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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 Objectives

• To broaden student understanding of and appreciation for corrections and penology in America. • To expose students to common terminology and methods used by professionals in the Corrections system. • To empower students in advocating reform on correctional issues when necessary. • To enhance student understanding of the roles and functions served by the various entities in the Corrections system and to heighten the student's sensitivity to the legal and practical limitations placed on corrections agencies. • To broaden student understanding of and appreciation for probation, parole and community based corrections programs. • To enhance knowledge and understanding of the retribution and rehabilitation pendulum associated with sentencing strategies.

Measurable Learning

• Describe and explain the history and evolution of corrections and penology in America. • Describe and evaluate past and present philosophy and theory regarding the American correctional system. • Describe the roles and functions of the Corrections system. • Distinguish between probation and parole. • Identify the limitations placed on corrections agencies. • Explain current community based corrections programs. • Describe and explain the retribution and rehabilitation pendulum associated with sentencing strategies. • Apply competing values, theories, policies and concepts to real and hypothetical problems in the correctional system. • Identify current problems and issues relating to the correctional system. • Appraise current literature and developments regarding corrections and penology.

Topical Outline:

In an effort to better prepare students for future educational pursuits and professionalism in their chosen fields, it is highly recommended that all courses bearing the CJAD prefix contain both a writing and speech communication component. Formal writing projects should be prepared in APA format.

  • 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:

    Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: November 6, 2008
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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