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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 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 or ridicule which initiates dialogues. A good sense of humor is also encouraged.
Learning Outcomes:On completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate the skills needed to identify, research,
and debate current issues and trends in Criminal
2. Explain why existing policies associated with the "War
on Drugs" aren't effective in reducing both drug abuse
and drug-related crime.
3. Recognize the trends associated with the rediscovery of
the basic needs and interests of crime victims.
4. Explain how current intervention strategies, community
policing, problem solving techniques, and policy
implications may lessen the growth of illegal gang
5. Explain the reasons why juvenile justice has undergone
a major transformation in recent years.
6. Identify the three models of juvenile justice that have
emerged which will characterize the juvenile court of
7. Explain how court decisions, legislative efforts, and
law enforcement remedies attempt to control porno-
8. Recognize the various ways that the media reports
about criminality and how it influences the public
perceptions of crime.
9. Explain how the prevalence of domestic violent crimes
have changed the police, courts, and legislators to
change their response to domestic violence.
10. Evaluate the aspects of the present debate concerning
the constitutionality of the death penalty.
11. Identify the issues relevant to prison privatization in
the twenty-first century.
12. Recognize the scope of jail and prison crowding and
evaluate the reform measures being implemented.
13. Evaluate current sentencing procedures of offenders and
explain the impact it has on prison populations and
14. Identify changes needed in the criminal justic system
concerning the increase of criminality of women
15. Explain how race and gender influences decisions made
in the criminal justice system and how the problems may
16. Write a thesis.
17. Design and construct the research, writing and defense
of a thesis.
18. 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.
19. Assess the ethical and value questions in the criminal
20. Criticize factual situations, applying
Course Assessment: 1. Articles: Three written articles from your assigned
textbook will be required. The articles will be typed,
two pages in length, and may be double-spaced. Students
will lead a group discussion of their topics. The
articles will count as 30% of your final grade.
Guidelines concerning how to write and present the
articles will be discussed in class along with their due
2. Write and defend a thesis. The thesis will count as 60%
of your final grade.
3. Thesis requirements:
(a) A current issue or trend in criminal justice will be
(b) Your topic must be approved by the instructor.
(c) The thesis must be 12 pages in length, excluding
bibliography, appendices, etc.
(d) The thesis must be typed and may be double-spaced.
(e) Use at least (10) sources with only five of the
sources being from the internet.
(f) Make an outline for your thesis.
(g) Prepare a draft thesis (Body Only).
(h) Give a 15 minute presentation in class, defending
4. Your thesis must contain the following:
(a) Title page
(c) Text, including introduction
(d) Method, results, and discussions
(g) Appendices, Pictures, Diagrams, Tables, etc.
(h) Footnotes, etc.
5. No written examinations will be given in this course!!!
Grading: 1. 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 how the thesis and articles will be
graded 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 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 in the library at DMAFB, please obey all library rules of conduct. Library orientation will be provided to the students.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: October 29: Introduction, Review of Syllabus, and Library
CHAPTER 1: "Looking to the Future of Criminal
ASSIGNMENTS OF ARTICLE TOPICS ALONG WITH THEIR
CHAPTER 2: "The War on Drugs"
November 5: Group discussion
CHAPTER 3: "Situations of Crime Victims"
CHAPTER 5: "Future of Obscenity and
CHAPTER 6: "Public Perceptions and
Misperceptions of Crime and
CHAPTER 7: "Police Response to Domestic
CHAPTER 10:"The Rise and Fall of the Death
Penalty in the Twenty-First
November 12: Group discussion
CHAPTER 4: "Gangs"
CHAPTER 14: "Reaffirming Juvenile Justice"
CHAPTER 20: "Introduction to Prison
CHAPTER 21: "Court-Ordered Reform of Jails"
CHAPTER 22: "Sentence Enhancement and Life
CHAPTER 23: "Women and the Law"
CHAPTER 25: "The Administration of Justice
Based on Gender and Race"
November 19: Field Trip. Most likely the field trip will
be during a weekday. Date and location of trip
will be decided in class.
November 26: Instruction: How to write, develop, and
select a thesis topic. Also, how to utilize
resource materials when writing a thesis.
Handouts will be provided.
Students will begin the following tasks:
YOUR TOPIC MUST HAVE BEEN SELECTED BY
Begin Outlines Collect Resource Materials
December 3: OUTLINE OF THESIS DUE/Write Draft Thesis
December 10: DRAFT THESIS DUE/Begin Revision/Write Final
December 17: Presentation of Thesis along with Group
discussion of each Thesis.
NOTE: STUDENTS WILL BE ADVISED OF ANY CHANGES TO
INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION AND GUIDANCE WILL
BE PROVIDED AT ALL CLASSES CONCERNING THE
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"Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on test, examinations, papers, or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park." Your integrity should be your greatest attribute.
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 85-87Plagiarism-the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one's original work-sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.
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 89Attendance/Participation: Due to the correlation of each proceeding class, your consistent attendance and participation is very important. Attendance means being physically present for class. Participation means completing course requirements in a timely manner along with participating in classroom discussions/projects. Students are encouraged to ask questions and view their opinions. Your attendance/participation grade counts for ten percent (10%) of your final grade. You will receive twelve point five percent (12.50%) for each class your attend and participate in (8 x 12.50% = 100%). Excused absences may be granted by the instructor by calling prior to class. Being more than ten (10) minutes late without prior notification to the instructor or Park University Staff will result in receiving less points for that class.
Special Circumstances: Emergencies do exist which will be verified and will allow you NOT TO BE PENALIZED. These emergencies must be reported to the instructor or university personnel PRIOR to class. Events like deaths within the family, hospitalization, events at work beyond your control, and family members (spouse, children) involved with serious incidents/illnesses are considered emergencies. If an emergency occurs within minutes or on the way to class (accidents, being a victim of a crime,etc.) notification may be done the following day to the instructor or to university personnel. If contacting university personnel, please provide them a number where I can contact you and we can discuss the matter.
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