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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - CCJ6932
Tracking Number - 2413

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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

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2010-11-22
  2. Department: Criminology
  3. College: AM
  4. Budget Account Number: 122100004
  5. Contact Person: Ernie Scott
  6. Phone:
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: CCJ
  9. Number: 6932
  10. Full Title: Issues in Criminal Justice Administration
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Issues in CJA
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 25
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course will focus on some of the most significant issues facing today’s criminal justice administrator.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. 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.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. 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
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. Textbooks: Maguire, M. and Okada, D. (2010) Critical issues in crime and justice: Thought, policy, and practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. 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

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: There are eight reading/research/response assignments, one in-class final exam, a classroom presentation and a research paper
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Master in Criminal Justice Administration
  39. Course Concurrence Information: N/A

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