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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
Girvin, Ralph


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Course

CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice

Semester

F2B 2006 BL

Faculty

Ralph E. Girvin

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. English and American Literature
Juris Doctor St. Mary's University School of Law

Office Location

El Paso, Texas

Office Hours

M/W 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. MST or as needed

Daytime Phone

tel: (915) 852-9386

Other Phone

fax:(915) 975-8051

E-Mail

Ralph.Girvin@park.edu

Web Page

http://www.park.edu/ftbl/

Semester Dates

October 13, 2006 - December 1, 2006

Class Days

Friday

Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Prerequisites

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

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Title: Debating Crime: Rhetoric and Reality Author: David W. Neubauer Publisher: Wadsworth, Thomsom, Leaning Year. 2001 - 1st Edition ISBN: 0534527116

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Suggested Reading about Writing a Thesis include:

Salkind, Neil. Exploring Research. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall. 2000

Rudestam, Kjell Erik and Newton, Rae R. Surviving Your Dissertation. Newberry Park: Sage Publications. 1992

Booth, Wayne C., Colomb, Gregory G, and Williams, Joseph M. The Craft of Research.  

Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 1995 Bolker, Joan. Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day.

New York: Henry Holt and Company. 1998 Fryxell, David. How to Write Fast. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books.  1992

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McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


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: EN 105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing.

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based upon lectures, readings, and classroom discussions.

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.


  Instructor 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:
Assignment of Grades: You will be graded on your participation in the weekly discussions, your final paper and the defense of your final paper.

Grading:

Course Grading Scale

A = 90- 100% 

B = 80-89%

C = 70-79%

D = 60-69%

F = < 60%   

GRADES:

Your thesis = 70%

Defense of thesis = 20%

Participation in classroom discussions 10%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work is generally not accepted. All late work is subjected to a reduction in points and must be approved by the instructor prior to submission. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students are expected to be prepared, punctual and courteous.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

10/13 Week one : Prospects on debating crime

10/13 Week one: Thesis task: Determine topic - develop a working bibliography

10/20 Week two: Discussion topic: Debating Crime and guns and debating the limits of police power

10/20 Week two: Thesis task: Write the methodology section of your thesis

10/27 Week three: Discussion topic: Debating the role of crime victims and debating the fairness of courts

10/27 Week three: Thesis task: Write a review of literature

11/3 Week four: Discussion topic: Debating sentencing and debating "Equal justice under law" Race and Gender

11/3 Week four: Thesis task: Do more research

11/10 Week five: Discussion topic: Debating prisons

11/10 Week five Thesis topic: Put paper into appropriate format

11/17 Week six Discussion topic: Debating juvenile delinquency

11/17Week six: Thesis task: Write rough draft and provide to professor and partner

11/24 Week seven Discussion topic: Waging Holy war: public morals and private vices

11/24 Week seven Thesis task: Prepare final draft, proofread, and submit to professor

12/1 Week eight Discussion topic: Debating the criminal justice system

12/1 Thesis task: Defend thesis to the professor

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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.

  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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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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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