A Justice Site
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Latest update: January 10, 2002
Office: 370 MOLN
Office Hours: MWF 8:45-9:45am & by appointment
Phone: (262) 595-2116
FAX: (262) 595-2471
Class meets MWF 11-11:50 a.m.
CRMJ/SOCA 363 will examine correctional contexts, practices, and trends. This course will take an issues approach rather than an overview of corrections. From the early history of punishment to future visions in correctional practices, we will take a sociological look at American corrections. In addition, we will examine corrections and the interrelationship between theory, policy, practice.
- Haas & Alpert.(1999) The Dilemmas of Corrections: Contemporary Readings.
- Hassine.(1999) Life Without Parole: Living in Prison Today.
- Sachar. (1998). Holes.
- College pocket dictionary
- Dear Habermas Website [refer to handout]
Materials/Resources:You must have:
- A bound notebook/journal
- An e-mail address (available through school)
- Internet access (access PCs in microcomputing labs on campus)
Learning Objectives for the Course
The student will learn:
A. to know the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Measured by requirement to choose from both and explain choice on grade percentage form.
B. to work cooperatively with others, by juxtaposing strengths. Measured by self report and written and oral contributions to discourse.
C. to recognize differences between theory, factual knowledge, and the application and synthesis of that knowledge in praxis. Become familiar with the interrelationship between theory, policy, and practice relating to corrections. Measured by the student's ability to choose between the types of knowledge and to balance them, as evidenced by grade percentage form.
D. to use a vocabulary which permit discussion of theory: difference, the Other, structural violence, privileging subjectivity, unstated assumptions, transformative discourse, relativism, tolerance of ambiguity, and so forth. Measured by self-tests and incusion of references in written and oral contributions to discourse.
E. to recognize the principle contributions to social theory of Habermas, Minow, Freire, bell hooks, and others. Measured by self-tests and inclusion of references in written and oral contributions to discourse.
F. to categorize theoretical approaches by reference: a) to where the problem and the solution are assumed to be, and b) to the balance between adversarialism and mutuality. Measured by exam questions and inclusion in written and oral contributions to discourse.
G. to evaluate materials on corrections. Measured by self-tests and inclusion of citations in written and oral contributions to discourse.
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, when they become commodified.
The overall grading criteria is based on the 5Cs - communication, consistency, competency, creativity, and cooperation, (refer to Dear Habermas site, Evidence of Learning . Your coursework must show scholarly discipline in conceptually linking your learning to theory, policy, practice, and to course readings and discussions.
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.
Measures of Learning
We insist that you write, because writing is still important to communication, and affords a richness of experience we think higher education should afford you. I insist that you e-mail your contributions, and keep them relatively short (25 words or less) so that I can give them the attention that matters. Refer to grade form for more details.
- Self-Report Measures (up to 20% may be selected)
- Pass/Prepareds or Self-Tests (up to 10%)
- Journal (up to 20%)
- Dictionary Records (up to 10%)
- Creative Measures (up to 80% may be selected)
- Latent Learning (up to 10%)
- Recognition and Recall (up to 20%)
- Application (up to 40%)
- Analysis and Evaluation (up to 80%)
- Synthesis (up to 80%)
- Traditional Measures (up to 60%may be selected)
- Essay Exam 1 (up to 30%)
- Essay Exam 2 (up to 30%)
Important NotesStudents 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, Renee' Sartin-Kirby - Coordinator (595-2610).
Deadlines/Due Dates - All due dates and deadlines are firm. Late assignments and exercises will not be accepted. A "no show" will result in an "F" for that particular task. The absolute final deadline for all course work is Friday, May 3rd, 11 a.m. central time.
Communicating - 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.
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. THIS PROFESSOR USES A COOPERATIVE LEARNING APPROACH AS WELL AS SEVERAL EXPERIMENTAL AND INNOVATIVE TEACHING/LEARNING TECHNIQUES. GROUPWORK IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT IN THIS COURSE!
Week Topic Readings due 1 Introduction H, foreword, preface,ch.1-2 2 Criminal Justice and Corrections
**Wed,1/30 Computer Workshop in library
H&A, ch.1-3; H,ch.3-8 3 History of Corrections H&A, ch.4-6; H, 9-15 4 The Correctional Client H&A, ch.7-9; H, ch. 16-20 5 The Correctional Client H&A, ch. 10-12; H, afterword, appendices 6 The Prison Experience H&A, ch. 14-16 7 The Prison Experience H&A, ch. 20-23 8 Jail and Short-Term Detention --
**Fri 3/15 - Last to Drop Course
H&A, ch. 24-26 9 Spring Break
** M 3/18, W 3/22, F 3/24 - No Class
no readings 10 Community Corrections H&A, ch. 27-28; S, ch. 1-10 11 Community Corrections H&A, ch. 31-32; S, ch. 11-26 12 Special Populations H&A, ch. 35-36;S, ch. 27-36 13 Special Populations H&A, ch. 36-38; S, ch. 37-43 14 Juvenile Corrections H&A, ch. 33 + 39-42; , S, ch. 44-50 15 The Future of Corrections
**Fri, May 3rd at 11 a.m. central time - The Absolute Final Deadline
--- 15 Corrections: Theory, Policy, Practice
**Fri, May 10th, The Last Day of Class