Corrections – CJUS 320

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the criminal correctional system in the United States. The student will review the history of corrections and procedural, statutory, and case law of American correction.


CJUS 200 and CJUS 230


The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an overview of the American correctional system in preparation for further study or career opportunities in the field of criminal justice.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the components of the American correctional system.
  2. Assess the effectiveness of current correctional praxis.
  3. Distinguish between the purposes of punishment, rehabilitation, deterrence, incapacitation, and retribution.
  4. Examine the purposes and roles of community corrections, intermediary sanctions, incarceration, probation, and parole.
  5. Integrate biblical truths regarding punishment with modern application of corrections and punishment theory.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to share his or her own informed opinion in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words with a minimum of 2 citations from at least 2 scholarly sources. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

Mini-Papers (2)

The body of each Mini-Paper must be no more than 3 pages. Each paper must be in current APA format and must include a title page, abstract, body, and reference page. Each paper must include at least 2 relevant and reliable sources in addition to the Bible.

Course Project

The student will work to create a PowerPoint presentation containing specific information to consider in the planning and creation of a correctional facility. The student will first submit a Rough Draft containing at least 5 slides, including the title slide, and at least 2 sources in current APA format.

Upon reviewing feedback on his or her Rough Draft, the student will complete the PowerPoint presentation for the facility plans. The completed presentation must have at least 5 sources in current APA format and contain at least 10 slides, not including the title and reference slides.

LearnSmart Activities (8)

Each LearnSmart Activity will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week and will be completed through the publisher platform alongside module course reading. The student will complete 8 LearnSmart Activities throughout the course. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and consist of multiple-choice review questions regarding the assessed chapters.