Classic and contemporary theories of ethics and their applications to criminal justice decision-making.
This course features examination of classic and contemporary ethical theories and their applications to criminal justice decision-making and policy. The course includes assessments of various theoretical orientations and ethical issues that challenge the contemporary criminal justice agencies. The class materials are also centered on social justice and ethical quandaries in policing, corrections, and court-based policies. The class will also discuss local crime issues that present ethical quandaries to policy makers. This class offers graduate students the opportunity to engage in critical thinking while entertaining a range of ethical approaches. This is a valuable skill for graduate students, regardless of whether they remain in an academia or serve in a practitioner capacity over the course of their career.
Ethics & Criminal Justice (CRJU 714) is currently listed in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice bulletin of classes. However, it has not been taught at the graduate level for at least ten years or more. The current Professor (Hayden Smith) has instructed Ethics & Criminal Justice at the upper undergraduate level (CRJU 591: Ethics & Criminal Justice) and the class was well received by students. Student enrollment was high and student evaluations were well above department averages. The department has expressed a need to have CRJU 714: Ethics & Criminal Justice re-established and re-taught.
Dr. Smith’s previous experience in receiving a Distributed Learning Grant afforded him the opportunity to develop a skillset with the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). As a result, Dr. Smith will be teaching the class in an online format. This will allow flexibility that is currently needed by many criminology graduate students who currently work full time. It will also extend enrollment to disabled students, as many criminology classes are now housed in Currell College (in non-wheel chair accessible classrooms).
The content of the coursework is of suitable rigor and scope for graduate students, many of whom will be responsible for addressing deficits in criminal justice agencies in an ethical manner. This includes a significant amount of writing and critical thinking.
While this is simple, and appropriate, proposal, there is at least one loose end to be resolved:
current Bulletin description indicates cross-listing with PHIL 715; this needs to be reflected in the proposal AND a parallel proposal is needed for PHIL 715
It would be nice if the Provisions for Course Content Interactions could be formatted more nicely, but my memory suggests this might not be possible; if this is the case, just let me know and I'll stop being critical of this in other proposals from other units.
Once this returns to my queue, I will process it quickly and see that it gets to Graduate Council in time to be approved for Fall 2017.
CRJU has discussed this proposal with Philosophy and they wish to maintain the cross-listing but do not wish to request a change in the delivery format of PHIL 715. It is my understanding from Kris Finnigan and Murray Mitchell that because there are no changes being proposed for PHIL 715, a parallel proposal from Philosophy is not needed.
There are numerous omissions and errors in the syllabus and information about online delivery. Before I can ask INDEV to look at this proposal, please address each of the following:
I appreciate the fact that PHIL is not interested in changing the delivery mode for the cross-listed course, PHIL 715. What this means, in practice, is that whenever CRJU 714 is offered online, it cannot be cross-listed as PHIL 715. A letter of concurrence from PHIL with their acknowledgement of this change would be most appreciated; it should also be mentioned in the justification.
please address the two issues we discussed
Philosophy grad student may take the course for credit, but in its online format it will not count towards their required number of graduate seminars, as per recent (already approved) changes to the graduate bulletin for the MA and PhD programs in Philosophy.
The administrative edit to remove the cross-listing from the course description should not interfere with the timely approval of this course for distance delivery - hopefully in time to be offered in Fall 2017 (not 2018).
It is also noted that the cross-listed course (PHIL 715) is not being approved for distance delivery. This is not a problem, except that PHIL grad students cannot apply credit from an online version of CRJU 715 toward a PHIL degree.
Confirm that the cross-listing is intentionally being removed.
Either change the grading system to letter grades only, or, include information on how to earn a "Pass."
Otherwise, looks fine.
I just want to highlight that there is NO CHANGE proposed for cross-listing with PHIL 715. CRJU 714 is currently identified in the Bulletin as cross-listed with PHIL 715, and this cross-listing is to be maintained.
An email from Michael Dickson (Chair of Philosophy) asserting agreement with this arrangement is included in the Proponent's comments.
Philosohy approves. All issues regarding cross-listing the course have been handled via changes to our graduate program (already approved by the University and CHE). The cross list is fine to maintain.