plan onapplying approximately 12-16 hours per week to be successful.ASSIGNMENTSEach week we will cover select chapters. You will find the folders for each chapter under the“Course Documents” tab in Blackboard. The folder for the week will be available on Monday at9 am and close on Sunday at midnight. Although this is a lecture course, there will be onlineaspects and all course materials will be found in the blackboard environment.EXAMSThe class includes four module exams. The exams will open on Monday at 9 am and must betaken no later than (NLT) Sunday at Midnight during designated week. These exams are openbook and open note; however, they will be timed. I would suggest that you outline the chapter or
  4. 4. take notes on the chapter. Each exam will have 25 questions and you will have 30 minutes tocomplete. Each exam is worth 50 points for a total of 200 points.WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTSEach week you will have a weekly assignment. The primary assessment for the discussion boardweeks will be discussion question responses, individual posts and article/film responses. Eachweekly assignment is worth 25 points per week for a total of 200 points. Weekly assignmentswill not be accepted late. I expect correct spelling and grammar on all assignments as well aseffective class participation.DISCUSSION BOARDSYour weekly assignment will be a discussion board. The weekly folder will contain lecturematerials. Each week there will be two (2) discussion questions posted in the Discussion Boardeach week.Discussion Question Responses (Two (2) per Week of Posting)Each designated online week, students will answer two (2) discussion questions worth 5.0 pointseach that will be posted in discussion board each designated week. All DQ posts will be a 200or more word response to each question. All responses are due by Sunday midnight of eachweek.Rubric for DQ’sTo receive: Your post must5.0 points Thoroughly and thoughtfully answer the question presented. Your post will refer to information from the text or other sources. Spelling and grammar will be correct.4.0 points Thoroughly and thoughtfully answer the question presented. Your post will refer to information from the text or other sources. Spelling and grammatical errors.3.0 points Answers the question presented. Minimal references to text or sources.2.0 point Minimally answers the question presented. No references to text or sources.1.0 point Minimally answers the question presented with spelling and grammar errors. No references to text or sources.0 points Did not complete the assignment or submitted late. Late assignments will receive 0 points.Individual Posts (Five (5) per week of Required Week of Posting)Each online week, students will post five (5) responses worth 1 point each to other student’sresponses to DQ’s or individual posts. All posts will be a 100 or more word response. Allstudents are required to post 2 of the 7 days of the week.
  5. 5. Rubric for Individual ResponsesTo receive: Your post must:1 point Thoroughly and thoughtfully answer the question posed by your classmate. Spelling and grammar will be correct..5 point Brief or incomplete answer. Spelling and grammatical errors present.0 points Did not complete the assignment or submitted late. Late assignments will receive 0 points.Article/Film Responses (One (1) per Week of Posting)Each designated online week, students will provide one (1) response worth 10.0 points each thatwill be posted in discussion board each designated week. All responses will be a 200 or moreword response to each question. All responses are due by Sunday midnight of each week.The response will answer the following three questions: 1. The main idea of the article or film 2. How does the information impact the criminal justice system 3. What recommendations would you make using the information providedRubric for Article/Film ResponseTo receive: Your post must9.0-10 points Thoroughly and thoughtfully answer the question presented. Your post will refer to information from the text or other sources. Spelling and grammar will be correct.7.0-8.0 points Thoroughly and thoughtfully answer the question presented. Your post will refer to information from the text or other sources. Spelling and grammatical errors.5.0-6.0 points Answers the question presented. Minimal references to text or sources.3.0-4.0 point Minimally answers the question presented. No references to text or sources.1.0-2.0 point Minimally answers the question presented with spelling and grammar errors. No references to text or sources.0 points Did not complete the assignment or submitted late. Late assignments will receive 0 points. Policies and ProceduresAttendance Policy: Attendance policy: Although I do not take attendance, per se, if I need toreport attendance (i.e. financial aid), I will do it based off of your attendance and submittedassignments.
  6. 6. Honesty Policy: If a student cheats on an exam or plagiarizes on a writing assignment, thestudent will be given a zero for that assignment. If this occurs more than once, that students maybe removed from the course and given a failing grade.Late Policy: It is expected that student take exams and participate in discussion boards asscheduled. In case of a personal emergency (determined by the instructor), the instructor has theoption to reissue the exam or determine another course of action (giving the test or exam on analternate date). Make up exams will be a “case by case” scenario, determined by the instructor.Make up exams will not be allowed for UNEXCUSED absences. Writing assignments aredue on the dates scheduled.Drop Policy: It is the student’s responsibility to drop the course. Students are responsible foradding and dropping courses. At the end of the first week of class, faculty may perform facultyinitiated drop for non-attendance. Beyond the first week, it is the student’s responsibility todrop any course he/she does not intend to finish. Students who stop attending a course withoutfiling a drop request will receive a grade of F.Instructor Questions and Support: For all email inquires and questions, I will respond within24-48 hours. If it is an emergency, please text my phone and I will respond as rapidly as possibleto assist.End of Course Electronic Evaluation: To help instructors continually improve courses,students are required to complete anonymous online evaluations for each course. The evaluationprocess opens two weeks before the end of the course and close the last day of class. I willprovide extra credit for all course evaluations.CWI E-Mail: Since email is the primary source of written communication with students, allregistered CWI students get a college email account. Student email addresses have the followingformat: username@students.cwi.cc. Students can check their CWI email online athttp://students.cwi.cc. Instructors can send messages to these accounts. Students should checktheir email accounts on a regular basis.Disabilities: Any student with a documented disability may be eligible for relatedaccommodations. To determine eligibility and secure services, students should contact thecoordinator of One Stop Student Services Center at their first opportunity after registration for aclass. Students One Stop Student Services Center can be contacted at (208) 562-3000 or Room107, within the CWI Main Campus. Grading PracticesThere will four module (4) examinations (end of each module) each worth 50 points during thesemester. Each exam will have 25 multiple-choice questions worth two points each. The examswill be designed to assess the course outcomes.
  7. 7. There will also be eight (8) weeks of Discussion Boards, (5 points each) during the semester. Theboards are made up of two discussion questions (2) worth 5 pts each for 10pts). A grading rubricis provided.There will be eight (8) Article/Film Responses. Each response will be worth 10 points forresponse board for a total of 80 pts. Module Examinations 200 Weekly DQ’s 80 Article/Film Review 80 Individual Posts (IP’s) 40 TOTAL 400 Grading Scale: A= 360 to 400 Points (90-100 %) B= 320 to 359 (80 to 89%) C= 280 to 319 (70 to 79%) D= 240 to 279 (60 to 69%) F= less than 239 points (59 to 0 %)All grading feedback will occur within 7 days of the completed week unless I have providedadditional information for any delays to this timeline. I will use the gradebook comments sectionfor all assignments Note: I may allow extra credit to augment a student’s overall grade and achievement. However, this extra credit must be PRE-APPROVED and pertain to the subject matter at hand. IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, a student may request extra credit to supplement a class or quiz that is missed. Again, this must be approved by the instructor prior to the acceptance of the material. Excluding a “personal emergency” each student is required to attend and complete the requirements for each class.SHANE L EVANS, ADJUNCTCRIMINAL JUSTICECOLLEGE OF WESTERN IDAHO

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