CRIJ275 Introduction to Correctional Administration

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice

I. Course Number and Title
CRIJ275 Introduction to Correctional Administration
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
CRIJ100 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces students to correctional administration. The major topics include theories of criminal behavior, justifications for punishment, correctional philosophy, the correctional processes, correctional treatment methodology, early American prisons, today’s prisons, prisons of the future and the role of probation in the criminal justice system.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. analyze the theories of criminal behavior and justifications for punishment;
      2. analyze the correctional philosophy, the correctional processes and the correctional treatment methodology; and
      3. compare and contrast early American prisons, current prisons, proposed prisons of the future and the role of probation.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. introduction to correctional administration
    2. theories of criminal behavior
    3. justifications for punishment
    4. the philosophy of corrections
    5. corrections processes
    6. correctional treatment methodology
    7. early American prisons
    8. today’s prisons
    9. looking to the future of prisons
    10. the role of probation
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. The assessment of course learning goals is based on participation in classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date -11/98; Revised 4/2011