Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: INFOTRAC, Library, and web sites as recommended
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: This is an individualized-instruction seminar that requires ono-on-one interaction between the student and the instructor.
Learning Outcomes:Students will develop an understanding of the definitions and causes of crime; explore the relationships among race, gender, and youth to the criminal justice system; review current criminological research and public policy; and explore future trends in criminal justice.
Course Assessment: Four 10-15 page papers will be required, each dealing with a specific issue area delineated in the text. Each paper will be presented orally to the seminar.
Grading: Each paper will constitute 25% of the course grade.
A = 100-90%; B = 80-89%; C = 70-79%; D = 60-69%; F = <60%
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late submission absent a reasonable excuse will result in a reduction of one letter grade for each day late.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students should be on time, be prepared, be appropriately attired, and must turn off cell phones and pagers during class.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Week 1 Definitions and Explanations of Crime Issues 1-4
Week 2 CJ & Race, Gender, & Youth Issues 5-7
Week 3 1st Paper Due; Race, Gender & Issues 8-10
Week 4 Prison Programs and Alternatives Issues 11-13
Week 5 2nd Paper Due; CJ Research, Issues 14-16
Evaluation, & Public Policy
Week 6 3rd Paper Due
Week 7 Future Trends Issues 17-19
Week 8 4th Paper Due
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
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Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 100
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