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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.
Infinito, Vincent


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.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

Semester

S2M 2008 CH

Faculty

Infinito, Vincent

Title

Senior Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

B.A., St. Francis, Loretto, PA.
J.D., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Office Location

Training Bldg., MCAS, Cherry Point, Havelock, NC

Office Hours

3:30pm - 4:30 pm Mon/Wed

Daytime Phone

252-638-4980

E-Mail

Vincent.Infinito@park.edu

Semester Dates

March 17 - May 10, 2008

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

7:30 - 10:00 PM

Prerequisites

EN105, EN106, WCT

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

TAKING SIDES, Clashing Views in Crime and Criminology,  Eighth Edition, Thomas J.

Hickey, McGraw-Hill, 2008.

ISBN 978-0-07-339721-4
 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Deviant Behavior,  McCaghy ,(MacMillan) 1978; A Heuristic Model of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Zalman (Univ. of Illinois) 1981; The  Criminal and His Victim, Hans vonHertig (Yale Univ Press) 1948; Criminology, Sutherland & Cressey (1.B.Lippencott) 1960. Thinking About Crime, rev.ed. James Q. Wilson,Vintage Books, 1983. Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics 2001, Bureau of Justice StatisticsU.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. 2002.
American Society of Criminologists links to basic Criminology Resources:   http://www.sociology.niu.edu
National Crime Victims Research And Treatment Center and links to related resources::   http://www.musc.edu/cvc/
American Society of Criminology:   http://www.americansocietyofcriminology.org
National Institute of Justice:   http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij
Office of Victims of Crime:   http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc
 

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Course Description:
This capstone course addresses 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: EN105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing 3:0:3.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Assess the ethical and value questions in the criminal justice system.
  2. Criticize factual situations, applying this knowledge.
  3. Improve the ability to effectively gather, evaluate, and communicate information (in both written and oral forms), including the use of the Internet for communication and research.
  4. Design and construct the research, writing and defense of a thesis.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

The final course grade for the student will be determined  by  class participation,  discussion, research and assigned projects or  term papers.
 
Class Participation         15%
Discussion                     15%
Senior Thesis                 50%
Research                       20%

Grading:

 
 
                           Class Participation         15%
                           Discussion                     15%
                           Senior Thesis                 50%
                           Research                       20%
The Senior Thesis and Research will be graded according to the rubric which is included in the syllabus.
Specifics for the Formulation of the Thesis, Research, Preparation, Writing and Defense of the Thesis are included under the heading of Additional Information.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

    The instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero.” All tests must be taken on the dates the class is given the test. Extreme situations may be handled by the instructor on a case-by-case basis. A determination of an “extreme situation” is solely the instructor’s.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Cell phones, beepers and other communication devices are not to be used, or on, during class. Disruptive behavior (as determined by the instructor) is unfair to the other students and will not be tolerated. Loud talking, snoring, sleeping, coming late to class or leaving early, except in emergencies, will not be tolerated. Multiple disruptions over a term will lead to the withdrawal of the student from the class by the instructor. The instructor may announce other rules from time to time.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

March 17   - Unit 1 Issues 1,2 &3 All class members be prepared to discuss.
                  - Asignments for next class - Review of Thesis rules 
March 19   - Debate Assignments for remainder of term issued
March 24   - All Thesis topics must be submitted.    Debate 2 & 3
March 26   - Debates 4 & 5
March 31   - Debates 6 & 7.  Thesis outlines to be submitted
April 2        - Debates 8 & 9
April 7        - Debates 10 & 11. Review of reference notes.
April 9        - Debates 12 & 13. Review of reference notes
April 14      - Defense of Thesis, per assignment. (Add'l debates if necessary)
April 16      - Defense of Thesis   "         "
April 21      - Defense of Thesis   "         " & Discussions
April 23      - Defense of Thesis   "         "
April 28      - Defense of Thesis   "         "  & Discussions
April 30      - Defense of Thesis   "         " Submission of all Thesis Papers
May 5         - Defense of Thesis   "         "
May 7         -  Defense of Thesis, if necessary Discussions

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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. 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 .

Additional Information:

The thesis must exhibit not only specific knowledge, but must also reflect growth in higher order thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation. It should reflect a lengthy experimental design, or theoretical report using the typical social science research style of reporting a problem, developing a methodology to solve it, testing results and arriving at a conclusion. To that end your thesis statement must be preapproved before research. The instructor will ensure that the thesis contains an appropriate statement that defines your goal, narrows your purpose and confirms your aim. Your thesis may develope as you do research but it will contain the expectation of what you are going to prove, defend or illustrate. "A research hypothesis is an educated guess. Its a declarative sentence or two stating that a relationship exists between two or more phenomena."

In addition, an outline of your paper will also be required for review and approval by the instructor to ensure that the paper will follow the general scientific guidelines of defining a research problem, formulating a meaningful hypothesis,conducting a review of existing literature for what is know of the problem, identification of variables, formulation of research, study, analysis and conclusions.


 

 

 

Rubric


   
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
   
Competency Exceeds Expectation (3) Meets Expectation (2) Does Not Meet Expectation (1) No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

           Outcomes

           2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact assembles at least 8

           

           Sources from class readings, observations, and other resources

           

            
The artifact assembles  at least 6-8 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources  The artifact assembles 5 or fewer sources from only one resource  The artifact does not utilize proper resources 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

           Outcomes

           1,2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifact will display the use of at least 8 outside sources and the ability to draw a well supported conclusion about the case chosen  The artifact will display the use of at least 6-8 sources and an adequate conclusion about the case chosen  The artifact will display the use of 5 or fewer outside resources and show little ability to draw a conclusion about the case chosen  The artifact does not display a proper conclusion about the case chosen 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

           Outcomes

           1,2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 3 or more evaluation perspectives in examining the facts contained in the case chosen.  The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 2 evaluation perspectives in examining the facts contained in the case chosen  The artifact contains 1 evaluation perspective  in examining the facts contained in the case chosen  Evaluation is not present in the artifact 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

           Outcomes

           1, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The artifact contains no errors in terminology  The artifact contains 1-2 errors in terminology  The artifact contains 3-4 mistakes in terminology  The artifact contains 5 or more errors in terminology 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

           Outcomes

           1, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The artifact discusses more than 5 key elements and displays an exceptional understanding of the elements  The artifact discusses 5 key elements and displays an understanding of the elements  The artifact discusses fewer than five key elements and displays little understanding of the elements  The artifact does not discuss key elements 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

           Outcomes

           2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding of terminology and concepts through out the paper  The artifact shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper  The artifact shows little and unsatisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper  The artifact fails to demonstrate an understanding of terminology and concepts 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

           Outcomes

           1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact is in APA or MLA format, is at least 6 pages in length, and displays proper grammar and no spelling errors  The artifact is in APA or MLA format, is 4-6 pages in length, displays proper grammar, and no more than 2 spelling errors  The artifact is not in a proper format, contains multiple grammar errors, and more than 2 spelling errors  The artifact is not in proper format, contains multiple grammar errors , and multiple spelling errors 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

           Outcomes

           1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact contains the following:

           

           -Title page

           

           -Body

           

           -Bibliography with at least 8 sources

           

           -outline

           

            
The artifact contains the following:

           

           -Title page

           

           -Body

           

           -Bibliography of at least 6-8 sources

           

           

           

            
The artifact does not contain one or more of the following:

           

           -title page

           

           -body,

           

           -bibliography of at least 5 sources

           

            
The artifact is missing most of the required elements 

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