Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: Student may wish to consult other resources on research methodology as well as various sources for research materials. The student needs to consult resources on various writing styles. The three styles accepted are MLA, APA, and Chicago. Three helpful resources are:
A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Turabian; The Elements of Style by Strunk and White; and A Pocket Style Manual by Hacker.
Course Description: Current issues and trends in criminal justice with emphasis on group discussion. Each student will be required to prepare, submit and defend a senior thesis. Successful completion of the thesis is mandatory. This course will satisfy the EN306 requirement for Criminal Justice majors. Pre-requisites: EN105, EN106, passing the WCT and senior standing. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: To present the student with several propositions using current research methodologies dealing with the myths, realities, and public perception relating to crime issues and problems existing in the United States. Examined will be the interaction that does or does not exist among various components in and around the criminal justice system and the validity of various research modalities.
Learning Outcomes:Successful completion should enable the student to understand research issues within the criminal justice system; identifying some of the various theories that attempt to explain crime, criminality, and causal factors; define to some degree the various roles of the components of the system as they attempt to interact; explore/differentiate between liberal and conservative views/approaches to the crime problem; and select a relevant criminal justice topic, idetify and provide resource materials, and develop, submit, and defend a thesis.
Course Assessment: The course is an individualized instruction course. The student shall complete a research thesis. The thesis will consist of a minimum of 30 pages narrative, typed, double spaced, and written professionally. It shall include a cover page, contents page, and works cited page. The student shall consult with the instructor face to face and by phone, mail, and e-mail at least 3 hours per week. Regarding the grading of the paper, the instructor has the option of deducting points at his discretion for all work considered subpar. The paper shall be graded on content, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Grading: Research project is 90% of grade.
Participation and defense of the thesis is 10%.
Late Submission of Course Materials: The student is expected to submit any course materials as requested by the instructor upon demand. Allowances can be made for any documented illness/emergency/work related issues. If the student cannot finish the course due to some unforseen situation, an incomplete can be granted if the student files for an incomplete with the university which has to be approved by the instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: A college classroom is designed to be non-threatening. Open discussion of subject matter is encouraged. However students are expected to respect the rights and feelings of other students at all times. Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from the class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from Park Univeristy. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion from Park University. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior towards administrative personnel or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: March 23 Orientation and Consultation
March 30 Consultation
April 6 Consulation/Turn in Prospectus on Topic
April 13 Consultation/Initial Rough Draft Due
April 20 Consultation
April 27 Consultation/Second Rough Draft Due
May 4 Consultation
May 11 Consultation/Final Rough Draft Due
May 18 Final Draft Due and Presentation
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101My personal philosophy is that any student who cheats should receive no less than a failing grade for the course. Information can sometimes be gathered and presented through accident or ignorance. If unsure, the student needs to consult the instructor.
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101Plagiarism is a serious matter and will not be tolerated, so the student is unsure as to what constitutes plagiarism needs to consult the instructor.
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 100As mentioned under Late Submission of Course Material, the student must provide documentation to receive credit for an excused absence.
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
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