CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
S2T 2006 DL
B.A. English and American LiteratureJuris Doctor St. Mary's University School of Law
El Paso, Texas
T/TH 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. MST or as needed
tel: (915) 852-9386
March 13, 2006 - May 7, 2006
EN 105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing.
Textbook: Title: Debating Crime: Rhetoric and Reality
Author: David W. Neubauer
Publisher: Wadsworth, Thomsom, Leaning
Year. 2001 - 1st Edition
Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore
Additional Resources: Suggested Reading about Writing a Thesis include:
Salkind, Neil. Exploring Research. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall. 2000
Rudestam, Kjell Erik and Newton, Rae R. Surviving Your Dissertation. Newberry Park: Sage Publications. 1992
Booth, Wayne C., Colomb, Gregory G, and Williams, Joseph M. The Craft of Research. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 1995
Bolker, Joan. Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day. New York: Henry Holt and Company. 1998
Fryxell, David. How to Write Fast. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books. 1992
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 facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, writings, and discussion thead dialogues. It is believed that such interaction will lead to the establishment of a life-long quest for knowledge and a continued appreciation for education.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Grading: Course Grading Scale
This subsection should list the grading scale and weighting for all of the graded work during a course. The grading scale must use the following scale below, and point totals for each letter grade must be included.
A = 90- 100% (or 900 points or higher)
B = 80-89% (or 800 to 899 points)
C = 70-79% (or 700 to 799 points)
D = 60-69% (or 600 to 699 points)
F = < 60% (599 or fewer points)
Your thesis 50%
Defense of thesis 5%
Participation in discussion area 1 5%
Participation in discussion area 2 5%
Written responses to discussion question in area 2 20%
Final exam on current issues 15%
Late Submission of Course Materials: Submission of Late Work: Each week runs from Monday morning through Sunday night, 11:59 pm. I enter grades for the previous week on Monday morning and these grades are not changed.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Course-Specific Policies:
This course is offered online, over the Internet, using the eCollege platform. This course is different than many Online classes because it involves writing an extensive paper. You will be doing reading and writing primarily by yourself, but with close contact and guidance by your instructor.
You have some work with your classmates in the discussion area. 1) In one discussion area, you should be sharing your insights and progress on your thesis with them. 2) In the second area, you should be discussing the readings and answering questions about the current issue.
In order to satisfactorily complete this online class, you should plan to spend twelve hours a week. I would suggest eight hours be spent working on the thesis. This may include time in Discussion Area 1 or reading and writing on your own. Then you should spend some time reading and analyzing the current issues and answering the questions posed by the instructor in Discussion Area 2.
Class weeks begin on Monday and end on Sunday. You will be graded on the work you completed by the end of Sunday; that is, if you have an e-mail assignment, it is due before Sunday late and if submitted later, it will be counted late. You will be graded on your participation in the two discussion areas on Sunday. Because of the difficulty of the task required in this course, you must stay current; otherwise, you will never finish.
The instructor expects you to send thesis assignments and drafts via the Internet in MS Word, not Word Perfect. If you plan to send by FAX or postal service, you must inform the instructor will in advance of due dates.
You should use e-mail for private messages to your professor and other students and for submission of thesis drafts. The class discussion is for public messages. The discussion area is similar to a tradition classroom where anything you say may be heard/seen by everyone in the class.
Students should review the applicable online policies noted below. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.
Online Course Policies:
Policy #1: Submission of Work:
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am EST and Sunday at 11:59 PM EST. The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date.
Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch in cyberspace won't erase your efforts.
When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word, RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats.
Policy #2: Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation
General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class.
Online threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.
Online Instructor Response Policy: Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.
Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course. What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism. Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.
Please check the Announcements area before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?). If you don't see your question there, then please contact your instructor.
Policy #3: What to do if you experience technical problems or have questions about the Online classroom.
If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your Online course, click on the button in your Online Classroom, then click on the helpdesk menu item, and then fill out the form or call the helpdesk for assistance.
If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Week one
Discussion topic: Prospects on debating crime
Thesis task: Determine topic - develop a working bibliography
Discussion topic: Debating Crime and guns and debating the limits of police power
Thesis task: Write the methodology section of your thesis
Discussion topic: Debating the role of crime victims and debating the fairness of courts
Thesis task: Write a review of literature
Discussion topic: Debating sentencing and debating "Equal justice under law" Race and Gender
Thesis task: Do more research
Discussion topic: Debating prisons
Thesis topic: Put paper into appropriate format
Discussion topic: Debating juvenile delinquency
Thesis task: Write rough draft and send to professor and partner
Discussion topic: Waging Holy war: public morals and private vices
Thesis task: Prepare final draft, proofread, and submit to profesor
Discussion topic: Debating the criminal justice system
Thesis task: Defend thesis to the professor and complete final
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 .