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OER Course Conversion Projects


            CJBS 300: Criminal Justice

                    Theory in Practice


                                 OER for CJBS 300



Welcome to CJBS 300: Theory in Practice.  This course builds upon knowledge acquired in previous courses and connects theoretical approaches with practical applications. This course is "ZTC" which means you do not have to purchase a textbook. The readings are found at this website or on Blackboard (supplementary readings), with links to Internet open sources or to articles and/or ebooks found at the John Jay College website. The library resources are not open, but with your college login, they are free for you and qualify as open educational resources OER).

Students will study a broad array of assessments and evaluations of the policies and programs that have evolved in the field of Criminal Justice.  Students will review and analyze experiments such as D.A.R.E., Minneapolis Domestic Violence and Kansas City Preventive Patrol in the light of relevant criminal justice theories.  The ultimate goal of the course is to provide students with essential skills for critically evaluating and assessing programs, based on findings from empirical studies and the scholarly literature. In sum, the course focuses on how to evaluate evidence, how to generate evidence, and how to incorporate evidence-based practice in youth justice and criminal justice policy.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify important theories and practices in criminal justice.
  • Differentiate between types of research: quantitative versus qualitative and the ethical consideration inherent in each approach.
  • Recognize and differentiate issues of diversity which may intersect with a given criminal justice topic of research.
  • Evaluate research published in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Conduct, analyze and interpret basic statistical evaluation methods to determine effectiveness of criminal justice programs.