Analysis of adult and juvenile correctional systems, including probation, parole, jails, and prisons. Topics include theoretical perspectives, the impact of corrections on crime rates, and evaluations of sentencing and other reforms.
Outline and overview key empirical and policy issues in corrections, including by
differentiating between and among types of corrections, noting factual and policy
differences (and similarities) in different contexts (institutional, national, international,
2. Differentiate among and employ a range of disciplinary and scholarly approaches to
understanding corrections. Approaches include but are not limited to the following, many
of which overlap:
3. Identify, compare, and contrast an array of theoretical concerns related to corrections
(for example, philosophies of punishment or conceptualizations of correctional life for
inmates) including how theories expand our empirical and conceptual understanding.
4. Use the expanded knowledge and improved conceptualization to describe, analyze,
interpret, critique, evaluate, assess, research, etc. an array of ideas and practices in
5. Demonstrate mastery of the substance, theories, and methods concerning corrections
covered in this class through class contribution (mostly oral/verbal - comments,
questions, mini-presentations, written assignments) and written work (weekly
assignments, research paper).