CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
S2D 2007 DA
Schneider, Sally A.
March 19 - May 13, 2007
4:45 - 7:25 PM
Neubauer, David W. "Debating Crime: Rhetoric and Reality." 7th edition, Wadsworth, Thomson Learning, Inc. Belmont, CA 2001
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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 of ridicule which inititates dialogues. A good sense of humor is also encouraged.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Class Assessment: 1. Articles: Four written articles from your assigned textbook will be required. The articles will be typed, one page 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 dates. 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 your topic. (b) The instructor must approve your topic. (c) The thesis must be 12 pages in length, excluding bibliography, appendices, etc. (d) The thesis must be typed and may be doubled-spaced. (e) Use at least ten (10) sources with only five of the sources being from the Internet. (f) Make an outline for your thesis. (g) Prepare a draft thesis. (h) Give a 15-minute presentation in class, defending your thesis. 4. Your thesis must contain the following: (a) Title Page (b) Abstract (c) Text, including introduction (d) Methods, results, and discussions (e) Summary/Conclusion (f) References (g) Appendices, Pictures, Diagrams, Tables, etc. (h) Footnotes, etc. 5. No written examinations will be given in this course!!!
Grading: 1. Written 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 the grading policy on the thesis and articles 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 that 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 held in the DMAFB library, please obey all library rules of conduct. Library orientation will be provided to the students.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: WEEK ONEMarch 20: Introduction review of syllabus, and library orientation.Assignment of article topics along with their due dates.Instruction reference selecting a thesis topic.Overview of text book “Brief contents”March 22: Group DiscussionPart I – Perspectives on debating crime:Perspective 1 – The ideology of the crime debatePerspective 2 - The politics of the crime debatePerspective 3 - The sociology of the crime debatePart II – Debating Crime and guns:Issue 1 – Does the constitution create a right ofindividuals bear arms?Issue 2 - Should gun control be adopted?________________________________________________________________________________________________
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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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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