Gerald's Goals

I am posting these for Gerald

Professional Standards (from Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ standards) 1. Critical Thinking
2. Communication
3. Technology Literacy
4. Computing Skills
5. Quantitative reasoning
6. Ethical Decision Making
7. Diversity Literacy
Program Outcomes (from Department of Government and Sociology) A. Communicate effectively, both in speaking and in writing. B. Describe the political nature of society and its role in the United States. C. Explain the necessity for moral and ethical judgment in decision-
making by individuals and by organizations within the criminal justice system.
D. Articulate the role of the individual as a member of the family, groups, organizations, and society.
E. Explain the roles of policing, courts, and correctional institutions as they contribute to social order.
F. Explain and be able to apply the scientific method in research and policy evaluation in criminal justice.
G. Analyze the theoretical foundations of criminal justice by an understanding of criminological theory and philosophy.
H. Demonstrate the group skills necessary to meet the various role expectations in criminal justice agencies.
I. Describe the criminal justice system as it currently exists and as it is envisioned in the future.
K. Explain the role of criminal justice professionals in the preservation and protection of social order in a free society. COURSE DESCRIPTION
A capstone course focusing on criminal justice professionalism, critical issues in criminal justice policy, program evaluation and the future of the discipline. COURSE OBJECTIVES/GOALS/OUTCOMES
The successful student will:
1. Analyze, criticize and/or synthesize existing criminal justice policies.
2. Associate criminal justice policies with appropriate criminal justice theories.
3. Determine which policies are effective in addressing the issues meant to be addressed. 4. Analyze, critique and discuss the inadequacies (if any) of the bill.
5. Determine the holistic effect of policies on the criminal system and our society.
6. Analyze the effects of policies to infer the reasonableness of the policy and any unintended consequences of the policy
7. Understand the complexity and extent of influence of the criminal justice system and be able to explore and examine controversial issues in criminal justice…
8. Be able to critically analyze issues, trends, and practices in the criminal justice system. 9. Understand each component’s role in the criminal justice system.
10. Be able to explain how policy changes in one area or component of the criminal justice system may affect other areas or components of the system.
11. Be familiar with the various association and organizations in criminal justice.
12. Understand, assess, and describe, career and educational opportunities within the criminal justice system and the various roles played by criminal justice professionals in those careers.
13. Be able to locate appropriate criminal justice journals and other sources of criminal justice data that will assist in supporting or refuting analysis of policies and/or theories.

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About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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3 Responses to Gerald's Goals

  1. kcossey says:

    Great start Gerald. I like how you put your course in context with your department and professional standards. Just a few ideas.

    2. Associate criminal justice policies with appropriate criminal justice theories.(Goal 2)
    I wasn’t sure exactly what “associate” entails. Perhaps change to students will be able to “articulate links between criminal justice policies and underlying criminal justice theories”.

    11. Be familiar with the various association and organizations in criminal justice. This may be the only “low-level” goal on here. Familarity is a relative term. Is there something more action oriented that you want them to do?

    General statement: As a student in a course, I might be a bit daunted by a course with so MANY goals. I like how specific they are, but would it be possible to combine or weed out a few of the lower priority goals. If you have TOO many, it’s easy to lose focus somewhere around mid-semester.

  2. geraldfisher says:

    Thanks, those are good

  3. geraldfisher says:

    Here is a revised version.

    COURSE OBJECTIVES/GOALS/OUTCOMES
    The successful student will:
    1. Analyze, criticize and/or synthesize existing criminal justice policies.
    2. Articulate links betwee criminal justice policies and underlying criminal justice theories.
    3. Determine which policies are effective in addressing the issues meant to be addressed.
    4. Analyze, critique and discuss the inadequacies (if any) of the bill.
    6. Analyze the effects of policies to infer the reasonableness of the policy and its unintended consequences if any.
    7. Understand the complexity and extent of influence of the criminal justice system and be able to explore and examine controversial issues, trends and practices in criminal justice.
    8. Be able to explain how policy changes in one area or component of the criminal justice system may affect other areas or components of the system.
    9. Understand, assess, and describe, career and educational opportunities within the criminal justice system and the various roles played by criminal justice professionals in those careers.

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