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Effective: Late Spring 8-Week, 2017/2018

CJAD 311: Police In A Democratic Society

Course Description

Overview and analysis of law enforcement history, development, purposes and roles in a democratic society. Material is presented from a theoretical standpoint and examines critical issues and advances in crime control.

Prerequisite: CJAD 101 and ENGL 111

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Peak, K. J.. Policing America: Challenges and Best Practices. 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2015.
    • ISBN-978-0-13-349565-2

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

This course examines the fundamentals of policing as practiced by police officers on the job. The material is presented from a legal, criminological, historical and social systems perspective so that the student will develop an understanding of the derivation and mechanical aspects of policing, the various police operations of major police agencies, the personnel involved, and the roles of the police in the justice process from investigation to arrest, through the criminal court process. The police subculture will also be examined and special issues related to police officer recruitment, hiring, discipline and job related problems. The student should upon course completion, be able to explain what the police are and how they fit in a democratic society, how they evolved from their historical roots, how different levels of policing differ, and how our current system of policing can be improved. Finally, students should be able to identify current issues and future directions of our nation’s police.

Each week we will focus on different situations, issues, court cases, and problems encountered in policing. Through our On-Line Discussion Assignments, Class Quizzes, and Dropbox Assignments we will examine policing issues, procedures and court decisions that have impacted police. These are reinforced and expanded in our readings in our text.



Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the historical development of policing and law enforcement.
  2. Explain the historical, social, political and democratic aspects of policing.
  3. Articulate the police organizational process and police functions.
  4. Describe the range of legal issues that are of special interest to police.
  5. Explain common terminology and methods used by police professionals.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 360-400 90-100%
B 320-359 80-89%
C 280-319 70-79%
D 240-279 60-69%
F 0-239 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (8) 80 20%
Papers (4) 80 20%
Quizzes (6) 120 30%
Midterm Exam (1) 60 15%
Final Exam (1) 60 15%
Total 400 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introductions 10 Sunday
Quiz 1 20
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 10 Sunday
Paper 1 20
Quiz 2 20
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 10 Sunday
Paper 2 20
Quiz 3 20
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 10 Sunday
Midterm Exam 60
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 10 Sunday
Paper 3 20
Quiz 4 20
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 10 Sunday
Paper 4 20
Quiz 5 20
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 10 Sunday
Quiz 6 20
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 10 Saturday
Final Exam 60
Total Points 400

Assignment Overview

Readings

Each week you will need to read the assigned readings from the textbook.  In addition, you will need to review the Instructional Materials provided in the Content area in D2L.

If you have any questions regarding the content from either the textbook or the Instructional Materials, I encourage you to utilize the Open Forum in the Discussion area.


Discussions

Each week you will have a discussion either introducing yourself to the class or involving the content from the week.  You should format your responses in paragraph form and cite and resources you reference in your posts.  The common rules of grammar apply to both your Initial Post and two responses to classmates' posts. 

Both your initial post and responses to two classmates' posts must be made no later than 11:59 pm Central Time (CT) on Sunday of each week, with the exception of Week 8, which ends on Saturday.


Papers

During this course, you will have four papers to complete.  These papers should reflect upon and synthesize the information you have learned, as well as fully address the given prompt.  The body of the paper should be at least two pages in length, and must contain a cover page.

Each paper must be submitted to the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 pm on Sunday of the respective week.


Quizzes

During the weeks you do not have a Midterm or Final Exam, you will have a quiz.  Each quiz will cover the content from the textbook chapters and Instructional Materials.  Each of these quizzes will consist of 20 multiple choice questions and will have a 20-minute time limit.

Each quiz must be completed by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday of the respective week.


Midterm Exam

During Week 4, you will take a Midterm Exam.  This exam will cover Chapters 1 - 7 from your textbook.  You will complete 60 multiple choice questions within a 60 minute time limit. 

The Midterm Exam must be completed by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.


Final Exam

During Week 8, you will take a Final Exam.  This exam will cover Chapters 8 - 14 from your textbook.  You will complete 60 multiple choice questions within a 60 minute time limit. 

The Final Exam must be completed by 11:59 pm CT on Saturday.


Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Understanding the Basic Foundations of Police in America
Readings
  • Chapter 1
Introductions

To get things going for our course, let's start with introductions. Introduce yourself and tell the class what you would like to be doing career-wise in five years. Also, what do you consider the most pressing issue in the field of policing today?

Your initial post and responses to two classmates' posts is due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Quiz 1
The quiz consists of 20 questions over Chapter 1.  You will have a 20-minute time limit to complete the quiz.  The quiz must be completed by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.
Week 2: Preparing for the Street and Patrol Activities
Readings
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
Discussion 1

It has been said that the police are viewed as both a curse and an evil for free society. For this week's discussion, discuss why the police represent both an aberration and a necessity to a democratic society. Also, after watching our week's video assignment, include in your discussion what we have learned from historical experiences with police.

Your initial post and responses to two classmates' posts is due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Paper 1

Read your assigned chapter and review the assigned video. By synthesizing information from each, discuss different policing eras in the U.S., recording changes that occurred during each era including but not limited to: Early American Policing, Posse Comitatus Act, adoption of the bureaucratic model, police accreditation, up to and including the Community Policing Era.

Your paper must be submitted to the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Quiz 2
The quiz consists of 20 questions over Chapters 2 and 3.  You will have a 20-minute time limit to complete the quiz.  The quiz must be completed by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.
Week 3: Community Oriented Policing and Criminal Investigation
Readings
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
Discussion 2

Since this week's reading assignment focuses on community policing and investigations, consider this: The Department of Homeland Security was formed, in part, to make federal law enforcement more efficient. With a less fragmented system, theoretically, the right hand knows better what the left hand is doing. If this is the case, then why not consolidate local, county and state police? In other words, in the hypothetical, why not have one police department for each state and the cities and counties would be served by precincts of that department? Discuss the pros and cons of such a system.

Your initial post and responses to two classmates' posts is due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Paper 2

Read your assigned chapters and discuss the realities of the CSI effect. Does the research support that this is a real phenomenon? Do you agree? What can be done to address this “bias?”

You must submit your paper to the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Quiz 3
The quiz consists of 20 questions over Chapters 4 and 5.  You will have a 20-minute time limit to complete the quiz.  The quiz must be completed by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.
Week 4: Police Personnel Issues and the Rule of Law
Readings
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
Discussion 3

Would you prefer to deal with a college-educated police officer or with one who has no higher education? Explain your reasons. Discussions must incorporate you research and assigned articles/media.

Your initial post and responses to two classmates' posts is due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam will cover Chapters 1 - 7 and consist of 60 multiple choice questions.  You will have a 60-minute time limit to complete the exam.  The exam must be completed by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Week 5: Police Accountability and Civil Liability
Readings
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9
Discussion 4

For this week’s discussion discuss whether the police “code of secrecy” can ever be overcome so that acts of misconduct and corruption can be revealed and properly investigated.

Your initial post and responses to two classmates' posts is due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Paper 3

Read your assigned chapter. By synthesizing information from your assigned chapter, the assigned Podcast, and video, discuss police use of force. Focus on the extent that an officer should use force against traffic violators who are just being “uncooperative” opposed to a suspect who is posing a “threat.” Include in your discussion the standard of care for police use of force as well as what actions on the part of a suspect justify an increased or decreased force response by a police officer.

You must submit your paper to the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Quiz 4
The quiz consists of 20 questions over Chapter 8 and 9.  You will have a 20-minute time limit to complete the quiz.  The quiz must be completed by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.
Week 6: Federal and State Agencies; Municipal and County Agencies
Readings
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
Discussion 5

For this week’s discussion, discuss the processes of, and barriers to effective communication that can exist within a police organization.

Your initial post and responses to two classmates' posts is due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Paper 4

What is an organization, and what elements of an organization, per Weber, are said to constitute a bureaucracy?

Your paper must be submitted to the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Quiz 5
The quiz consists of 20 questions over Chapter 10 and 11.  You will have a 20-minute time limit to complete the quiz.  The quiz must be completed by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Pursuing Criminal Syndicates; Assessing People Problems
Readings
  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 13
Discussion 6

For this week’s discussion, discuss what is meant by open-air drug markets and raves, and identify what the police are doing to control these problems.

Your initial post and responses to two classmates' posts is due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Quiz 6
The quiz consists of 20 questions over Chapters 12 and 13.  You will have a 20-minute time limit to complete the quiz.  The quiz must be completed by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.
Week 8: Technology in Policing
Readings
  • Chapter 14
Discussion 7

For our final discussion, discuss some new applications of smartphone technologies, as well as some problems with their application.

Your initial post and responses to two classmates' posts is due by 11:59 pm CT on Saturday.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will cover chapter 8 - 14 and consist of 60 multiple choice questions.  You will have a 60-minute time limit to complete the quiz.  The quiz must be completed by 11:59 pm CT on Saturday.



Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.  All other assignments must have instructor approval prior to the due date.  It is the instructor's discretion if an assignment will be accepted late.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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