Course Design Guide

College of Criminal Justice and Security

CJA/344 Version 3

Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice

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This course offers a comprehensive, critical and balanced examination of the issues of crime and justice with respect to ethnicity. Procedures and policy in a pluralistic and multicultural society are examined relative to law enforcement, courts and corrections environments.

 

Policies

 

Faculty and students will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents:

 

•              University policies: You must be logged into the student website to view this document.

•              Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum.

 

University policies are subject to change. Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality.

 

Course Materials

 

The Criminology and Criminal Justice Collective of Northern Arizona University. (2009). Investigating difference: Human and cultural relations in criminal justice (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

 

McNamara, R., & Burns, R. (2009). Multiculturalism in the criminal justice system. New York, NY: McGraw- Hill.

 

All electronic materials are available on the student website.

 

 

Week One: Ethnicity, Social Structure, and Crime Victims and Offenders

 

 

Details

 

Due

 

Points

 

Objectives

 

1.1 Describe how the historical development of policing relates to current concerns regarding multiculturalism.

1.2 Interpret victimization, offender rates, and statistical data for different ethnic groups.

1.3 Describe the history of gangs and their influence on youth.

1.4 Describe the occurrence of hate crimes on people of various ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and sexual orientations.

1.5 Explain the relationship between police and people of various ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and sexual orientations.

1.6 Explain the factors related to ethnicity and socioeconomic

statuses that lead to disparity in the criminal justice system.

 

Week 1 Tues

12/03/2013

 

 

Reading

 

Read the Week One Read Me First.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read Ch. 1 of Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System.

 

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read Ch. 2 of Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read Ch. 8 of Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read Ch. 3 of Investigating Difference.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read Ch. 5 of Investigating Difference.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read Ch. 7 of Investigating Difference.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read Ch. 14 of Investigating Difference.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

 

 

 

Participation

 

Participate in class discussion.

 

Participation in class discussions 3 out of 7 Days.

 

3

 

Discussion Questions/Weekly Summary

 

Respond to weekly discussion questions. Submit Week 1 Summary

 

DQ 1 Thursday Day

3 (12/05/2013); DQ 2 Sat Day 5 (12/07/2013). Weekly Summary Mon Day 7 (12/09/2013)

 

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Learning Team Instructions Panel Discussion Presentation (Preparation)

 

Choose a topic from the following options concerning the dynamics of race, the police, and the community for your panel discussion:

 

•              Racial profiling by police

•              Influence of police leadership on racial disparity and discrimination

•              Effect of police brutality on ethnic minority victims, family, and community

•              Response of government officials to racial and ethnic issues

 

Consider using Opposing Viewpoints in Context as a source for your articles, which is located in University Library under Specialized Resources. Use the Quick Search function to locate articles on your selected topic. .  DO NOT COPY AND PASTE THE ARTICLES TO THE LEARNING TEAM FORUM.

 

Review three to five articles pertaining to your topic.

 

Begin working on your Panel Discussion Presentation, due in

Week Two.

 

Week 1

 

 

Individual

Police Influence on

Society

 

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper that describes how the historical development of policing in the United States relates to the current relationship between police and different ethnic groups and social

 

Mon, Day 7, (12/09/2013)

 

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classes.

 

Support your discussion with examples from law enforcement practices, court procedures, corrections populations, or all three.

 

Use at least two peer-review sources published within the last six years from scholarly (peer-review) journals.Web sites will not count towards scholarly journals requirement. Properly cite your references/resources in APA format.

 

Format your essay consistent with APA guidelines.

 

 

 

 

Week Two: Ethnicity and the Police

 

 

Details

 

Due

 

Points

 

Objectives

 

2.1 Analyze public opinion about the police.

2.2 Identify contemporary concerns relative to policing particular ethnic communities.

2.3 Examine how police practices affect police–community relations.

2.4 Explain officer attitudes, police corruption, and citizen complaints relative to ethnicity.

 

Week 2

 

 

Reading

 

Read the Week Two Read Me First.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read Ch. 3 of Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read Ch. 10 of Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Review Ch. 2 of Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

 

 

 

Participation

 

Participate in class discussion.

 

Participation in class discussions 3 out of 7 Days.

 

3

 

Discussion Questions/Weekly Summary

 

Respond to weekly discussion questions. Submit Week 2

Assignment

 

DQ 1 Thu Day

3 (12/12/2013) DQ 2 Sat Day 5 (10/14/2013). Weekly Summary Mon, Day 7 (12/16/2013)

 

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Nongraded Activities and Preparation Gangs and Law

 

Resource: “The End of the Line: California Gangs and the Promise of Street Peace” article located in this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings

 

Week 2

 

 

 

Enforcement

 

Read the article and be prepared to discuss the history of California gangs, the relationship with current gang warfare, and law enforcement’s role in gang suppression.

 

 

 

Individual Ethnicity and the Police Part I: Annotated bibliography

 

Resource: University of Phoenix Material: Ethnicity and the Police located on the student website

 

Choose one of the following topics:

 

•              Race and contemporary concerns relative to policing particular ethnic communities

•              Public opinion of police by different ethnic groups

•              Police practices and police community relations

•              Police corruption and citizen complaints relative to ethnicity

 

Form an opinion on the selected topic.

 

Locate and identify at least three references from peer-reviewed journals published within the last six years to support your opinion.

 

Prepare an annotated bibliography (see the Course Forum for information on Annotated Bibliography and the format) of your newspaper article, speech, or podcast due in Week Four that examines your selected topic. Include at least one contemporary event within the last ten years as an example to illustrate the main points. Your Week 4 assignment will be for a newspaper

article, speech, or podcast. If you decide on the newspaper article or the speech, you must use APA 6th format. If you use podcast, please limit to 10 minutes. Also, for podcast—post your references to the Assignment Section in addition to your podcast.

 

You must state in your paper your option: newspaper article, speech, or podcast

 

Format your annotated bibliography and references consistent with

APA guidelines.

 

Submit your annotated bibliography, including thereference page.

 

Day 7, Mon

(12/16/2013)

 

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Learning TeamPanel Discussion Presentation

 

Choose one team member who will serve as a moderator. The remaining team members will serve as panelists.

 

The moderator summarizes the key points of the articles selected by the team in Week One and comes up with at least five questions to ask about the articles.

 

•              The panelists will answer the moderator’s questions. Each question asked by the moderator must be answered by every panelist to ensure a wide variety of opinions.

 

•              Then, the moderator should facilitate a brief discussion

 

Day 6, Sun

(12/15/2013)

 

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related to the team members’ responses to the questions.

 

Tip: Using a Thread for each question helps organized the discussions.

 

Submit a reflection summary of the team discussion.

 

Choose to write a 350- to 700-word paper or to create a 5- to 7- slide Microsoft® Power Point® presentation with speaker notes with 200-300 words for each slide.

 

Note: see the Course Policies regarding pictures, graphs and tables in your PowerPoint presentations.

 

Include the following in your paper or presentation:

 

•              Who played what role

•              A brief summary of the articles. You can use annotate bibliography format. See Course Materials for information on annotate bibliography

•              A list of the questions asked by the moderator

•              A brief summary of the panel discussion and your reactions to the articles

•              A reference page

 

 

 

 

Week Three: Ethnicity and the Courts

 

 

Details

 

Due

 

Points

 

Objectives

 

3.1 Summarize the effect of ethnicity on courtroom proceedings.

3.2 Identify disparity and discrimination issues in courtroom proceedings.

3.3 Explain the need for diversity among courtroom personnel and whether ethnicity influences judicial practices.

3.4 Evaluate the efficacy of jury nullification when premised on ethnic considerations.

 

Week 3

 

 

Readings

 

Read the Week Three Read Me First.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read Ch. 11 of Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read Ch. 18 of Investigating Difference.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Review Ch. 3 of Investigating Difference.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

 

 

 

Participation

 

Participate in class discussion.

Participation in class discussions 3 out of 7 Days.

 

3

 

Discussion Questions/Weekly Summary

 

Respond to weekly discussion questions. Submit Week 3 Summary

 

DQ 1 Day 3, Thu (12/19/2013);

 

6

 

 

 

 

DQ 2 Day 5, Sat (12/21/2013). Weekly Summary

Day 7 Mon

(12/23/2013)

 

 

IndividualEthnicity and the Police (Preparation)

 

Continue working on your assignment due in Week 4.

 

 

 

Learning Team InstructionsEthnicity and Corrections (Preparation)

 

Begin working on the Ethnicity and Corrections assignment, due in Week

Four.

 

 

 

Learning Team

Assignment

Jury Nullification

Paper

 

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you address the following:

 

•              Explain whether ethnicity influences courtroom proceedings and judicial practices.

•              Summarize the arguments for and against ethnicity-based jury nullification.

•              Include contemporary examples (within the last 10 years) of ethnicity-based jury nullification. Note: you can use news articles]

•              Conclude by choosing a position for or against ethnicity-based jury nullification and defend your decision.

 

Use at least three peer-review sources published within thelast six years from scholarly journals. Websites will notcount towards scholarly journals requirement.

 

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines..

 

Day 6, Sun

(12/22/2013)

 

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Week Four: Ethnicity and Corrections

 

 

Details

 

Due

 

Points

 

Objectives

 

4.1 Describe the issue of ethnic disparity and discrimination within corrections.

4.2 Identify the significance of cultural diversity as it relates to correctional facilities.

4.3 Explain ethnic disparity issues as they relate to the juvenile justice system.

4.4 Analyze the prevalence of wrongful convictions in the United States.

 

Week 4

 

 

Reading

 

Read the Week Four Read Me First.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read Ch. 12 of Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System.

 

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read Ch. 19 of Investigating Difference.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Review Ch. 14 of Investigating Difference.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

 

 

 

Participation

 

Participate in class discussion.

 

Participation in class discussions 3 out of 7

Days.

 

3

 

Discussion Questions/Weekly Summary

 

Respond to weekly discussion questions. Submit Week 4 Summary

 

DQ 1 Day 3. Thur (01/09/2014); DQ 2 Day 5, Sat (01/11/2014); Weekly Summary Mon Day 7 (01/13/2014)

 

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Learning Team InstructionsContemporary Cultural Diversity Issues (Preparation)

 

Begin working on the Contemporary Cultural Diversity Issues assignment, due in Week Five.

 

 

 

Individual Ethnicity and the Police Part II: Final Deliverable

 

For this assignment, you will choose from the following options:

 

•              Option 1: Newspaper Article

•              Option 2: Speech

•              Option 3: Podcast

 

Read the instructions in the University of Phoenix Material: Ethnicity and the Police on the student website and select one option to complete the assignment. You must adhere to the UoPX Student Code of Conduct. For example, do not use profanity, inappropriate language, gestures or unprofessional formats in your assignment.

 

Use at least three peer-review sources published within thelast six years from scholarly journals. Websites will notcount towards scholarly journals requirement. You should use your peer-review sources from your Week 2 Individual assignment.

 

Day 7, Mon

(01/13/2014)

 

10

 

Learning TeamEthnicity and Corrections

 

Research one of the following ethnicity and corrections case studies:

 

•              The Stanford Prison Experiment

•              California’s race-based lockdowns

•              Attica Prison riot

•              Farmer v. Brennan, et al.

 

Day 6, Sun

(01/12/2014)

 

10

 

 

 

Present the significance of cultural diversity as it relates to correctional facilities using your selected case as an example.

 

Summarize ethnic disparity and discrimination within corrections.

 

Create a 10- to 15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation of your findings.

 

Note: see the Course Policies regarding pictures, graphs and tables in your PowerPoint presentations.

 

Include detailed speaker notes with 200-300 words for each slide.

 

Use at least three peer-review sources published within the last six years from scholarly journals. Websites will not count towards scholarly journals requirement.

 

Format your presentation consistent with APA guidelines.

 

 

 

 

Week Five: Contemporary Cultural Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice

 

 

 

 

 

Details

Due

Points

 

Objectives

 

5.1 Assess whether the criminal justice system discriminates against any group.

5.2 Identify contemporary issues related to disparity and discrimination in the criminal justice system.

5.3 Assess the criminal justice system’s response to the public’s perception of ethnic and gender bias.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read the Week Five Read Me First.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read Ch. 20 of Investigating Difference.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Review Ch. 3 of Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Review Ch. 11 of Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Review Ch. 18 of Investigating Difference.

 

 

 

Reading

 

Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

 

 

 

Participation

 

No Participate Requirement in Week 5.

 

 

 

Discussion

Questions

 

No Discussion Questions and Weekly Summary in Week 5.

 

 

 

IndividualCultural Diversity Training

 

Search the Internet for an example from the past 2 years of a contemporary cultural diversity issue in criminal justice.

 

Create a short training for criminal-justice-system employees that will improve the relationship between the criminal justice system and the

 

Day 7, Mon

(01/20/2014)

 

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community, based on the example you selected.

 

Create a 10- to 15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation of your proposed training.

 

Include detailed speaker notes with 200-300 words for each slide.

 

Use at least three peer-review sources published within thelast six years from scholarly journals. Websites will notcount towards scholarly journals requirement.

 

Note: see the Course Policies regarding pictures, graphs and tables in your PowerPoint presentations.

 

Format your presentation consistent with APA guidelines.

 

 

 

Learning TeamContemporary Cultural Diversity Issues

Presentation

Create a 10- to 15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint®  presentation based on

the two following topics:

 

•              The criminal justice system’s response to the public’s perception of ethnic and gender bias

•              The arguments for and against the contention that the criminal justice system discriminates against racial and ethnic minority groups

 

Address the following in your presentation:

 

•              The criminal justice system’s response to the public’s perception of ethnic and gender bias

•              Whether the criminal justice system discriminates against any group

•              A contemporary issue or event related to each of the two topics to support your arguments

 

Include detailed speaker notes of 200-300 words for each slide.

 

Use at least three peer-review sources published within thelast six years from scholarly journals. Websites will notcount towards scholarly journals requirement.

 

Note: see the Course Policies regarding pictures, graphs and tables in your PowerPoint presentations.

 

Format your presentation consistent with APA guidelines.

 

Day 6, Sun, (01/19/2014)

 

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