Seward County Community College/Area Technical School
Course Syllabus

  1. TITLE OF COURSE: CJ2303 - Introduction to Corrections
  2. COURSE DESCRIPTION: 3 credit hours. 3 hours of lecture per week.  This course is an introduction to the philosophy and history of corrections, identifying multiple facets of the correctional system, including: Jails and Detention Facilities, Probation, Intermediate Sanctions, Imprisonment and Parole. This course focuses on how today's correctional subsystems function within a larger criminal justice system and covers correctional systems as they apply to the individual and to society. For each unit of credit, a minimum of three hours per week with one of the hours for class and two hours for studying/preparation outside of class is expected. Pre-requesite: none
  3. PROGRAM AND/OR DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT: The Criminal Justice program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School provides students with the opportunity to develop and enhance their skills in the criminal justice field through educational and technical instruction.
  4. TEXTBOOK AND MATERIALS: Clear, Todd, Cole, George, Reisig, Michael, American Corrections,10th Edition, Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2013.
  5. SCCC/ATS OUTCOMES: Students who successfully complete this course will demonstrate the ability to do the following SCCC/ATS Outcomes:
  6. COURSE OUTCOMES: At the completion of this course students should demonstrate an understanding of corrections from a historical, philosophical and practical point of view. The student will demonstrate their understanding of the subject by demonstrating at least 70% competency of the topics to be covered, including:
    1. Develop knowledge of the history and evolution of corrections.

    a. Discuss the purpose of corrections.

    b. Identify the origins of corrections.

    c. Compare the early history of corrections with today's corrections.

    2. Demonstrate knowledge of sentencing systems and sentencing issues

       a. Describe the sentencing process and discuss various types of sentencing and their implications for sentenced offenders

       b. Discuss major sentencing issues

       c. Describe the presentence investigation report and its function

    3. Develop knowledge of diversion, standard, and intensive supervised probation programs

                   a. Discuss the nature and functions of various diversion programs

                   b. Describe the functions of probation

                   c. Discuss intensive supervised probation and reasons for its use

    4. Discuss the philosophy and various programs involved in community corrections

    5. Demonstrate an understanding of parole, its programs, and revocation

       a. Describe the history of parole

       b. Discuss various parole programs

       c. Describe the parole revocation process

    6. Discuss the history of jails, their functions, and their inmate characteristics

    7. Discuss the history of prisons, their functions, and the their inmate characteristics

    8. Demonstrate an understanding of the rights of the sentenced offender.

    9. Demonstrate an understanding of jail and prison administration issues and correctional officer selection and training

       a. Identify various models of management

       b. Discuss correctional officer recruitment and training process

       c. Examine different types of negligence and liability issues

  10. METHODS OF ASSESSMENT: Methods of assessing SCCC/ATS and course outcomes include tests, daily work class attendance, and participation.
  11. ADA STATEMENT: If you believe that you are entitled to special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Dean of Student Services at 620-417-1016 or visit the office located in the Hobble Academic Building.    
    Syllabus Reviewed: September 2014