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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
Schlicht, James O.


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CourseCJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice BUX
SemesterF2H2005
FacultySchlicht, James O.
TitleProfessor of Criminal Justice/Adjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesB.A., Political Science, University of Kentucky
J.D., Duquesne University
Office Location43 Planters Circle, Ladys Island, SC 29907
Office HoursBY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Daytime Phone(843)524-1752
E-Mailjames.schlicht@park.edu
joschl1@yahoo.com
(Note:  This is the preferred e-mail address)
Semester Dates24 October to 18 December 2005
Class DaysTBA
Class TimeTBA
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Monk, Richard C.:  Taking Sides (Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Crime and Criminology) Sixth Edition

Textbooks can be purchased through 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
         Youth, Continued

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 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.

  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 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
 
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