CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
S2D 2006 DA
Schneider, Sally A.
March 27 - May 21, 2006
4:45 - 7:25 PM
Textbook: Hickey, Thomas J. "Taking Side: Crashing Views in Crime and Criminology." 7th edition. McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., Dubuque, Iowa 2001.
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: The philosophy for this course is one of interactiveness based on lectures, instruction, and group discussions. Students will be able to achieve class objectives by writing a thesis and defending it along with leading group discussions concerning current criminal justice trends. The instructor believes that students learn by active participation and working together as a team. Teamwork along with mutual respect is conducive to learning and promotes a harmonious atmosphere where everyone counts. The instructor will encourage students to express their opinions without fear of ridicule which inititates dialogues. A good sense of humor is also encouraged.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Grading: 1. Written Thesis – 60%
2. Articles – 30%
3. Attendance/Participation – 10%
4. Total Percent - 100%
5. Final Grade Criterion:
100-90 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
Below-59 = F
Note: Breakdown of the grading policy on the thesis and articles will be provided to the students.
Late Submission of Course Materials: All written assignments are due on their due dates. If you will not be attending class on that date, you must leave the paper etc., with personnel from Park University. All late papers will receive a ten (10%) percent reduction for each day it is tardy.
Extra credit is only allowed with emergency situations and excused absences.
If you feel that you need extra help in understanding this course, please contact me so I can provide assistance.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Please be respectful of your instructor and classmates. Students are expected to maintain the classroom and library in a neat, clean, and orderly fashion. Since this class is held in the DMAFB library, please obey all library rules of conduct. Library orientation will be provided to the students.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: March 27: Introduction Review of Syllabus, and Library
Assignments of Article Topics along with their
Overview of Textbook "Contents in Brief."
March 29: GROUP DISCUSSION
PART I - Definitions and Explanation of Crime
Issue 1 - Is Crime Always Functional?
Issue 2 - Is Criminal Behavior Biologically
Issue 3 - Does IQ Significantly Contribute to
Issue 4 - Is Street Crime More Serious than
White Collar Crime
April 03: GROUP DISCUSSION
PART 2 - Justice Issues and Contemporary Public
Issue 5 - Does Arresting Spousal Batterers Do
More Harm Than Good?
Issue 6 - Is Racial Profiling an Acceptable Law
Issue 7 - Should Serious Sex Offenders Be
Issue 8 - Should Juvenile Courts Be Abolished?
Issue 9 - Are the Dangers of Child Pornography
April 05: GROUP DISCUSSION
PART 3 - Prison Programs and Alternatives
Issue 10 - Is the Segregation of HIV-Positive
Issue 11 - Are Conjugal and Family
Issue 12 - Should Serial Killers and Violent
Sexual Predators Be Quarantined
April 10: GROUP DISCUSSION
PART 4 - Criminal Justice Research, Evaluation,
and Policy Analysis.
Issue 13 - Is Capital Punishment Bad Public
Issue 14 - Do More Guns Lead to Less Crime?
Issue 15 - Should the Police Enforce Zero-
April 12: GROUP DISCUSSION
Issue 16 - Should Marijuana Be Legalized?
Issue 17 - Do "Get Tough" Approaches Really
Issue 18 - Should Juries Be Able To Disregard
the Law and Free "Guilty" Persons
in Racially Charged Cases?
Issue 19 - Should Behavior Modification
Techniques Be Used To Brainwash
April 17: INSTRUCTION:
1. How to Write and Develop A Thesis.
2. How to Select and Manage A Thesis Topic.
3. How to Utilize Resource Materials When
Writing A Thesis.
4. Handouts Will Be Provided.
April 19: FIELD TRIP - State Prison, Tucson, AZ.
April 24: DISCUSSION OF FIELD TRIP.
Students Will Begin Their Outlines and Collect
April 26: OUTLINE OF THESIS DUE/ Begin Writing Draft
May 01: Continue Writing Draft Thesis.
May 03: Continue Writing Draft Thesis.
May 08: DRAFT THESIS DUE/ Begin Writing Final Thesis.
May 10: Continue Writing Final Draft Thesis.
May 15: PRESENTATION OF THESIS
Along With Group Discussion of Each Thesis.
May 17: PRESENTATION OF THESIS
Along With Group Discussion of Each Thesis.
NOTE: STUDENTS WILL BE ADVISED OF ANY CHANGES TO THE
INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION AND GUIDANCE WILL BE
PROVIDED AT ALL CLASSES CONCERNING THE THESIS.
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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
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. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
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 .