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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: CJAD 350
Course Title: Corrections and Penology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

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.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): CJAD 101.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

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.

Corrections in the 21st Century
By Schmallager, F. and Smykla, J.O. (Glenco McGraw-Hill)
Corrections in the United States: A Contemporary Perspective
By Champion, Dean J. (Prentice Hall)
Corrections: A Concise Introduction
By Quin, James F. (Waveland Press)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the historical development of corrections and penology in America
  2. Explain the social, economic, philosophical, and political aspects of corrections.  
  3. Describe the organizational structure, roles and functions of corrections entities in the modern criminal justice system
  4. Articulate the legal and ethical issues that are of special interest to corrections professionals  
  5. 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
  • Correctional systems
  • Summary and overview
Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: September 5, 2015
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.

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