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Curriculum Action Notice

From:

Academic Affairs Committee

Date:

Nov. 19th, 2009

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Jeffrey Bossworth , 206 Pinecrest Manor, ext. 4762.

 

1. COURSE CHANGE: CJA 3395: Delinquency and the Juvenile Justice System
 
Purpose and nature of change: Name change only; from “Criminal” to “Juvenile” Justice System.

Old Course Title:  Delinquency and the Criminal Justice System

New Course Title: Delinquency and the Juvenile Justice System

Abbreviated Title (for Master Schedule):  DEL & JJ SYS

Course Description for Catalog (limit to four sentences):

An examination of the delinquency problem and its causes, potential prevention strategies, and rehabilitation programs.  The course will also examine the legal rights of the juvenile offender and the evolution of those rights from a constitutional perspective.

Prerequisites: (Courses which MUST be completed prior to taking this course) CJA 1100, 2200, 2201.

 

2. COURSE CHANGE: CJA 3276: Criminology

Purpose and nature of change:         Name change and new course description only.

Old Course Title:   Criminology: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach

New Course Title: Criminology

Abbreviated Title (for Master Schedule):       CRIM

Course Description for Catalog (limit to four sentences):

Examines the theories of crime causation, including the early schools of criminology, social structure theories, critical theories, psychosocial theories, and biosocial theories.

Prerequisites: (Courses which MUST be completed prior to taking this course) CJA 100, 2200, 2201

 

3. COURSE CHANGE: CJA 4450: Internship

Purpose and nature of change:         Title change and new course description only.

Old Course Title:   Internship in Criminal Justice Administration

New Course Title: Internship

Abbreviated Title (for Master Schedule): INTERNSHIP

Credits (Place number of credits beside appropriate types)

For variable credits, list Minimum Credit _6____  Maximum Credits _12____          

To repeat for additional credit (not repeat of previously earned grade), list maximum

hours of credit that may be earned over multiple semesters: 12 semester hours.

Course Description for Catalog (limit to four sentences):

An opportunity for upper division students to synthesize academic coursework within a professional criminal justice environment in their chosen area of concentration.  The goal of the internship is to offer the student an opportunity to explore a particular field of interest and determine if there is enough interest to pursue it after graduation.

Prerequisites: (Courses which MUST be completed prior to taking this course) CJA 1100, 2200, 2201; at least 15 total credits in CJ; at least junior standing or 90 credits and approval of department faculty.

 

4. COURSE CHANGE: CJA 4496: Selected Topics in Criminal Justice

Purpose and nature of change:         Course description change only for catalog.

Course Description for Catalog (limit to four sentences):

A thorough investigation of a selected topic, particular problem or case study in criminal justice. 

 

5. COURSE DELETION: CJA 3261: Community Policing

Rationale for deletion: This course should be consolidated with the CJA course entitled “CJA 4453: Police Administration.”  Currently the topic of community policing is now incorporated into textbooks addressing police administration, as many publishers are of the opinion it no longer warrants a “stand alone” course.” Community policing was a popular course topic decades ago, but now can easily be incorporated into other courses. I have spoken to the instructor who offered this course, as well as a former police officer and chief of police, and now a tenured full professor of law enforcement and they both agree with this recommendation.  This course deletion request is in no way related to the possibility that adjuncts will be removed starting with the 2010-2011 academic year; rather, it is an effort to offer our majors more criminal justice courses.  Even if this request is not approved, this class will not be offered in the foreseeable future.

6. COURSE DELETION: CJA 3267: Community & Institutional Corrections

Rationale for deletion: (1) It has not been offered for years, (2) it is anticipated it will not be offered for years in the future, (3) the Department has just started offering a “Probation & Parole” special topics class.  When this course is offered in the future, the Department will request that the phrase “community corrections” also be included in the course title since probation and parole is part of “community corrections” and (4) the course CJA 3357: “Correctional Strategies” should already provide an examination of institutional corrections.  This course deletion request is in no way related to the possibility that adjuncts will be removed starting with the 2010-2011 academic year; rather, it is an effort to offer our majors more criminal justice courses.

 

7. COURSE DELETION: CJA 3336: Criminalistics

Rationale for deletion:  First, this course can no longer be offered given the limited faculty size of the Department of Criminal Justice.  Second, this course is more suitable to be offered in a Forensic Science program, given that its emphasis is that of the “recognition, collection and preservation of various categories of physical evidence and the process through which it is transmitted to the crime laboratory.”  Third, the Chemistry/Forensic Science Concentration appears to offer a very similar course entitled “SCI 1104: Forensic Science.”  Finally, according to the catalog description of this class, it is more of a technical/ “how to” class, rather than that of a class in a general criminal justice program, which this program has become over the years.       This course deletion request is in no way related to the possibility that adjuncts will be removed starting with the 2010-2011 academic year; rather, it is an effort to offer our majors more criminal justice courses.      

8. COURSE DELETION: CJA 3359: Juvenile Justice

Rationale for deletion: This course content will be consolidated into the course CJA 3395: Delinquency & the Criminal Justice System and renamed CJA 3395: Delinquency & the Juvenile Justice System.  There is currently too much overlap with these two existing courses.

9. COURSE DELETION: CJA 4405: Research Methods in Criminal Justice

Rationale for deletion: There is no reason why a faculty member of the Department of Criminal Justice Administration should teach a research methods course when the Psychology Department and Sociology program also teach comparable research methods courses (PSY 3292 and PSY 3306 and SOC 3307 and SOC 3308), respectively.  [Note: Likewise, I wonder why courses in research methods are duplicated for both of the previously mentioned programs.]  For criminal justice majors interested in pursuing a graduate degree, I will strongly recommend that they take a research methods course under either the Psychology or Sociology offerings. This is a perfect example of the Department of Criminal Justice Department “…building partnerships across the campus.”  (Dr. Peter Keller, July 15, 2009).

This course deletion request is in no way related to the possibility that adjuncts will be removed starting with the 2010-2011 academic year; rather, it is an effort to offer our majors more    criminal justice courses.

 

 

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