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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - CCJ6932

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2011-05-10
Campus: Sarasota
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Approved by USF-SM; To USF System for concurrence 3/18/11. to SCNS 3/28. Approved, effective 5/15/11

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2413 2010-11-22
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Criminology AM 122100004
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Ernie Scott

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    CCJ 6932 Issues in Criminal Justice Administration

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Issues in CJA
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections) 25





    Course Description

    This course will focus on some of the most significant issues facing today’s criminal justice administrator.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    CCJ 6932 will be a required course; part of the core sequence and replacing CCJ 6936 in that regard. The replacement course is necessary to reflect the true nature of the MCJA Program as being oriented to the broad criminal justice administration community versus the narrower focus of “law enforcement” indicated by the CCJ 6936 title.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Criminology and/or Criminal Justice

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Through readings, lectures, discussions, and individual research, students will become familiar with some of the key challenges (and potential solutions) faced by America’s police, courts, and corrections agencies.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    This course is designed to provide students with information about current issues in criminal justice administration; to demonstrate the inter-relatedness of core justice issues; and to build research, analysis, and writing/presentation skills. Achieving these objectives will enhance students’ abilities to produce defensible, evidence-based approaches to problem solving in the justice administration context.

    C. Major Topics

    government use of coercion (e.g., police use of force, incarceration, community control); community oversight of justice agencies; human resource management in the justice agency setting; justice and the media; justice programs in budget-challenged times; and strengthening communities through criminal justice strategies.

    D. Textbooks

    Maguire, M. and Okada, D. (2010) Critical issues in crime and justice: Thought, policy, and practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Requirements/points have been omitted (in the proposal) for the Annotated Bibliography (20 points) and Class Participation (20 points). The total points available under this schema is 300 points; correctly reflected in the proposed syllabus..

    Eight Class Assignments - 80 points

    Final Exam - 60 points

    Class Presentation - 20 points

    Paper - 100 points

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    There are eight reading/research/response assignments, one in-class final exam, a classroom presentation and a research paper

    H. Attendance Policy

    This course includes face-to-face meetings that are scheduled to take place at the USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus. Attendance at class meetings is required. Failure to attend will result in loss of points in the class participation score. Exceptions may be made in the case of medical or other emergencies that qualify as an excused absence. It is the instructor’s responsibility to determine whether an absence qualifies as excused; the student should contact the instructor before the missed session (unless that is impossible) and be prepared to provide documentation. Vacation plans and other personal conflicts (e.g., work or family responsibilities; travel distance) are not grounds for an excused absence. Students who expect that they will not be able to attend class meetings should consider enrolling in a different course that better suits their circumstances.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Make-up exams will be administered only if the student missed class due to a documented emergency or other exigency.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Master in Criminal Justice Administration

  5. Course Concurrence Information


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