buildOn and Justice & Society service event fall 2016

buildOn and Justice & Society service event fall 2018


About the Program

The Justice and Society Learning Community in the Department of Criminal Justice is offered in association with specifics classes. Learning Community (LC) classes are different from traditional classes in several ways. First, the Justice and Society LC attempts to replicate a small, liberal arts learning environment within a large, public university setting. Second, the LC is designed to create cohorts of students and continuity of instruction across semesters, as well as maximize the number and quality of student-professor interactions. Continuity is achieved through students’ exposure to the same professor for two consecutive semesters, while increased student-professor interactions are achieved through events and service-learning activities built into the course that occur outside the classroom. Third, our LC uses Peer Mentors (PM) to help assist you with the transition to the university classroom. Specifically, the PMs will work with you to refine note taking skills, proper study habits, and writing skills, among other things, in an effort to facilitate success in the classroom. Lastly, the LC places a great deal of importance on fostering connectedness among students, faculty, the Department, the University, and City of Detroit. 

Students who would like to take CRJ 1010 (CRN# 12621) in fall 2019 should understand the following about the Justice & Society Learning Community:

1. There are required events that occur outside of the class' normal meeting times (the most important being the buildOn service event held on a Saturday (TBD for fall 2019) in November.

     Example events from fall 2018:

Tuesday, September 4, 2018: The Central Park Five documentary viewing

Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 10:30am-11:45am: Guided Detroit Institute of Arts Tour

Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 10:30am-11:45am: Detroit Historical Museum

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 10:30am-11:30am: Courtroom Observations

Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9:00am-3:30pm: Buildon Service-Learning Event

Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 10:30am-11:30am: Jail Tour

Attend 2 Criminal Justice Student Organization Meetings

Attend 1 Wayne State University Football Game

2. The reading load is slightly heavier than a traditional CRJ 1010 course.

3. There are usually 3-4 reflection papers required.

4. There is a lot of group work/activity required.

5. Students who take CRJ 1010 in fall 2019 are expected to register for the Learning Community section of CRJ 3200 (Police & Society) in winter 2020

Interested students should complete the JSLC contract (download here) and return it to Marianka Holloway to obtain an override for CRJ 1010 for fall 2019.



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