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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
Peters, Anthony


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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CourseCJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice MY
SemesterU1F2005
FacultyPeters, Anthony
TitleSenior Instructor
Degrees/CertificatesAS, BA, MA
CPP, Network+, MCP, MCSE, CISSP,CISM
Office HoursBy Appointment
Daytime Phone703-550-4044
E-Mailanthony.peters@park.edu
Semester DatesMay 30 - July 31, 2005
Class DaysThursdays
Class Time1700 - 2200
PerquisitesEN 105, EN 106, Passing the WCT and Senior Standing
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Monk, Richard C., ed.(June 9, 2000).  Taking Sides - Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Crime and Criminology (6th ed), New York, NY: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin.  

Students are also required to have a reference book with APA or MLA style guidelines.
Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
- FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin , Published Monthly, Available at the Fort Myer Library.

- Police Chief Magazine, Published Monthly, Available at the Fort Myer Library.

- Hagan, Frank E. (1982).  Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology.  New York, NY: MacMillan Publishing.

- FBI. Uniform Crime Report.  Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Most Current Year.

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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 EN 306 requirement for Criminal Justice majors.  Prerequisites:  EN 105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, demostrations and student application of the taught processes.  Readings and writing asssignments, dialogues, thesis development by a structured process, progress reports, Internet, videos, and web sites will be used to further educational process for this course.  I will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of hypotheses, ideas, issues and contradictions for the development of their Senior Thesis.  Additionally, field trips to criminal justice agencies will be scheduled to allow us to see the "Real world" criminal justice system in action.  I encourage students to bring their work experiences into the classroom.

Learning Outcomes:
Understand the approaches to thesis formats; appreciate the various methods of research; understand the problems associated with research methodologies; writing footnotes; present thesis approach; appreciate the concepts of criminal justice research; demonstrate knowledge of interpreting results; develop present and  defend a formal senior thesis to the class.  Students will be required to assess the ethical and value questions in the criminal justice system, and criticize factual situations by applying this knowledge.  Improve your ability to effectively gather, evaluate, and communicate information (in both written and oral forms), including the use of the Internet for communication and research.  Design and construct the research, writing and defense of a thesis.  Students will be required to develop one introduction, one research conclusion, ten research questions, ten hypotheses, ten problem statements, one page list of limitations, one page of variables, and a template for analysis.  

Students in this course will be required to apply criminal justice concepts in pursuit of literacy, Specifically:  

- Critical Literacy - Students will build and expand their mastery of the basic skills in communication, computing, information management as they apply to the methods and approaches to developing a senior thesis. Recognition of the diversity in the processes and methods of critical thinking and problem-solving, and research methods that contribute to the enhancement of society.  Appreciation of the history and variety of approaches for examining and using information, and their technological application in contemporary life.  Understanding the problems associated with various research methodologies. Acquisition of tools for gathering, retrieving, evaluating, and communicating information and data.  These tools should include the basic skills in writing, speaking, listening, computing and the use of computers, and problem solving.  

- Civil Literacy - Understand the complexity of the American social, political, economic, and criminal justice systems.  Acquire tools for responsible citizenship involvement and for participation in the systems.  Recognize the existence of diverse alternative systems and their necessary global relationships.  Build an appreciation for the geographical and historical roots shaping the systems.  

- Values Literacy - Understanding the importance of value concerns in human life, and the ability to distinguish them from factual matters.  Recognizing the major ways proposed for resolving value questions, and the ability to evaluate them and use them where appropriate.  Appreciating the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found, yet openness to the possibility that there may be common goals and principles that can serve as the basis for intercultural judgments.  Acquiring tools for analyzing value questions, and acquisition of a set of personal values that are continually held up for review even as one tries to live by them.

Course Assessment:
The mid-term presentation and draft copy of your paper will count 40%.  The final presentation and paper, due on the last day of class, will count 60%.  Grading assessment will include such factors as: timeliness (BEING ON TIME WITH YOUR PRESENTATION AND PAPERS), topic difficulty, format, grammar, logical presentation, depth, range and timeliness of references.  Presentation time will be assigned during the fourth class session.  Be prepared to discuss assigned readings.  Students will be given library reading assignments.  Additional handout material will be provided by the instructor.

Grading:
The mid-term presentation and draft copy of your paper will count 40%.  The final presentation and paper will be due on the last day of class will count 60%.  Grading assessment will include such factors as: timeliness (BEING ON TIME WITH YOUR PRESENTATION AND PAPERS), topic difficulty, format, grammar, logical presentation, depth, range and timeliness of references.  Presentation time will be assigned during 4th class session.  
Grading Scale:

A . . . . . . . . . 93% to 100%
B . . . . . . . . . 83% to 92.99%
C . . . . . . . . . 73% to 82.99%
D . . . . . . . . . 63% to 72.99%
F . . . . . . . . . 62% and below or more than 15 course hours missed.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments and papers are required to be submitted on time. Late submissions will result in an adjustment to the student final grade (See course assessment).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Civil class participation is required for the successful completion of this course.  Students are expected to maintain proper behavior.  Unruly conduct will not be tolerated.  Students are required to maintain care with class room furniture and equipment.  All trash will be removed and disposed of properly.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
                       

Meeting NumberClass ActivitiesText Assignments Tests/Other Requirements
1Data gathering and analysis techniques.Issue 1Thesis Progress Reports-Topics?
2Constructing/Using questionnaires.   Issue 2Thesis Progress Reports-Populations to be sampled?
3Interview and telephone survey.  Using the computer to enhance graphics.Issue 3Thesis Progress Report/Review.
4Maintaing data integrity. Data analysis Techniques.Issue 4Senior
Thesis Progress Report/Review.
5Observations and case studies.Issue 5Preliminary Draft Thesis due.
6Present and turn in draft thesis.   Issue 6Draft Thesis - Mid Term Grade.
7Thesis Corrective Action Review.  
Issue 7Thesis Corrective Action Report.
8Group 1 -Final Thesis and Presentations.   Issue 8Final Thesis and Presentations.
9Group 2 - Final Thesis and Presentations   Issue 9Final Thesis and Presentations.

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 101

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 101

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100

Disability Guidelines:

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:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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