Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: Students may wish to consult other resources on research methodology as well as various sources for research materials. The students needs to consult resources on various writing styles. The three styles accepted are the MLA, APA, and Chicago. The Chicago style is preferred by this instructor. 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 studentwith 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/does not exist among various components in and around the criminal justice system and the validity of various reserach modalities.
Learning Outcomes:Successful completion should enable students to understand research issues within the criminal justice system; identifying some of the varous 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, identify and provide resource materials, and develop, submit, and defend a thesis.
Course Assessment: Each student will take a mid term exam, final exam, and present a research thesis (including an oral presentation). The thesis shal consist of a minimum of 10 pages narrative (typed, double spaced) and shall also include at least a cover page, table of contents page, and works cited page (all of which are not included in the minimum of 10 pages). Papers are critiqued for proper grammer, punctuation, spelling, sentence and paragraph structure, and content. Students are encouraged to turn in preliminary drafts for perusal.
Grading: MId Term Exam 35%
Final Exam 35%
GRADE SCALE 92-100 = A
83-91 = B
74-82 = C
65-73 = D
Below 65, or 3 unexcused absences in a term, or 2 consecutive unexcused absences in a term = F
Regarding exams, a combination of styles of questions are used (true/false, yes/no, fill in, multiple choice, and narrative). The instructor has the option of granting full or partial credit for any exam question. The instructor has the discretion of determining what is good or subpar work on thesis papers, and has the discretion as to point deduction for work considered subpar.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Students are expected to take exams and submit the thesis on the assigned dates. Allowances can be made for any documented illness/emergency/work related issue. If a student cannot complete the course due to some unforseen situation, an incomplete may be granted if the student files for an incomplete with the university which has to be approved by the instructor if proper documentation is submitted.
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 others 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 alcohol or drugs, etc. Students who are dismissed from the class may be given a failing grade, suspension, or expulsion from Park University. 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 expultion from Park Univesity. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior towards administrative or support stafff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: May 30 Holiday-no class-to be made up later
June 6 Orientation/Syllabus
Chapter 1-Intro to Criminal Justice Research
Methods:Theory and Method
2-Ethics in Criminal Justice Research
June 13 Chapter 3-Research Design: The Experimental
Model and Its Variations
4-An Introduction to Alternative Data
Gathering Strategies and the
Special Case of Uniform Crime
5-Sampling and Survey Research;
June 20 Chapter 6-Survey Research: Interviews and
7-Participant Observation and Case
June 27 MId Term Exam
Chapter 8-Unobtrusive Measures, Secondary
Analysis, and the Uses of Official
9-Validity, Reliability, and
July 4 Holiday-no class-to be made up later
July 11 Chapter 10-Scaling and Index Construction
11-Data Analysis: Coding, Tabulation,
and Simple Data Presentation
July 18 Chapter 12-Data Analysis: A User's Guide to
13-Policy Analysis and Evaluation
July 25 Final Exam
Turn in Final Thesis and Presentation
Regarding the 2 holidays, those dates have to be made up. Dates will be presented to the class for those times to be made up and the schedule listed above can be amended.
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 own 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. When unsure, 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 101This is a serious matter and is not roletated, so the student when in doubt needs to not only refrain from being tempted to do it, but should 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 in the 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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