BCJ 403 Theory and Practices of Corrections

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BCJ 403 Theory and Practices of Corrections

3 Semester Units

Theory and Practices of Corrections provides students with an overview of our past and present corrections system, the evolving manner in which inmates have been treated, and the controversies that still remain in the corrections system today. Students will be expected to utilize critical thinking skills to participate in discussion, and to contribute their opinions and thoughts to the class. By the end of the semester, students should be more knowledgeable about the corrections system and its participants, as well as be aware of the different perspectives of various members of society.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the variety of ways society punishes people who break criminal laws.
  • Identify the theoretical underpinnings of correctional systems and understand how correctional practices are shaped by these theories.
  • Explain the benefits, drawbacks and competing considerations involved in different correctional methods.
  • Think critically about our correctional practices and develop informed ideas about how our justice system should respond to people who break the law.


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