CJ 532 - Course Outline

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The Politics of Punishment


Austin, J. and Irwin, I. (2001). It's About Time. Wadsworth. ISBN: 0-534-51498-7

Beckett, K. and Sasser, T. (2004). The Politics of Injustice. Sage Publications. ISBN: 0-7619-2994-0


Individual Journal Entries: (65%)

Five journal entries will be due on dates listed in the course calendar. Click the Journals link for instructions.

Final Journal: (15%)

The five journals will become your final journal, which is graded as a whole.

Online Forum: (20%)

The online forum allows us the opportunity to discuss a range of issues. The forum is an online "bulletin board." Each of you may post questions, reactions to course content, comments about materials available on the Internet, responses to other questions or comments, or whatever you feel like sharing with others. The forum is especially helpful for those who want to share information found on the internet. Links to sites can be easily included in the forum.

In addition to class discussion, the forum is the area in which I will send communications intended to be read by the entire class. Plan to visit the forum often.

Participation: (up to 10 points may be deducted)

Your experience, and the learning experience of your classmates and instructor, are greatly enhanced as the result of active participation. You are likely to have strong opinions about a number of the topics we will discuss. Let us hear what you think by posting comments in the bulletin board/discussion area. This course will be better if you talk more and I talk less. I prefer not to dominate the online discussion so each of you will need to remain active throughout the semester. You all have interesting ideas and viewpoints and we learn more by sharing and trying to understand various views. 

In addition to discussions, participation is evident in efforts to keep up with course work and submit assignments on schedule. In short, don't "disappear" for extended periods. This is not a traditional course with opportunities for classroom discussion. This is not an independent study course either. You are expected to remain involved in the class throughout the semester. If this course met in a traditional classroom we would notice that some students are absent and do not work, through their active participation, to improve the learning environment for all class participants. Other students would attend class on a regular basis, but sit there like "a bump on a log." An online course is different. Our discussions are "asynchronous." In other words, your comments to the class may not be read for several hours after the comment is made. Those who read your comments have the opportunity to think about what was said. Although the time difference changes the nature of a discussion, discussion still takes place. The participants were present even though they were together at a certain time and place. 

Notice that the score for this item is a negative. As graduate students, a certain level of participation is assumed. That level of participation is expected and not included in the grade. Those that fail to reach that level will lose points.

Course Policies


Deadlines are not suggestions. All written material will rapidly lose points in the days following the due date. Zero points will be awarded for missed assignments.

Withdrawing from class

Class withdrawal is your responsibility. If you disappear, we will wonder where you are. However, we will not drop you from the class. Withdrawals should follow University procedure. The student is responsible for obtaining all necessary signatures on drop slips.


If you have or believe you have a disability, you may wish to self-identify.  You can do so by providing documentation to the Office for Services for Students with Disabilities, located at Garcia Annex (646-6840).  Appropriate accommodations may then be provided for you.

If you have a condition which may affect your ability to exit safely from the premises in an emergency or which may cause an emergency during class, you are encouraged to discuss this in confidence with the instructor and/or the director of Disabled Student Programs.  If you have general questions about the Americans With Disabilities ACT (ADA), call 646-3333.

Academic Misconduct

A very high price can be paid when you are caught cheating. Too high to risk. All written material must be your own composition. Appropriate credit must be given for sources used in developing your ideas and arguments. Provide appropriate citations. It is easy to see when large sections of text have been lifted from other Web pages. This is quite easy to verify as well.

It is not appropriate to submit work that was originally completed for another course.

Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct in the NMSU Student Catalog. Students should pay particular attention to the following section on academic misconduct taken from page 19 of the 1999-2000 Undergraduate Catalog. "Any student found guilty of academic misconduct shall be subject to disciplinary action. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following actions:

1. cheating or knowingly assisting another student in committing an act of cheating or other forms of academic dishonesty;

2. plagiarism, which includes, but is not necessarily limited to, submitting examinations, themes, reports, drawing, laboratory notes, undocumented quotation, computer processed materials, or other materials as one’s own work when such work has been prepared by another person or copied from another person; 

3. unauthorized possession of examinations, reserve library materials or laboratory materials;

4. unauthorized changing of grades on an examination, in an instructor’s grade book, or on a grade report; or unauthorized access to computer records;

5. nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other university records in, or for, academic departments or colleges".

NOTE: The penalties for engaging in any of these acts of academic misconduct will be determined on a case-by-case basis, but will follow general university guidelines as to severity.

Classroom Climate

Classroom climate is not solely the Professor's responsibility. We encourage each of you to engage in conversation on any issue. The University is a place for free speech, limited through individual choice. These choices may be altered with awareness of the real or potential reaction of others. However, you should not be intimidated into keeping quiet. We do not condone racist, sexist, homophobic, or other hateful speech. You are all adults, capable of understanding generally accepted rules of conduct and modifying your behavior in an effort to comply with these social or legal expectations. You are responsible for your behavior.

Final Grades

Dr. Mentor does not post or discuss final grades after the conclusion of the course. If grades are made available online, be advised that if there is any error the grade you receive from the registrar is your official grade. Grade changes will be made only in cases of data or computation error. Please do not ask, beg, or otherwise attempt to change a properly computed grade.

Course Outline

This course outline is intended to define much of what will happen throughout this course. Changes are possible. Any changes will be clearly presented to the class and will often include class discussion. Changes will apply to all students enrolled in this course, without regard to whether they were involved in the discussion.


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April 2004 - Kenneth Mentor