CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice


S1P 2006 DN


McLendon, Jesse


Senior Adjunct Faculty


AAS Criminal Justice Administration - Maple Woods Community College 1984
BS Criminal Justice Administration/Public Administration - Park College 1988
MPA Public Affairs - Public Management - Park College 1993

Office Hours

Before and After Class

Daytime Phone

Office:  (816) 412 7909

Other Phone

Home:  (816) 454 5844




Semester Dates

June 7, 2006 thru July 26, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM


105, EN 106, passing the WTC and senior standing.

Credit Hours


Visions for Crime:  Crime and Justice in the Twenty-First Century, by Rosyln Muraskin and Albert R. Roberts, (Prentice Hall, Fourth Edition) ISBN 0-13-177689-4

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

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 <a href='index.aspx?Class=EN306'>EN306</a> requirement for Criminal Justice majors. Pre-requisites: <a href='index.aspx?Class=EN105'>EN105</a>, <a href='index.aspx?Class=EN106'>EN106</a>, passing the WCT and senior standing. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on the interactive.  Lectures, readings, quizzes, group work, class discussion, examinations, writings and use of the internet are significant components of this learning process.  Students will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize information learned.

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:
A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course.   Students will be assessed on their class participation, essay writing, and a research paper.

Students will be evaluated on the total number of points each student earns as compared to the greatest amount of points that may be earned in each class activity.  In the determining the number of points assigned to an activity, the factors will be the following questions:
      * Was the work completed?
      * Was the work completed correctly?
      * Was the work completed on time?

All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period they are due.

Course grades are determined on the following basis:
   - Participation        10% 800 pts
   - Written chapter summaries 10% 800 pts
   - Essays 20% 200 pts
   - Thesis Paper 30% 100 pts
   - Thesis Paper Presentation 30%   100 pts

Total points for the semester/term 100%       2000  pts

• Grading percentages:

90 – 100   =  A
80 -  89   =  B
70 -  79   =  C
60 -  69   =  D
0 -  59   =  F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
For each three days the assignment is late, 10 points or one letter grade will be deducted.  No Course materials will be accepted after Friday of the last week of the semester/term.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
* Attend class and be prompt.  Class attendance will be considered in the determination of the final course grade.  Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class period and after breaks.  Students arriving late to class disrupt the learning environment, so those who continually arrive late and leave early will have their final grade lowered.
* Students must make sure all cell phones and pagers are either turned off or on vibrate.  Students who leave class to answer a call will have their grade lowered.
* Due to abuse in past semesters/terms, excused absences will not be given for absences the instructor has not been notified of, before the beginning of class.  Notification can be made by phone call to the instructor or e-mail at least an hour before class.  The student must also make up all the missed class work by the next class period.
* Be prepared for class.  This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss the assignment.  (This means the first week assignment is required the first night of class, make sure you have your book!)  This course will consist of class discussion and lecture.  You are expected to take part in the discussion, so it is very important that you are prepared for class.  Assigned reading will not always be reviewed in class, but examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussion.
* When students are required to complete writing assignments, using proper spelling, grammar, and source citations, either APA or MLA formatting is acceptable.
* Periodic essay assignments are required in this course.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines.
* A fifteen-page research paper is required for successful completion of this course.  As mentioned above APA or MLA formatting is acceptable using the required margins and no more than 12pt fonts.  The topic of the paper must analyze one of the following topics:  Management Techniques, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Structure, Leadership or Motivation.


Class Activities,Date


Meeting - 1,Meeting - 1

,June   7

,Reading Assignments:
? Chapter 1- Looking to the Future of Criminal Justice
? Chapter 2 – Reaffirming Juvenile Justice:  Strategies for the Future
? Chapter 4 – The Situation of Crime Victims in the Early Decades of the Twenty-First Century
? Read one of the other Chapters in Part II – Crime Challenges in the Twenty-First Century.
Chapter Summaries:  Complete a six page paper summarizing the weekly reading assignment.

Meeting - 2,Meeting - 2

,June   14

,Reading Assignments:
? Chapter 10 - Terrorism in America
? Chapter 11 – Profiling and Detention in the War on Terror:  Human Rights Predicaments for the Criminal Justice Apparatus
? Chapter 14 – Public Safety and Private Responses to Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction
? Read one of the other Chapters in Part III – Terrorism.
Chapter Summaries:  Complete a six page paper summarizing the weekly reading assignment.
Essay Assignment:  Write a five to six page paper explaining your thoughts as to whether or not the United States faces a terrorist threat.
Selection of a Thesis Topic:  The student must have a thesis developed and approved by the end of the second class meeting.

Meeting - 3,Meeting - 3

,June   21

,Reading Assignments:
? Chapter 17- The Influence of the Community in Community Policing in the Twenty-First Century
? Chapter 19 – Current and Future Practices and Strategies for Managing Police Corruption and Integrity
? Chapter 20 – Police Organizational Change:  Strategies for Effective Police Management in the Twenty-First Century
? Read one of the other Chapters in Part IV – The Police.
Chapter Summaries:  Complete a six page paper summarizing the weekly reading assignment.

Meeting - 4,Meeting - 4

,June   28

,Reading Assignments:
? Chapter 21 – The United States Supreme Court and the Death Penalty:  The Path to Abolition
? Chapter 22 – The Bill of Rights in the Twenty-First Century
? Chapter 23 – A critical Review of Civil Liberties and their Impact on Citizens' Constitutional Rights:  The US Patriot Act vs. the Red Scare
Chapter Summaries:  Complete a six page paper summarizing the weekly reading assignment.
Essay Assignment:  Write a five to six page paper explaining the US PATROIT Act and its impact on the Constitutional Rights of United States citizens and should the Patriot Act be extended or not.

Meeting - 5,Meeting - 5

,July    5

,Reading Assignments:
? Chapter 24- HIV/AIDS and Correctional Populations in the Twenty-First Century:  The Corrections Demonstration Project
? Chapter 25 – Sentencing in the Twenty-First Century:  Sentence Enhancement and Life Without Parole
? Chapter 26 – An Introduction to Prison Privatization:  Issues for the Twenty-First Century
Chapter Summaries:  Complete a six page paper summarizing the weekly reading assignment.

Meeting - 6,Meeting - 6

,July    12

,Reading Assignments:
? Chapter 27- Criminal Justice and Forensic Science:  Partners in Solving Crime
? Chapter 29 – The Technoecononmic Revolution:  Reengineering Criminal Justice Organizations and Workplaces
Chapter Summaries:  Complete a four page paper summarizing the weekly reading assignment.
Thesis Draft Due

Meeting - 7,Meeting - 7

,July    19

,Reading Assignments:
? Chapter 33 – The Administration of Justice Based on Gender and Race
? Chapter 34 – Criminal Justice Personnel in the Twenty-First Century:  The Importance of Diversity
Chapter Summaries:  Complete a four page paper summarizing the weekly reading assignment.

Meeting - 8,Meeting - 8

,July    26

,Thesis Paper Due
Thesis Presentation

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 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. 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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