Indiana University Northwest

Course Description

 Monica Solinas-Saunders

Monica Solinas-Saunders, Ph D.
School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Office: Dunes Prof. Bld Rm 2135A
Phone: 219-980-6661

Online Course Offered:
Fall,Spring Semester

SPEA-J 331 Introduction to Corrections

Course Description  

J331: Introduction to Corrections: This course is a survey of contemporary systems including the analysis or federal, state, and local corrections; adult and juvenile facilities and programs; probation, parole, and other intermediate sanctions. Issues related to race, ethnicity, and gender will be explored. An overview of career opportunities in corrections will be also provided. As this course will be completed entirely online, students are expect to also demonstrate an ability to work in a cyber-learning environment in which they will interact regularly with the instructor and the other students enrolled in the course. Students are also expected to demonstrate the ability to work in groups as instructed during the semester.

For a complete Description for this course, click on the Course Syllabus tab.

Course Goals and Objectives  

Course Goals and Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, a student should be able to:

  1. Articulate the different philosophies of punishment and how each influences current trends in corrections;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of challenges faced in corrections when working with different populations of offenders;
  3. Contrast and compare the similarities and differences in how the justice system approaches juvenile and adult offenders;
  4. Demonstrate a command of the terminology used in corrections;
Explain how theories are applied in research on inmates, prisons, and reentry issues through the analysis of case studies, interactions with agents of the Criminal Justice System, offenders, and ex-offenders.

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Course Activities  

Course Activities: During the semester students are required to:

  1. Read the materials assigned prior to class meetings or prior to completing online assignments;
  2. Read all the forums and post at least 2 comments (unless otherwise indicated in the weekly forum description);
  3. Complete 10 homework assignments on specific case studies assigned;
  4. Complete successfully 10 online quizzes;
  5. Successfully complete 1 Midterm and 1 Final exam.

A detailed description of each assignment will be provided at the beginning of each week throughout the semester. For more information about the course, grading methods, class rules, and weekly schedule, please open the Syllabus by clicking on the Syllabus Tab.

For a complete list of Activities/Assignments for this course, click on the Course Syllabus tab.

Course Syllabus  



Online Course Syllabus

Time: Online

Place: Online

Instructor: Dr. Monica Solinas-Saunders

Office: Dunes Medical Professional Building, Room 2135A

Phone: (219) 980-6661