1 CJE 4174-COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS Department of Criminal Justice Florida International University Course Description The class will examine issues related to crime throughout the world. The student will identify, analyze, and compare the criminal justice systems in the U.S. with those of other countries. The course will explain the basic worldwide philosophies of law and justice, the arrangements for crime prevention and law enforcement, and the methods of dealing with convicted offenders throughout the world. Learning Outcomes After successful completion of this course the student will be able to: Students will develop an understanding of the interrelationship between crime and punishment from a global, comparative perspective. Students will be able to compare and contrast criminal justice systems in terms of the major legal traditions used across the world (e.g., common law, civil law, socialist law, Islamic law). Students will demonstrate a willingness to work on diverse teams to develop solutions to critical issues confronting global justice systems. Identify the primary sources of international crime statistics. Define the functions of modern, worldwide, police forces. Identify mechanisms to deal with issues of human rights and international crimes and criminals. Examine the stages of the criminal process in different countries. Compare similarities and differences that occur in court structures and procedures in multiple countries. Analyze unique correctional practices in different countries. Required Readings Dammer, Harry R., and Fairchild, Erika. (2006). Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, 3rd Edition. Wadsworth. Supplemental online readings related to course topics will be assigned throughout the semester. Course Requirements Exams. There are two (2) multiple-choice and essay exams for this course (a midterm and a final). The final will not be cumulative. Exams will cover material from lectures and assigned readings. Please bring a Number 2 pencil to the exams. Make-up essay exams will be given only under "extenuating" and "documented" circumstances.
2 Online posts. Students will be expected to participate in online s. One or more questions will be posted weekly by the professor. Students will be required to post one (1) original response and one (1) supplemental response based on another student s post. Students are expected to post high quality messages (e.g., well-written, addressing multiple perspectives, citing sources, etc.) that are related to the topic. Posting additional questions or responding to multiple questions is encouraged, but will not be graded. Grading. Grades will be based on two (2) non-cumulative, multiple-choice/essay exams and ten (10) online posts (extra credit will not be granted): Midterm Exam 100 points Final Exam 100 points Online Discussion Posts 100 points (10 x 10 points each) The following grading scale will be used to determine your course grades: Grade Percent Grade Percent A % C 73-77% A % C % B % D % B 83-87% D 63-67% B % D % C % F Below 60% Attendance. Attendance is strongly encouraged because some material presented in class may not be covered in the assigned readings. Incomplete grade. An incomplete grade is a temporary symbol given at the discretion of the instructor for work not completed because of serious interruption not caused by the student s own negligence. To be eligible, written documentation must be provided. The student also must have successfully completed half of the coursework with a passing grade. An incomplete must be made up as quickly as possible but no later than two consecutive semesters after the initial taking of the course or it will automatically default to an F or the grade that the student earned in the course. There is no extension of the two semester deadline. The student must not register again for the course to make up the incomplete. Students who have incomplete grades on their records must remove the incomplete by the end of the fourth week of the term in which they plan to graduate. Failure to do so will result in a cancellation of graduation. Student misconduct. FIU is a community dedicated to generating and imparting knowledge through excellent teaching and research, the rigorous and respectful exchange of ideas, and community service. All students should respect the right of others to have an equitable opportunity to learn and honestly to demonstrate the quality of their learning. Therefore, all students are expected to adhere to a standard of academic conduct, which demonstrates respect for themselves, their fellow students, and the educational mission of the University. All students are deemed by the University to understand that if they are found responsible for academic misconduct, they will be subject to the Academic Misconduct procedures and sanctions, as outlined in the Student Handbook.
3 Tentative Schedule Meeting Date Lecture Topic Week 1 Introduction Ch. 1 Assignments Week 2 Measuring and Comparing Crime In and Across Nations Ch. 2, online Week 3 Families and Law Ch. 3, online Week 4 Six Model Nations Ch. 4, online Week 5 Law Enforcement: Functions, Organization and Community Involvement Ch. 5, online Week 6 Criminal Procedure Ch. 6, online Week 7 Legal Actors Ch. 7 Week 8 MID TERM EXAM Week 9 Courts Ch. 8 Week 10 After Conviction: The Sentencing Process Ch. 9, online Week 11 After Conviction: The Problem of Prison Ch. 10, online Week 12 Terrorism Ch. 11, online Week 13 Transnational Organized Crime Ch. 12, online Week 14 Juvenile Justice in International Perspective Ch. 13, online Week 15 Contemporary Influences and Future Developments in Ch. 14 Transnational Crime and Justice Week 16 FINAL EXAM
4 Course Outcome Assessment for Upper Division Global Learning Courses Faculty Name: Lisa Stolzenberg Course: CJE 4174 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems Academic Unit: College of Arts and Sciences Degree Program: BS in Criminal Justice Semester Assessed: Fall 2011 Global Learning Student Learning Outcome Addressed Global Awareness: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the interrelatedness of local, global, international, and intercultural issues, trends, and systems. Course Learning Outcome Students will develop an understanding of the interrelationship between crime and punishment from a global, comparative perspective. Assessment Method Assessment Activity/Artifact: 1. Multiple-choice questions Evaluation Process: 1. Number of correct questions Minimum Criteria for Success: 1. 75% of questions correct Sample: All students will be assessed Assessment Results Use of Results for Improving Student Learning 1
5 Course Outcome Assessment for Upper Division Global Learning Courses Faculty Name: Lisa Stolzenberg Course: CJE 4174 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems Academic Unit: College of Arts and Sciences Degree Program: BS in Criminal Justice Semester Assessed: Fall 2011 Global Learning Student Learning Outcome Addressed Global Perspective: Students will be able to conduct a multi-perspective analysis of local, global, international, and intercultural problems. Course Learning Outcome Students will be able to compare and contrast criminal justice systems in terms of the major legal traditions used across the world (e.g., common law, civil law, socialist law, Islamic law). Assessment Method Assessment Activity/Artifact: 1. Essay exam question Evaluation Process: 1. Rubric, Scale of 0-10 Minimum Criteria for Success: or higher on rubric Sample: All students will be assessed Assessment Results Use of Results for Improving Student Learning 2
6 Course Outcome Assessment for Upper Division Global Learning Courses Faculty Name: Lisa Stolzenberg Course: CJE 4174 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems Academic Unit: College of Arts and Sciences Degree Program: BS in Criminal Justice Semester Assessed: Fall 2011 Global Learning Student Learning Outcome Addressed Global Engagement: Students will be able to demonstrate willingness to engage in local, global, international, and intercultural problem solving. Course Learning Outcome Students will be able to develop potential solutions to critical issues confronting global justice systems. Assessment Method Assessment Activity/Artifact: 1. Online posts Evaluation Process: 1. Rubric, scale of 0-10 Minimum Criteria for Success: or higher on rubric Sample: All students will be assessed Assessment Results Use of Results for Improving Student Learning 3
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