Fall 2019 UTRGV: Dept. of CJ CRIJ 4361.01 Comparative/World CJ Systems

Instructor:                                          Dr. Joseph A-Gyamfi

Office:                                                339 ELABN

Phone #                                              956-665-7061

Meeting Days and Times:                 Mondays 12.30 PM – 1.45 PM

Classroom:                                         ELABN 105

Email:                                                 joseph.appiahenegyamfi@utrgv.edu

Phone:                                                956-665-7061

Office Hours:                                     Md. 11.00 AM – 12.00 PM; & 2.00 PM – 3.00 PM

Wed. 11.00 AM 12.00 PM & 2.00 PM – 3.00 PM

Or by Appointment

 

Syllabus: This course will examine the four major legal systems of the world: the Common law system; the Civil law system; their hybrids; the Islamic law system; and the Socialist law system. The historical developments and antecedent conditions that brought about these systems, and the philosophies, theories, methods, and structures, as well as the operations of each system will be examined. How these systems/laws have shaped England (Common law), France and Germany (Civil law); Russia and China (Socialist law), Japan and the Republic of South Africa (hybrid), and Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey (Islamic law) will be examined. Finally, selected international and transnational crimes, including transnational organized crime are discussed. Classes: lectures/discussions

 

The learning outcomes:

After completing this courses, the student will be able:

                     To recognize and appreciate the differences and similarities among the four leading global legal systems or families of law

                     To distinguish how the different legal systems or families of law administer justice in selected countries

                     To explore and capture the impact of globalization on crime

                     To appreciate how countries other than the USA administer justice

                     To recognize how the different world religions have greatly shaped the administration of justice globally

 

CJ Department Student Learning Outcomes:

1.      Demonstrate knowledge of the structure, operations, and practices of the major components of the CJ system, which include police, courts, corrections, and laws.

2.      Explain the fundamentals of research methods and statistical techniques used in criminal justice research.

3.      Apply critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, and communication skills through classroom assignments.

4.      Demonstrate knowledge of criminological theory and crime control techniques.

 

Required Textbooks:

1. Terrill, R. J. (2016). World Criminal Justice Systems. A Comparative Survey 9th Edition. New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-323-35646-6

Suggested Retail Price:           New $120                                            Used $90

 

2. Dammer, H. R. & Albanese, J. (2014). Comparative criminal justice systems (5th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thompson. ISBN 13: 978-1-285-06786-6                      ISBN 10: 1-285-06786-X

Suggested Retail Price:           E-Book $115               Used $180.25              Rent $100

 

         Each textbook is an open educational resource

 

Important dates

Aug. 26 (Mon.)                                   Fall classes begin

Aug. 29 (Thurs.)                                Last day to add a class or register for Fall classes

Aug. 30 (Fri.)                                     Last day to withdraw & receive 80% refund

Sep. 2 (Mon.)                                     Labor Day Holiday. No classes.

Sep. 9 (Mon.)                                     Last day to withdraw & receive a 70% refund

Sep. 11 (Wed.)           Census Day (last day to drop without it appearing on transcript)

Sep. 16 (Mon.)                                   Last day to withdraw & receive a 50% refund

Sep. 23 (Mon.)                                   Last day to withdraw & receive a 25% refund

Nov. 13 (Wed.)           Last day to drop a class (grade of DR) or withdraw (grade of W)

Nov. 28-29 (Thurs.-Fri.)                   Thanksgiving Holiday. No classes

Dec. 5 (Thurs.)                                   Study Day. No classes.

Dec. 6-12 (Fri.-Thurs.)                      Final Exams

Dec. 12 (Thurs.)                                 Fall classes end; Official last day of the term

 

Examination dates

Exam #1                                             Monday September 23

Exam #2                                             Monday October 14

Exam #3                                             Wednesday October 30

Exam #4                                             Monday November 18

Final examination                             Wednesday Dec. 11 @ 10 AM – 11.30 AM

 

Course evaluation

Exam # 1                                            15%

Exam # 2                                            15%

Exam # 3                                            15%

Exam # 4                                            15%

Final Exam                                        40%

 

Exams Chapters

Exam # 1                                            Chapters 1-5 of Dammer & Albanese

Exam # 2                                            England & Chapters 6-9 of Dammer & Albanese

 

Exam # 3                                            France, Germany (Chapters 6-9 of Dammer & Albanese), & the Republic of South Africa

 

Exam # 4                    China, Russia, & Japan (Chaps 6-9 of Dammer & Albanese)

Final Exam                Terrill Chap 7 - Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey; Chaps 1-11 Dammer & Albanese – notes on Saudi Arabia; & organized crime, etc.

Examination Policy: All the exams are in-class, and are based on the textbooks, lecture notes and the discussions. Each exam will consist of multiple-choice and short answer questions of no less than 60 questions, except the final exams, which will be no less than 70 questions. If you miss a scheduled exam due to illness or serious personal problems, inform me before the scheduled exam date. Absence due to illness requires a medical certificate or doctor’s report. Where this policy has been complied with, alternative arrangements may be made on case basis. Absence and or lateness without a compelling justification will be self-penalizing. You may be permitted to write a missed exam under extenuating circumstances.

Final Grade policies: You must complete every course requirement including attending classes in order to receive a final grade. Defaulters in any one requirement will fail the course regardless of grades received so far.

Attendance policy: This is not online course. Your physical presence or class attendance is mandatory. In other words, you are expected to attend all scheduled classes. Three absences will be considered as withdrawal from this course. That is, three absences will result in a fail no matter the current grade. It is the responsibility of the student to withdraw from the course. UTRGV’s attendance policy excuses students from attending class if they are participating in officially sponsored university activities, such as athletics; observance of religious holy days; or military service. Students should contact me in advance of the excused absence and arrange for make-up missed work or exams.

Course drop: According to UTRGV policy, students may drop any class without penalty earning a grade of DR until the official drop date. Following that date, students must be assigned a letter grade and can no longer drop the class. Students considering dropping the class should be aware of the “3-peat rule” and the “6-drop” rule so they can recognize how dropped classes may affect their academic success. The 6-drop rule refers to Texas law that dictates that undergraduate students may not drop more than six courses during their undergraduate career. Courses dropped at other Texas public higher education institutions will count toward the six-course drop limit. The 3-peat rule refers to additional fees charged to students who take the same class for the third time.

Cellphone policy: It is said that courtesy costs nothing but pays much. Those who are in the habit of leaving their cellphones on should know that it is not only a nuisance to me, but also distracting to the other students. It is unacceptable. Please turn or mute your cellphones, pagers, etc. when in class. Two points will be deducted from your final grade if your cellphone, pager etc. rings in class.

“Talking” or disrupting class: Class participation is encouraged, but talking, scribbling notes around, making signs, gestures and sometimes laughing aloud to the hearing of the class when lecture is in progress is not. Two points will be deducted when caught and the culprit asked to leave the classroom.

“Sleeping” policy: Do not “sleep” or “burry” your head/face on your table/desk, etc. while class is in session/progress. You will be asked to leave the classroom and two points deducted from your final grade if found to be sleeping, dosing or inattentive.

Decorum policy: Do not leave and return unceremoniously while lecture is in progress, it is distracting, as well. You will be asked to leave if this becomes persistent.

Students with disabilities: Students with a documented disability (physical, psychological, learning, or other disability which affects academic performance) who would like to receive academic accommodations should contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to initiate services. Accommodations can be arranged through SAS at any time, but are not retroactive. Students who suffer a broken bone, severe injury or undergo surgery during the semester are eligible for temporary services.

Student Accessibility Services: Brownsville Campus: Student Accessibility Services is located in Cortez Hall Room 129 and can be contacted by phone at (956) 882-7374 (Voice) or via email at ability@utrgv.edu. Edinburg Campus: Student Accessibility Services is located in 108 University Center and can be contacted by phone at (956) 665-7005 (Voice), (956) 665-3840 (Fax), or via email at ability@utrgv.edu.

Pregnancy, Pregnancy-related, and Parenting Accommodations: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination, which includes discrimination based on pregnancy, marital status, or parental status. Students seeking accommodations related to pregnancy, pregnancy-related condition, or parenting (reasonably immediate postpartum period) are encouraged to contact Student Accessibility Services for additional information and to request accommodations.

Mandatory course evaluation period: Students are required to complete an ONLINE evaluation of this course, accessed through your UTRGV account (http://my.utrgv.edu); you will be contacted through email with further instructions. Students who complete their evaluations will have priority access to their grades.  Online evaluations will be available on or about: Module 1                     October 2 – 8

Module 2         November 27 – December 3

Full Fall Semester       November 14 – December 4

Scholastic integrity: As members of a community dedicated to Honesty, Integrity and Respect, students are reminded that those who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and expulsion from the University. Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: cheating, plagiarism (including self-plagiarism), and collusion; submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person; taking an examination for another person; any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student; or the attempt to commit such acts. Since scholastic dishonesty harms the individual, all students and the integrity of the University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced (Board of Regents Rules and Regulations and UTRGV Academic Integrity Guidelines). All scholastic dishonesty incidents will be reported to the Dean of Students.

Sexual harassment, discrimination, & violence: In accordance with UT System regulations, your instructor is a “Responsible Employee” for reporting purposes under Title IX regulations and so must report to the Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity (oie@utrgv.edu) any instance, occurring during a student’s time in college, of sexual misconduct, which includes sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence, and sexual harassment, about which she/he becomes aware during this course through writing, discussion, or personal disclosure. More information can be found at www.utrgv.edu/equity, including confidential resources available on campus. The faculty and staff of UTRGV actively strive to provide a learning, working, and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect that is free from sexual misconduct, discrimination, and all forms of violence. If students, faculty, or staff would like confidential assistance, or have questions, they can contact OVAVP (Office for Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention) at 665-8287, 882-8282, or OVAVP@utrgv.edu.

Course drop: According to UTRGV policy, students may drop any class without penalty earning a grade of DR until the official drop date. Following that date, students must be assigned a letter grade and can no longer drop the class. Students considering dropping the class should be aware of the “3-peat rule” and the “6-drop” rule so they can recognize how dropped classes may affect their academic success. The 6-drop rule refers to Texas law that dictates that undergraduate students may not drop more than six courses during their undergraduate career. Courses dropped at other Texas public higher education institutions will count toward the six-course drop limit. The 3-peat rule refers to additional fees charged to students who take the same class for the third time.

Student Services: Students who demonstrate financial need have a variety of options when it comes to paying for college costs, such as scholarships, grants, loans and work-study. Students should visit the Students Services Center (U Central) for additional information. U Central is located in BMAIN 1.100 (Brownsville) or ESSBL 1.145 (Edinburg) or can be reached by email (ucentral@utrgv.edu) or telephone: (888) 882-4026. In addition to financial aid, U Central can assist students with registration and admissions.

 

Students seeking academic help in their studies can use university resources in addition to an instructor’s office hours. University Resources include the Advising Center, Career Center, Counseling Center, Learning Center, and Writing Center. The centers provide services such as tutoring, writing help, critical thinking, study skills, degree planning, and student employment. Locations are:

 

Center Name

Brownsville Campus

Edinburg Campus

Advising Center

AcademicAdvising@utrgv.edu

BMAIN 1.400

(956) 665-7120

ESWKH 101

(956) 665-7120

Career Center

CareerCenter@utrgv.edu

BCRTZ 129

(956) 882-5627

ESSBL 2.101

(956) 665-2243

Counseling Center

Counseling@utrgv.edu

EUCTR 109

(956) 665-2574

BSTUN 2.10

(956) 882-3897

Learning Center

LearningCenter@utrgv.edu

BMSLC 2.118

(956) 882-8208

ELCTR 100

(956) 665-2585

Writing Center

WC@utrgv.edu

BUBLB 3.206

(956) 882-7065

ESTAC 3.119

(956) 665-2538

 

 

Welcome to CRIJ 4361.01. I hope you enjoy the course