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AMERICAN CORRECTIONS (CHS-264624)

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Course Description:


The student will critically examine the intention and implementation of correctional policy and practices. To do this, the history of corrections will be traversed, taking into consideration the justification and effects of corrections. Using the historical development as a way of understanding current ideas, students will be asked to analyze contemporary methods, focusing again upon the justification and its impact upon the offender, future offenders, the Criminal Justice System and society. The student will read the assigned texts. In addition, there are a number of web sites that are used to illustrate key points and issues. One of the texts also comes with a CD-ROM which is intended to be used to intensify the lessons. The student will post research articles and books with a short critique and share resources with other students for the final paper. Graded discussions will give the opportunity for the student to participate actively and expand upon the information presented in the readings. Four brief papers and a position paper on the death penalty are required.

Prerequisite skills and knowledge: The student should have an understanding of the structure and functions of the various parts of the criminal justice system and the relationship of federal, state and local criminal-justice agencies, such as might be learned in a course in Introduction to Criminal Justice. This can be supported through work within the field of criminal justice, or related civil service fields. Introductory study in sociology, psychology and/or human development is desirable but not required.

Important Note: this course was renamed effective the September 2014 term and was formerly offered as American Corrections: Theory, Policy and Practice. Students who have successfully completed 264614, should not enroll in this course.


This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Jan. Sep.

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