Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number:
Corrections and Penology
Analysis of punishment in our criminal justice system, with focus on why we punish and how we punish, all examined within the context of correctional philosophies. History and development of corrections, including relevant theories, practices, systems analysis and treatment modalities. Prerequisite: CJAD 101, ENGL 111
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
CJAD 101, ENGL 111
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
Corrections in the 21st Century
By Schmallager, F. and Smykla, J.O. (Glenco McGraw-Hill) Recommended
Corrections in the United States: A Contemporary Perspective
By Champion, Dean J. (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Corrections: A Concise Introduction
By Quin, James F. (Waveland Press) Recommended
Many suitable textbooks are available from various publishers and the following list is not comprehensive. Other textbooks may be judged by individual instructors to be more suitable in meeting course objectives. Many current textbooks have companion websites, and the instructor is encouraged to enhance the course experience for the student by utilizing available technology.
Course Learning Outcomes
Describe the historical development of corrections and penology in America.
Explain the social, economic, philosophical, and political aspects of corrections.
Describe the organizational structure, roles and functions of corrections entities in the modern criminal justice system.
Articulate the legal and ethical issues that are of special interest to corrections professionals.
Explain common terminology and methods used by corrections professionals.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
History and evolution of corrections
Law and the legal process
The correctional process
The rights of the convicted prisoner
The correctional client
The correctional manager’s dilemma
Summary and overview
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.